Chelsea 1 - 1 Barcelona
Chelsea were held to a dramatic 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge by Barcelona in the second leg of the UEFA Champions League semifinal tie on Wednesday. The draw meant the Catalans progressed to the final of the competition at Rome against Manchester United.
Andreas Iniesta scored the all-important away goal in the 93rd minute of the game to snatch a draw and ensure Pep Guardiola's men kept their date of a dream final against the defending champions.
The game started off well for the home side, who has secured a hard-fought 0-0 draw in the first leg at the Camp Nou a week ago. Chelsea were in front inside 10 minutes when Michael Essien beat Victor Valdes with a stunning shot from 20 yards out on 9 minutes.
Barcelona acutely felt the absence of Thierry Henry, who was injured and did not take his place in the starting line-up. Even though they had 70% possession in the opening half hour, this was not converted into goals and they never had a shot on goal in the first half.
Drogba was then brought down by Eric Abidal, but his penalty claims were waved away by referee Tom Ovrebo.
In the 52nd minute, Drogba had a great chance to double his side's lead, but his shot was saved by Valdes. In the 65th minute, Abidal brought Nicolas Anelka and was sent off by the referee. Replays showed Anelka had tripped over himself.
Chelsea had two more penalty claims waved off after Gerald Pique and Samuel Eto'o appeared to handle the ball in the area. In the last minute of stoppage time, Iniesta beat Petr Cech with a fine volley to shatter Chelsea’s dreams.
The final whistle sparked rage at the referee from Chelsea players and Drogba particularly. His behavior could get him banned by UEFA.
Tags: Barcelona, UEFA Champions League, Michael Essien, Eric Abidal, Tom Ovrebo, Nicolas Anelka, Chelsea