Thursday, May 16, 2013

Congratulations!!! Chelsea clenches Europa League title.


A third European final in a row for Chelsea looked to be heading for extra-time after a Benfica penalty had levelled up Fernando Torres’s second-half goal, however, Branislav Ivanovic defined the moment when he scored a towering stoppage time header to ensure Chelsea clinched the Europa League title after an absorbing encounter with Benfica at the Amsterdam Arena on Wednesday night.
Branislav Ivanovic came in central defense along with Gary Cahill to cover for John Terry who is still recovering from his ankle injury. Frank Lampard who was Captain for the night played alongside David Luiz in Midfield while Fernando Torres led the attack.

Portuguese side Benefica dominated the first-half of the game , and only a lack of a decisive touch in the Blues' area prevented Benfica from taking the lead, with Nico Gaitan and Cardozo both wasting chances. 
THE second half was a different ball game as Chelsea’s Torres scored the very first goal of the match 14 minutes into the other half of the game. Benfica scored what will be their only goal in the second half after Cardozo's header found the bottom corner, but the Paraguayan was correctly judged to have been marginally beyond the Chelsea backline.

Congratulations Chelsea!!!