Iniesta in heaven

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Barcelona hero Andres Iniesta described Wednesday night's Champions League semi-final success over Chelsea as one of the happiest days of his life.

Iniesta's injury-time thunderbolt earned 10-man Barcelona a dramatic 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge and allowed them to progress through to a final showdown with Manchester United on the away goals rule.

Iniesta, who helped Barca win the 2006 Champions League, said: "You cannot dream of moments like this. This is one of the happiest days of my life. It was great."

He added: "I put my heart and soul into that shot and the ball went into the net in the only part of the goal where it could've gone in. I don't know what went through my head after I scored the goal."

Defeated Chelsea were left fuming following the match after having four penalty appeals turned down by referee Tom Henning Ovrebo.

However, Iniesta felt his side were full value for their place in the final as the Catalan giants moved a step closer to their quest of clinching an historic trophy treble this season.

"We deserved to win, not only for the game, but for everything, for the season we've had and for the effort we've put in," added the Spain international, who nevertheless had words of praise for their opponents.

"You have to admire Chelsea, as they have regularly been in the semi-finals for the last five years."

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