UEFA Champions League

May 6, 2009



1 - 1


UEFA Champions League

18:45 +00:00, May 6, 2009

Stamford Bridge, England

Referee: Tom Henning Ovrebo

2nd Leg: 1 - 1 (Agg)

  • 99'

    Congratulations to Barcelona. They didn't play well on the night but they kept going and ultimately got their reward, with their first shot on target in the match in the 92nd minute. Chelsea will point to two decent penalty shouts, but they had enough chances to win it during the game. So, its a repeat of last year's final, for the first time in Champions League history. Make sure you follow it with us here at soccernet. Thanks for your company.

  • 98'

    Drogba's behaviour there was utterly disgraceful, pushing away security guards to try and get at the referee. Tell you what Didier, it wouldn't have mattered had you not slotted that brilliant chance in the second half. I hope they throw the book at him.

  • 98'

    John Terry looks utterly crushed, Ballack looks as if he's about to strangle someone and Hiddink maintains his nonplussed expression. You have to feel for Chelsea, though my sympathy is ebbing away as Drogba tries to get at the referee, then looks directly down the camera screaming "It's a f****g disgrace." What a complete tool.

  • 98'

    Full time! Barca go nuts as Chelsea surround the referee. An unbelievable end to the game.

  • 97'

    Eto'o comes off and Sylvinho comes on as Chelsea win a free kick. Last chance saloon.

  • 96'

    Ballack hits a volley at goal and it hits Eto'o#s armpit. After the ref says no Ballack is right in his face, running alongside him as Barca break, almost pulling him back. He should have been sent off for that.

  • 95'

    Guardiola gesiculates frantically as he wants to make a change. Iniesta is coming off and Gudjohnsen, a former Chelsea player, is on. Cech goes up for the corner.

  • 95'

    Now it is Barca who defend in numbers as Chelsea pour forward. Terry has gone straight up front.

  • 94'

    Guardiola went sprinting off down the touchline a la Mourinho at Old Trafford after the goal and Barca's fans have got completely nuts. Chelsea need another goal in the next 90 seconds.

  • 93'

    Iniesta whacks one into the top corner as Messi squared it to him on the edge of the area after Essien's awful clearance! Amazing!

  • 93'

    GOAL! Iniesta!

  • 92'

    Great tackle by Lamaprd as Iniesta seeks a pass.

  • 91'

    Belletti does wonderfully well to nip round Keita but in his rush to get a shot off before Toure got there he snatched at it and tickled it wide.

  • 90'

    Four added minutes as Pique brings down Belletti and Eto'o sees yellow for arguing the decision.

  • 89'

    Another atrocious ball from Alves as the box was packed with yellow shirts. Would you Adam and Eve it, Barca haven't registered a shot on target all night.

  • 88'

    Messi throws his arms up in disgust as the referee denies him a free kick as Bosingwa appeared to clip his heel as he burst through into the area. Guardiola and Hiddink have a cuddle on the touchline which is nice.

  • 87'

    Its official: We've entered squeaky bum time.

  • 86'

    Lots of space at the back for Barca now and Keita gets across well to block a ball heading for Malouda. Then Lampard gets round the back and squares for Essien but its a tad behind him and Pique blocks.

  • 85'

    Busquets is off as Bojan comes on.

  • 84'

    For once a poor ball from Lampard as Anelka hung on the shoulder of Toure. Pique cuts it out.

  • 83'

    Changes are a coming for Barca as Bojan strips off.

  • 82'

    Another penalty shout! Anelka touches the ball round the corner past Pique, the ball hits the palm of his hand and the ref waves away the shout! I bet he did because of the sending off, which he's probably not so sure he got right anymore.

  • 81'

    Messi has been largely anonymous in this half and Barca are starting to look frustrated. Nine minutes for Chelsea to hang on and book a repeat of last year's final.

  • 80'

    A much better cross from Alves is headed out of his own six yard box by Alex, then Pique strides forward and has a pop but drags it wide.

  • 79'

    So nearly a penalty for Chelsea as Anelka looks to go round Toure, then goes down after a nudge. The referee gives a goal kick. Just about right actually, having seen the replay.

  • 78'

    Alves continues the running theme of disappointment by hitting a shot over the bar.

  • 77'

    Barca now have a free kick 25 yards out and pretty central.

  • 76'

    Alex gets a yellow card after bringing down Messi and he will miss the final if Chelsea go through.

  • 75'

    Gaps are appearing for Chelsea now and they will have chances to put this to bed the longer it goes without Barca scoring. Essien slips Anelka in there but he was offside.

  • 74'

    Don't forget Barca only need one goal from somehwere, so expect a very tense finale to this semi-final.

  • 73'

    Essien gets a yellow after a tackle on Iniesta. Deserved too as he raked Iniesta calf with his studs.

  • 72'

    Drogba is limping off, holding his knee. Belletti replaces him. I'm guessing Anelka will go up front.

  • 71'

    Valdes saves well after Lampard's low effort was deflected off Toure.

  • 70'

    Dani Alves crosses wildly again when afforded some space. His delivery has been more like Damien Duff's tonight.

  • 69'

    Even if Barca do get through against the odds now, they will have both full backs suspended for the final. Not ideal.

  • 68'

    At least Barca don't go 2-0 down as Lamaprd whacks the free kick wide of the post.

  • 67'

    Everyone seems to agree that was harsh. Toure may well have got across before Anelka got onto the end of his touch anyway. Still, Barca are down to ten and need a goal.

  • 66'

    Abidal sees red after Anelka takes the ball from a Drogba flilck on. He may have inadvertently clipped Anelka's heels but there didn't look much contact. Uphill climb for Barca now.

  • 65'

    Eto'o finds Messi who gets away from Cole again and lashes one high and wide of the goal. Barca getting closer it seems...

  • 64'

    Iniesta skips inside and looks for Eto'o in the gap between Alex and Bosingwa but the striker stopped his run.

  • 62'

    Drogba goes down in a heap after the ball hit his shoulders. What a softy. He is infuriating at times.

  • 61'

    Decent chance for Barca as Iniesta passes to Keita who has a brief sight of goal, he tries a volley on the turn after a poor first touch and hits it over the bar.

  • 60'

    Another very poor cross from Alves. He's been very disappointing tonight, far from his usual standard.

  • 59'

    An awful corner from Xavi, who hits it right at Anelka. Barca not firing on all cylinders tonight.

  • 58'

    Despite his ridiculous protestations, I think Drogba knows full well that wasn't a penalty and is instead annoyed that he didn't finish what was an excellent chance.

  • 57'

    Drogba is the key man here. He's had the chances to score a few tonight. Will he pot one or will Chelsea come to rue his missed opportunities?

  • 56'

    Drogba again goes down in the box after a right old tussle with Toure. The defender eventually slid in after Drogba had turned him and DID get the ball. Good decision.

  • 55'

    Then it is Malouda's turn to waste a decent slice of possession after a lovely cross field ball from Ballack.

  • 54'

    Ashley Cole blocks well when Xavi looks to smash one goalwards, then Alves tries an ambitious effort and fails spectacularly.

  • 53'

    Drogba has now had a glorious chance in both legs. That could really have killed Barca off. You'd back him nine times out of ten but his effort was a tad weak. The goal was gaping.

  • 52'

    What a chance! Anelka bursts through and feeds Drogba who is completely free, he cuts inside Pique and rolls it towards the corner but Valdes saves! What an opportunity!

  • 51'

    Iniesta threads a lovely ball to Keita inside the area but he can't collect it, though his back was to goal even if he had snaffled it.

  • 50'

    Xavi's near post corner is headed away by the goalscorer, Essien.

  • 49'

    Busquets lifts a ball over the top to Keita who swings his leg at it, and wins a corner.

  • 48'

    What a rubbish free kick. Even Guardiola holds his head in his hands. Xavi takes it short to Iniesta, who lays it back to Alves and he smacks it high into the stands.

  • 47'

    Iniesta buys a free kick off Bosingwa. The ref folds and gives it. Alves stands over it.

  • 46'

    We begin...

  • 45'

    Messi holds onto the ball before releasing Alves. His cross is turned behind for a corner by Bosingwa and as they take it quickly Xavi spanks a shot that is deflected just wide. And that is half time.

  • 45'

    There will be three minutues of time added to this first half, as Barca press for an equaliser.

  • 44'

    Bosingwa and Lampard deal with Iniesta comfortably as he looked to dribble into the area.

  • 43'

    Barca harrang Chelsea in possession, forcing Essien to go all the way back to Cech from inside Barca's half.

  • 42'

    Toure nods behind as Lampard swings in a free kick.

  • 41'

    Messi crosses again but for some reason Keita fails to jump and head it at the vital moment. A little knock from Bosignwa may have been the reason.

  • 40'

    Alves streaks away and goes down at the tiniest bump from Essien. A blatant dive, and never a free kick.

  • 39'

    Tidy work from Alex as Keita looked for Messi, he cuts out the ball then spreads it wide to Cole under pressure from Iniesta.

  • 38'

    Xavi drills a ball right in between Messi and Eto'o, to the delight of Chelsea's fans.

  • 37'

    Messi skips past Cole but his right footed ball lets him down - it is straight at Cech. One of the pitfalls of playing such a one-footed player on his wrong flank, so to speak.

  • 36'

    Messi pops inside and crosses but the ball flicks up off Cole, Cech gets there just before Eto'o.

  • 35'

    Malouda again tracks an Alves run and heads away from danger. He'll have to do plenty of that tonight one feels.

  • 34'

    Keita is penalised after he caught Alex. It's fair to say Barca haven't warmed to referee Tom Henning Ovrebo.

  • 32'

    Lamaprd looks ok, he went off for a spot of treatment but is back on now.

  • 31'

    Lampard is down with claret coming out of his gob, thanks to a stray arm from Toure. Accidental.

  • 30'

    Alves jumps into Malouda and gets a yellow card that means he misses the final. It was a clumsy tackle, but not a booking.

  • 29'

    Iniesta cuts inside Bosingwa and unloads, but it threatens the corner flag more than the net.

  • 28'

    Good work from Malouda who tracks Alves back into his own box and wins a back post header after Xavi's cross. He wins the free kick.

  • 27'

    Well, Barca with all the possession but nothing to show for it, Chelsea playing on the break and looking dangerous every time they go forward.

  • 26'

    Another chance for Drogba! Lampard puts him through, the big striker controls with Abidal nipping at his heels and tugging his shirt but when Drogba goes down the referee waves away his protests. He should have stayed up and finished.

  • 25'

    Drogba hammers it across goal and Valdes gets a little touch to turn behind for a corner that Terry meets ... but the ball flies narrowly wide!

  • 24'

    Alves fouls Maluoda again and the referee gives him a free kick though it looked like the offence took place inside the area. Free kick by the touchline.

  • 23'

    Big chance for Drogba! Lampard put him through, Valdes was slow coming out to meet it but gets a block on Drogba's touch round him.

  • 22'

    Alves hits one that dips and swerves, but it was never troubling Cech.

  • 21'

    Anelka floors Iniesta and Barca have a free kick 35 yards out. Alves is flirting with it.

  • 20'

    Cech finally comes to claim after Messi's ball into the path of Eto'o. Alex was there but waiting for his 'keeper to come.

  • 18'

    Malouda heads down the left and buys a free kick off Dani Alves, the man whose histrionics were so nauseating to watch last week in the Camp Nou.

  • 17'

    Another decent break from Chelsea as Drogba gets down the left and pulls a ball back for Lampard but his left footed effort was wild and it goes high into the stand.

  • 16'

    It's all very bitty when Barca go forward as Chelsea defend in numbers and the Spanish side look for a flick or a trick to create a sliver of space.

  • 15'

    Iniesta drifts in a ball looking for Messi but Cech shepherds it out of play.

  • 13'

    Anelka does well inside the area after a lightweight challenge intially on Eto'o. He is then fouled by Xavi and alleviates the pressure on his back line.

  • 12'

    And don't forget, Barca went 1-0 down early on against Real on Saturday and we all know what happened next. They pulled Madrid's pants down and spanked them silly.

  • 11'

    The situation hasn't altered drastically for Barca though, they needed to score to have a chance of going through before penalties, and they still do.

  • 10'

    Quite simply, that was about the best goal you'll see in the Champions League this year. A phenomenal strike on Essien's supposed weaker side!

  • 9'

    My word! What a goal! Essien has thumped this left-footed on the volley from 25 yards and the ball crashes in off the underside of the bar. An unbelievable strike!

  • 9'

    GOAL! Essien!

  • 8'

    Anelka isn't playing alongside Drogba as we thought either, he's staying right and dropping deep when Barca have the ball.

  • 7'

    Barca dominating possession after the opening exchanges as Xavi spreads a ball wide for Alves but his volleyed cross is too deep for any of his pals.

  • 6'

    Eto'o has drifted more to the left in the opening six minutes. If anyone is playing the front man role, it is Messi. Then, this Barca side do dovetail particularly well in the final third.

  • 5'

    A strange Barca attack as Messi's cross is blocked, it squirts back to Xavi - who is tackled - but the ball loops goalwards and Bosingwa hoofs clear on the goal line.

  • 4'

    John Terry puts in a cracking tackle on Messi as he twists and turns inside the area. This game has started very well.

  • 3'

    Just like the Emirates last night, there is an unusually raucous atmosphere inside Stamford Bridge. Let's see if that lasts longer than 12 minutes unlike last night.

  • 2'

    Barca dominate possession early on but Chelsea have the first opening as Lampard hassles Messi before releasing Drogba but the striker can't collect the ball cleanly. He was through if he had.

  • 1'

    We're off...


    Let's just hope we have a game choc-full of attacking quality, and one that lasts a little bit longer as a contest than last night, which was effectively over after 12 minutes. I'm neutral, but I must say, the prospect of a Barca v Man Utd final is more appealing than a repeat of last year's all-English anti-climax.


    The first leg of course exhibited the ultimate clash of styles with Barca whingeing like primary school children about Chelsea's defensive and physical approach. It will surely be different tonight and that should equal goals (please).


    Chelsea have pretty much a full strength side out with Ashley Cole replacing Ivanovic, and Anelka coming in for Mikel so he can partner Drogba up top.


    So, two changes for Barca due to injuries to Marquez and Henry. Toure will switch to centre back, Busquets and Keita slot into midfield, while Iniesta will fill Henry's shoes.


    Barcelona: Valdes, Alves, Pique, Toure, Abidal, Xavi, Busquets, Keita, Messi, Eto'o and Iniesta.


    Chelsea: Cech, Bosingwa, Alex, Terry, Cole, Essien, Ballack, Lampard, Anelka, Drogba and Malouda.


    The big news team-wise is that Thierry Henry has lost his fitness battle which is a huge blow to Barca. Anelka and Drogba start up front for Chelsea meaning a 4-4-2 formation beckons.


    Good evening one and all. Welcome to live coverage of Chelsea versus Barcelona in the Champions League semi-final with me, Chris Murphy. Manchester United lie in wait for tonight's winner, but who will it be? It should fascinating finding out.


    Join us at 1945 BST to see if Barcelona can rise above the 'physical' nature of Chelsea and book a Champions League final date with Manchester United.