Barcelona 2 Chelsea 2 (agg 2-3): Brave Blues fight way to Champions League final with Torres goal after Terry's red card madness
20:45 GMT, 24 April 2012
Chelsea are into the Champions League final after goals from Ramires and Fernando Torres secured a 2-2 draw for 10-man Blues who sunk holders Barelona's at the Nou Camp.
Barca peppered the west Londoners' goal throughout the opening 45 minutes of the second leg and deservedly took the lead through Sergio Busquets, who tapped home from close range.
Things got worse for the Blues less than two minutes later when John Terry was sent off for inexplicably kneeing Alexis Sanchez from behind.
Stunner! Ramires' strike on the stroke of half time sealed the Blues' berth in the final
Barcelona: Valdes, Puyol, Pique (Dani Alves 26), Mascherano, Xavi, Busquets, Iniesta, Cuenca (Tello 58), Messi, Sanchez, Fabregas (Keita 74).
Subs: Pinto, Thiago, Pedro, Adriano.
Booked: Iniesta, Messi.
Goals: Busquets 35, Iniesta 43.
Chelsea: Cech, Ivanovic, Cahill (Bosingwa 12), Terry, Cole, Obi, Meireles, Mata (Kalou 58), Lampard, Ramires, Drogba (Torres 80).
Subs: Turnbull, Essien, Malouda, Sturridge.
Booked: Cech, Ivanovic, Ramires, Lampard Mikel.
Sent off: Terry.
Goals: Ramires 45+1, Torres 90+2
Referee: Cuneyt Cakir (Turkey)
Barcelona surged further ahead
through Andres Iniesta but then Ramires produced a magic moment in
stoppage time: a deft chip over the keeper.
Blues could even afford the luxury of conceding a penalty – early in
the second-half – which Messi slammed into the crossbar.
And with seconds remaining, Fernando Torres rounded Victor Valdes to make it 2-2 on the night and 3-2 on aggregate.
Di Matteo's side will now face the winner of Real Madrid v Bayern
Munich which takes place at the Bernabeu on Wednesday night.
More to follow…
Opener: Busquets opens the scoring on the night – sliding the ball home from seven yards out and celebrates (below)
Double your money: Iniesta rounds off a wonderful move to extend Barca's lead on the night
Smash and grab: Chelsea found themselves back in charge via Ramires' delicate strike on the stroke of half-time
Seeing red: Chelsea were right up against it after being reduced to ten men when captain Terry was sent off
Taking a tumble: Valdes, Drogba and Pique collide, leaving the Barca defender out for the count
Flashpoint: The players lost their composure briefly in the second-half after the the Barca bench celebrate the opener (below)