It’s as you were at Chelsea Football Club- another trophy to add to the cabinet, that’s now 10 trophies in the last 9 years. Yesterday saw the west Londoners win the Europa League, becoming the first side to hold both the Champions League (although it shall be leaving for Germany soon) and the Europa League trophies at the same time.
Their opponents Benfica started the game much more positively. The first real opening fell to Guitan, but the winger’s shot blazed over the crossbar. It was again Benfica who had the next opportunity but Luisao slipped from 7 yards out which caused him to miss hit his shot and Chelsea could escape yet again.
Frank Lampard had the best opportunity for Chelsea, when his fierce shot was parried over the bar spectacularly by Artur.
Benfica haven’t had the best form in finals, since their last triumph against Real Madrid back in 1951, the team have made seven finals and lost them all. And the curse seemed to continue when a long ball from the ever present Petr Cech found its way to Fernando Torres who outmuscled the Benfica skipper Luisao and rounded the Benfica goalkeeper to slot the ball home from close range to give Chelsea the lead.
The lead didn’t last long however as full back Azpilicueta handled the ball inside the penalty box- resulting in giving the Portuguese outfit the chance to level from 12 yards out. Paraguayan striker Oscar Cardozo kept his cool and slotted the penalty into the bottom left corner, although the striker’s celebrations were cut short by cramp.
As the game looked to be heading to extra time, Chelsea finally changed into higher gears and when Frank Lampard, skipper for the night due to John Terry’s absence, found himself in plenty of room, he released a beast of a shot which rattled the crossbar and bounced back into play.
But in stoppage time at the end of the match, an in swinging corner from Juan Mata was met by Serbian Branislav Ivanovic and his header drifted into the far corner, sending all the Chelsea players, management and fans into raptures.
Another one for the trophy cabinet back at Stamford Bridge then, and if the rumours are true regarding Jose Mourinho returning to Chelsea, then we can expect more to flood into west London in the near future.