Chelsea are through to the semi-finals of the Europa League despite a 3-2 loss at the hands of Rubin Kazan tonight.
The Blues, who took out the Champions League title last season, led 3-1 from the home leg played at Stamford Bridge last week and managed to hold out for a 5-4 aggregate win to book themselves a spot in the final four of the competition.
Fernando Torres, who netted a double last week, opened the scoring inside five minutes when he ran onto Frank Lampard’s through-ball before dinking over Rubin keeper Sergei Ryzhikov and into the back of the net.
Rubin answered six minutes into the second half when Ivan Marcano leapt above his marker to power Pablo Orbaiz’s cross beyond Petr Cech but Victor Moses, also on the scoresheet in London last week, restored Chelsea’s lead in the 55th minute with a curling effort following a one-two with Ramires.
Rubin required four goals to progress at this point and they managed to chalk one off the tally in the 62nd minute when Gokdeniz Karadeniz headed home Cristian Ansaldi’s cross form the byline before Bibras Natkho converted from the penalty spot with15 minutes remaining after Cesar Azpilicueta had fouled Aleksandr Ryazantsev.
In the end, however, the Blues held on for an aggregate win which sees them one step closer to adding the Europa League trophy to their Champions League success of last campaign.
2012/13 UEFA Europa League quarter-final – second leg
Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow – 25,000