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UEFA Champions League
24 April 2012
• Camp Nou, Barcelona
Referee: C. Çakιr
• Attendance: 95845
Chelsea win Aggregate 3 - 2
FULL TIME! Chelsea have done it, after losing Gary Cahill to injury and John Terry getting himself sent off, they defended for their lives and now they are through to the final of the Champions League.
90' + 2'
Assist Ashley Cole
90' + 2'
Goal Fernando Torres
GOAL! Fernando Torres does it for Chelsea as Barcelona push everyone up, leaving Torres one-on-one with Valdes and takes it round the keeper and books a place in Munich for Di Matteo's side.
Yellow Card Raúl Meireles
Cech is once again the hero for Chelsea as he manages to clear a Mascherano drive from the edge of the area away for a corner.
Once again Messi fails to find a way through the Chelsea defence as he is blocked from getting a clear shot at Cech's goal.
Messi attempts to make his way forward, down the centre of the pitch, then tries to find Sanchez but the ball deflects kindly into the arms of Cech in the Chelsea goal.
The luck continues to be on Chelsea's side as Messi strikes the post this time with a long range effort from just outside the box.
The home fans thought they had scored as Alves cross the ball from the right for Sanchez to score, but the assistant had flagged the full back offside.
Busquets has an opportunity to get his second of the game as the ball breaks to him six yards out, but unlike his goal, this time he smacks the ball over the bar.
Barcelona seem able to find a teammate at any stage with a pass until they get to the penalty area, were they meet a wall of white shirts.
The home side continue to knock at the door of the Chelsea defence, but Roberto Di Matteo's side have stood strong so far, not allowing Barcelona a clear shot at Cech's goal.
Yellow Card Frank Lampard
Yellow Card Lionel Messi
Barcelona are maintaining possession, but they continue to fail to find a way past the Chelsea defence to get the goal that would send them into the final.
Salomon Kalou gets another chance for Chelsea as he gets in behind the Barcelona defence, but Valdes comes out to clear the ball from danger.
Drogba is now back defending for Chelsea as they are only allowing the home side opportunities from long range, which they are not wanting to take.
Ivanovic almost puts Chelsea into the final as he gets a free header from a Lampard corner, but he can't direct the ball towards goal and in ends up going out of play.
Cuenca is the next to try his luck for Barcelona, after receiving a pass from Iniesta on the left hand side of the area, but his strike is blocked by Cech for a corner.
Yellow Card Petr Cech
Carles Puyol nearly scores after Lampard deflects a free kick into the path of the Barcelona skipper, but his header ends up going harmlessly wide of goal.
It's like a training ground exercise at the Nou Camp, as Chelsea are forced to defend their own penalty box, while Barcelona continue to try and break them down.
A golden opportunity for the home side as Alves finds space on the right wing and crosses in search of Sanchez, but his header goes wide of Cech's right hand post.
Chelsea are now playing eight players in defensive positions as Barcelona continue to crank up the pressure, which sees Drogba on his own up front.
Yellow Card Andrés Iniesta Luján
Missed Penalty Lionel Messi
Messi continues his goal drought against Chelsea as he smacks the penalty kick off of Cech's bar and the ball is cleared from danger.
Yellow Card Branislav Ivanovic
Penalty to Barcelona as Fabregas goes down under a challenge from Drogba.
The game continues in the same vain as the first half as Ivanovic is forced to block an Iniesta strike from close range after he had received the ball from Fabregas.
Barcelona get the second half underway, currently trailing on the away goals rule after Ramires late strike in the first half.
HALF TIME! What a first half, with Chelsea leading on the away goals rule after being dominated for 45 minutes and having their captain John Terry stupidly sent off, somehow the Blues remain in the driving seat.
45' + 1'
GOAL! Ramires, who if Chelsea get to the final will miss out, gives hope to the visitors as he beats the home defence and chips the ball over the onrushing Valdes.
45' + 1'
Assist Frank Lampard
Yellow Card Ramires
Assist Lionel Messi
Goal Andrés Iniesta Luján
GOAL! The home side take the lead in the tie as Sanchez finds Messi, who then plays the ball to Iniesta, who in turn plays the ball past the helpless Cech and into the back of the net.
Messi tries to find Iniesta running into the box from the left hand side, but the pass from the forward is over hit and heads out of play.
Barcelona are now picking off the visitors at will, with John Obi Mikel having to help out in defence as Chelsea are forced to play a rearguard action for the reminder of the game.
Red Card John Terry
John Terry puts his side is an even worse situation as he knees Sanchez in the back and is shown a straight red card by the referee to leave Chelsea with ten men for the reminder of the game.
GOAL! Barcelona get back on level terms in the tie, as Alves plays the ball wide to Issac Cuenca and he cuts it back for Sergio Busquets to tap the ball home fro close range.
Yellow Card John Obi Mikel
The home side continue to pile on the pressure, with Fabregas trying to find Andres Iniesta, but there is too much pace on the ball and it goes out for a goal kick.
The Spanards continue to try their luck from long range, with Xavi striking the ball from outside the box, but Ivanovic gets in the way and deflects the ball out for a corner to the home side.
Barcelona attempt to play their way through the Chelsea defence, with Sanchez, Messi and Fabregas exchanging passes, but they can't find the final ball to open up the scoring.
Barcelona are now forced into a change, with Pique failing to shake off the knock he received from his own keeper and the home side are forced to replace him with Dani Alves.
Drogba nearly finds a way through the Barcelona defence after latching onto a long ball by Cech, then beating Pique on the left hand side of the box, but he can't find a way past Valdes from a tight angle.
Javier Mascherano is the next to try his luck for the home side, as the former Liverpool player lets fly with a strike from outside the box, but thankfully for the Blues the ball goes well over the bar.
Cech comes to the rescue for Chelsea as Messi plays a one-two with Cesc Fabregas before unleashing strike from close range that the keeper gets his body in the way of to prevent Barcelona from going ahead.
Branisav Ivanovic hurls in a throw from the right, looking for Drogba, but no Chelsea player can get onto his flick to opening the scoring.
Petr Cech launches a kick right down the field, with Victor Valdes coming out to punch the ball away from danger, taking out his own defender Gerard Pique and Drogba.
The visitors have decided to put up a brick wall on the 18 yard line, allowing Barcelona to pass the ball at will outside the box, but once they get into the area they swarm upon the player in possession.
Chelsea are on the back foot currently, with the Barcelona midfield pushing forward at will and with Cahill now having to depart the Spanish giants will look to take advantage of his absence.
Messi gets the ball on the left hands side of the penalty area and attempts to chip in a cross for Sanchez, but the Chelsea defence hold firm and clear.
Looks like an early blow for the visitors as Gary Cahill is forced from the field with a hamstring injury, with Jose Bosingwa being striped into action.
The home side have continued their usual possession game for the early stages, as they look to play their way through the Chelsea defence, but Sanchez can't find an opening as Frank Lampard manages to block a cross from the striker in the box.
Early opportunity for Barcelona as Alexis Sanchez plays in Lionel Messi, but the Barcelona forward can only find the side netting.
Chelsea start off brightly, with Ashley Cole finding space on the left, but his pass towards Didier Drogba is cut out by the Barcelona defence.
Chelsea get the first half of this second leg underway, holding a one goal lead.
The Barcelona side come out at the Nou Camp in their home kit, while Chelsea are playing in their white with yellow and dark blue change kit for the semi-final second leg.
Chelsea revert back to the tried and trusted side after making several changes for the weekend draw with Arsenal, with Didier Drogba being passed fit to start the second leg.
Barcelona come into the game on the back of two straight losses, after they suffered defeat in the first leg at Stamford Bridge, before falling at the hands of their rivals Real Madrid on Saturday.
Chelsea’s substitutes are: Turnbull (GK) Bosingwa, Essien, Malouda, Torres, Kalou, Sturridge
Chelsea’s starting line-up is: (4-5-1) Cech; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Cole; Ramires, Lampard, Mikel, Raul Meireles, Mata; Drogba
Barcelona’s substitutes are: Jose Pinto (GK) Alves, Thiago, Keita, Adriano, Pedro, Tello
The Barcelona line-up is as follows: (3-4-3) Valdes; Puyol, Mascherano, Pique; Busquets, Xavi, Iniesta, Fabregas; Cuenca, Sanchez, Messi
Good evening and welcome to Goal.com’s live text commentary of the Champions League semi-final second leg clash between Barcelona and Chelsea, with Roberto Di Matteo’s side currently one goal ahead after the first leg. My name is Matthew Harold and I will be guiding you through the game.
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