Chelsea are through to the Champions League semi-finals after downing Paris Saint-Germain 2-0 at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday night for a 3-3 aggregate.
The Blues conceded a late goal at Parc des Princes in the first leg last week to lose 3-1 to the French champions but managed to rally in front of hysterical home fans to force their way into the final four for the second time in three seasons by virtue of the away goal rule.
Jose Mourinho masterminded yet another big-game triumph as he strives to become the only manager to win Europe’s premier club competition with three different clubs following his success with FC Porto and Inter Milan.
Andre Schurrle had Chelsea ahead just after the half-hour mark when he ghosted in to side-foot home a throw-in which was glanced on by David Luiz. The German had replaced the injured Eden Hazard - scorer of last week's away goal - less than 15 minutes earlier.
Chelsea were looking menacing on the attack but were unable to add to Schurrle’s opener as PSG did everything they could to deny the home side. Laurent Blanc’s men then began to find their feet in the contest during the second half with Edinson Cavani, Maxwell and Lucas coming close, however, Petr Cech was a rock at the back for the Blues.
The defining moment of the match, and of Demba Ba’s Stamford Bridge career, came with three minutes remaining when the Senegalese striker was on hand to score the eventual winner.
Ba had replaced Frank Lampard in the 66th minute and it proved a masterful stroke by Mourinho as the former Newcastle United ace produced a clever scooped finish on the slide after pouncing on a deflected shot.
That piece of play sent the Chelsea faithful into raptures as their side again denied the odds in the Champions League to get themselves into a dangerous position in world football’s top club competition.
2013/14 UEFA Champions League – quarter-final second leg
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