CHAMPIONS LEAGUE LIVE: Chelsea v Benfica – the action from Stamford Bridge as it happens
19:03 GMT, 4 April 2012
Follow Sportsmail's coverage of the Champions League as Chelsea host Benfica at Stamford Bridge for the second leg of their quarter-final. The Blues only need a draw to progress to the last four after a Salomon Kalou strike in Portugal handed them a 1-0 lead in the first leg. Email me your thoughts on the action at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact me @Ripinho.
Chelsea 0-0 Benfica (7.45pm)
Click here for the live goals as they go in
Chelsea: Cech, Ivanovic, Luiz, Terry,
Cole, Ramires, Mikel, Lampard, Kalou, Torres, Mata. Subs: Turnbull,
Essien, Drogba, Meireles, Ferreira, Sturridge, Cahill.
Benfica: Artur Moraes, Maxi Pereira,
Javi Garcia, Emerson, Capdevila, Witsel, Matic, Bruno Cesar, Aimar,
Subs: Eduardo, Nolito, Djalo, Nelson Oliveira, Rodrigo
Moreno, Saviola, Andre Almeida.
Referee: Damir Skomina (Slovenia)
All the latest from Real Madrid v APOEL
17min: Bruno Cesar is down receiving treatment after being on the end of a crunching, but fair, Ashley Cole tackle. He should be okay to continue.
15min: Terry brings down Aimar for a free-kick 35 yards out and you would have to say so far the visitors have found it very easy to carve through Chelsea's midfield. John Mikel Obi especially is struggling to track Aimar.
12min: Lovely finish from Mata to tuck away in the bottom corner from inside the box. The only problem is he is flagged for being a couple of yards offside.
At the other end, Aimar isn't so accurate as he blasts miles over, but it forces Terry to sound a wake up call to his team-mates.
11min: Strangely Chelsea are playing like the away team. Again they counter a Benfica attack but Mata's through ball is just too heavy for Torres to run on to as Artur Moraes clears on the edge of his box.
8min: First corner falls for Chelsea and they nearly score. A floated ball to the back post finds David Luiz, whose drive is blocked by Joan Capdevila.
Benfica had everyone back for that but still nobody picked up the defender.
7min: From InfostradaLive:
Chelsea aim for 6th semifinal berth in 9 years. #FCBarcelona are the only team to have reached the semis 6x in the last 9 years incl. 2011/12
5min: John Terry has to throw his body to block a Pablo Aimar shot, but the Blues manage to counter attack through Ramires.
The Brazilian plays a one-two with Juan Mata before feeding Fernando Torres who is dispossessed on the edge of the box.
3min: Benfica are forcing the issue in the early minutes.
Nicolas Gaitan has already attempted a couple of crosses from the left and the Blues are on the back foot.
Kick-off: The Blues get us going.
19.42: Here come the players then. It's a fantastic atmosphere inside the ground with the Benfica faithful having no problem filling the away end.
19.40: The winners at Stamford Bridge will progress to meet Barcelona in the semi-finals.
Both would be underdogs, but to be the best you have to beat the best.
19.37: From InfostradaLive:
Real Madrid have won all 5 of their matches against Cypriotic clubs, outscoring the opposition 29-1
You have been warned if you're about to bet against Jose Mourinho's side…
19.35: Weather wise it's been a miserable day in London with the usual April showers, but it hasn't dampened the home fans who are once again flying flags in unison to build atmosphere.
19.32: From InfostradaLive:
Benfica have scored in every away game this CL campaign (6 matches incl. Qual.) & have scored twice in their last 3 CL away matches.
19.27: Some more reading for you now from Sportsmail's Matt Lawton, who tells us why Di Matteo is the ideal man to lead Chelsea into the last four.
19.24: Full team news from the Bernabeu:
Real Madrid v Apoel Nicosia
Real Madrid: Casillas, Sergio Ramos, Varane, Pepe, Marcelo, Sahin, Granero, Altintop, Kaka, Ronaldo, Higuain. Subs: Adan, Benzema, Ozil, Alonso, Albiol, Callejon, Di Maria.
Apoel Nicosia: Urko, Poursaitides, Paulo Jorge, Kaka, Boaventura, Morais, Pinto, Charalambidis, Marcinho, Manduca, Almeida. Subs: Chiotis, Solari, Satsias, Elia, Adorno, Alexandrou, Helder Sousa.
Referee: Gianluca Rocchi (Italy)
19.21: There is one other tie tonight in the Champions League…well I call it a tie.
APOEL travel to Real Madrid in the hope of turning around a 3-0 scoreline from the first leg.
Where are we looking at in terms of the biggest shocks of all-time if the Cypriot side progress this evening
I'm going biggest ever in the Champions League, and that is the very least.
19.18: Looking at Benfica's domestic form is another reason to suggest why this tie is far from complete for Chelsea.
They currently sit just one point behind Porto in the Portuguese top flight, racking up over two goals a game on average. They don't look particularly shot shy.
Right combination: Fernando Torres and Salomon Kalou (21) will again lead Chelsea's attack
19.15: Full line-ups from Stamford Bridge:
Chelsea v Benfica
Chelsea: Cech, Ivanovic, Luiz, Terry, Cole, Ramires, Mikel, Lampard, Kalou, Torres, Mata. Subs: Turnbull, Essien, Drogba, Meireles, Ferreira, Sturridge, Cahill.
Benfica: Artur Moraes, Maxi Pereira, Javi Garcia, Emerson, Capdevila, Witsel, Matic, Bruno Cesar, Aimar, Cardozo, Gaitan. Subs: Eduardo, Nolito, Djalo, Nelson Oliveira, Rodrigo Moreno, Saviola, Andre Almeida.
Referee: Damir Skomina (Slovenia)
19.10: Interesting point on Oscar Cardozo from Keown as well. Not only did he give John Terry problems last week but he was a menace against Manchester United in the group stages.
Just as well the Portuguese side don't have Nuno Gomes anymore either – 35-years-old or not, the Braga striker is still lethal inside the box.
19.08: Need some pre-match thoughts to get you warmed up Check out Sportsmail's Martin Keown, who gives us his thoughts on tonight's game.
19.05: David Luiz overcomes an ankle injury to start Chelsea's Champions League quarter-final, second leg against Benfica tonight.
The west Londoners make two changes from the 1-0 victory in the first leg in Portugal, with Frank Lampard and Branislav Ivanovic coming in.
Benfica are without first-choice centre-backs Jardel and captain Luisao, so are forced to play midfielder Javi Garcia as a makeshift defender.
19.00: I have to admit that is an intriguing team selection from Roberto Di Matteo. Salomon Kalou and Fernando Torres got the job done in the first leg though so who am I to question the madness to the Italian's methods.
18.55: Chelsea starting XI:
Cech; Ivanovic, David Luiz, John Terry, Cole, Obi, Lampard, Ramires, Mata, Kalou, Torres.
18.50: A few weeks back we were worried we wouldn't have a British club in the Champions League quarter-finals for the first time since 1996.
Now we are tantalisingly close to having one in the last four as Chelsea continue to fly the flag for Premier League sides in Europe. A draw tonight and Munich is one step closer for the Blues. On paper it sounds so simple. Team news coming up.
Pulling the strings: Juan Mata will hope to provide the creative force for Chelsea