Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Chelsea dump out holders Barcelona to reach Champions League final

(From left) Chelsea's French midfielder Florent Malouda, Chelsea's Nigerian midfielder John Mikel Obi, Chelsea's Ivorian forward Salomon Kalou, Chelsea's Ivorian forward Didier Drogba and Chelsea's defender Ashley Cole celebrate after winning the Uefa Champions League second leg semi-final football match Barcelona against Chelsea at the Cam Nou stadium in Barcelona on April 24, 2012. -- PHOTO: AFP

BARCELONA (AFP) - Lionel Messi missed a penalty as holders Barcelona were sent crashing out of the Champions League semi-finals after 10-man Chelsea battled to a 2-2 draw at the Camp Nou here on Tuesday.

Chelsea, leading 1-0 from the first leg, snatched a 3-2 aggregate win on a night of extraordinary drama which saw the Premier League side recover from 2-0 down and the dismissal of captain John Terry to reach next month's Munich final.
Barcelona looked to be cruising to victory after goals from Sergio Busquets and Andres Iniesta put them 2-0 up in the first half either side of Terry's red card for a foul on Alexis Sanchez.
But a superb counter-attack and chip from Ramires put Chelsea ahead on away goals, and in the dying seconds substitute Fernando Torres completed an unlikely fightback and kill off an epic contest.

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