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Paris sunk by Chelsea subs as Blues reach semis

Published: Tuesday 8 April 2014, 22.47CET
Chelsea FC 2-0 Paris Saint-Germain (agg: 3-3, Chelsea win on away goals)
Substitutes André Schürrle and Demba Ba made the difference as Chelsea struck late to knock out the French champions on away goals and reach the semis.
by Trevor Haylett
from Stamford Bridge

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Match statistics

ChelseaParis

Goals scored2
 
0
Possession (%)54
 
46
Total attempts16
 
13
on target10
 
6
off target6
 
7
blocked5
 
2
against woodwork2
 
0
Corners4
 
4
Offsides0
6
Yellow cards4
 
4
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed18
 
11
Fouls suffered10
 
18
Passes540
 
516
completed392
 
375

Standings

 
Published: Tuesday 8 April 2014, 22.47CET

Paris sunk by Chelsea subs as Blues reach semis

Chelsea FC 2-0 Paris Saint-Germain (agg: 3-3, Chelsea win on away goals)
Substitutes André Schürrle and Demba Ba made the difference as Chelsea struck late to knock out the French champions on away goals and reach the semis.

Demba Ba came up with the golden touch with three minutes remaining to blast Chelsea FC into the UEFA Champions League semi-finals and break the hearts of a Paris Saint-Germain side who were so close to pulling off a famous triumph.

The strike, ensuring Chelsea's success on away goals, sent José Mourinho hurtling down the touchline to celebrate with his players. Considering the woodwork twice intervened to prevent them adding to substitute André Schürrle's first-half goal sooner, no one would question Chelsea's right to a seventh semi-final.

It had the makings of one of the great European nights at Stamford Bridge with both sets of supporters in good voice and the tie promising heady drama. It was no surprise to see Samuel Eto'o recalled to the Chelsea colours while Frank Lampard's return could only enhance their goalscoring potential.

First the home team had to free themselves from the Paris shackles. Quick into the tackle, the visitors restricted Chelsea's room to work. A source of Chelsea progress was likely to be via the quick feet of Eden Hazard but the Belgian international was struggling from early on and replaced by Schürrle after 17 minutes.

The change would not have dimmed Paris's confidence and only their loose passes back to Salvatore Sirigu were a cause for alarm at this stage. Until the 28th minute, that is, when Lampard's free-kick deflected off a Paris head and forced a rapid reaction from the goalkeeper. It heralded an increase in the Chelsea tempo with Schürrle seeing plenty of the ball. He chose an opportune time to open his European goal account for the club, side-footing in after David Luiz had helped on a long throw.

Thiago Silva recovered from a heavy collision with Eto'o to continue at the heart of the Paris resistance. His experience would be needed as Chelsea renewed their pursuit of a second goal with vigour. Oscar carried the fight to the edge of the area and when Willian pulled the ball back, Schürrle was so unlucky to see his first-time effort crash against the crossbar. Two minutes later and Oscar's free-kick met the same fate while at the other end Ezequiel Lavezzi's set-piece delivery was palmed out by Petr Čech, the keeper's first serious involvement.

As the game became stretched so Edinson Cavani came more into the picture. He was found with a couple of exquisite passes, firstly from Blaise Matuidi then from Yohan Cabaye. He took the shot on but each time cleared the bar.

Ba and Fernando Torres came on to beef up the attack. It paid off when César Azpilicueta's strike was diverted to Ba who managed to scoop the ball high into the net with his outstretched leg. Cue pandemonium.

Last updated: 09/04/14 23.59CET

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Lineups

chelsea

Chelsea

paris

Paris

1
ČechPetr Čech (GK)
30
SiriguSalvatore Sirigu (GK)
2
IvanovićBranislav Ivanović
Yellow Card56
2
Thiago SilvaThiago Silva (C)
4
David LuizDavid Luiz
Yellow Card82
8
Thiago MottaThiago Motta
8
LampardFrank Lampard
Yellow Card41
Substitution66
9
CavaniEdinson Cavani
Yellow Card40
11
OscarOscar
Substitution81
13
AlexAlex
17
HazardEden Hazard
Substitution18
14
MatuidiBlaise Matuidi
22
WillianWillian
Yellow Card24
17
MaxwellMaxwell
Yellow Card79
24
CahillGary Cahill
22
LavezziEzequiel Lavezzi
Substitution73
26
TerryJohn Terry (C)
24
VerrattiMarco Verratti
Yellow Card27
Substitution55
28
AzpilicuetaCésar Azpilicueta
26
JalletChristophe Jallet
29
Eto'oSamuel Eto'o
29
LucasLucas
Yellow Card52
Substitution85

Substitutes

23
SchwarzerMark Schwarzer (GK)
1
DouchezNicolas Douchez (GK)
3
A. ColeAshley Cole
4
CabayeYohan Cabaye
Substitution55
9
TorresFernando Torres
Substitution81
5
MarquinhosMarquinhos
Substitution85
12
MikelJohn Obi Mikel
7
MénezJérémy Ménez
14
SchürrleAndré Schürrle
Substitution18
Goal32
21
DigneLucas Digne
19
BaDemba Ba
Substitution66
Goal87
23
Van der WielGregory van der Wiel
33
KalasTomáš Kalas
27
PastoreJavier Pastore
Substitution73

Coach

José Mourinho (POR) Laurent Blanc (FRA)

Referee

Pedro Proença (POR)

Assistant referees

Bertino Miranda (POR), Tiago Trigo (POR)

Fourth official

Paulo Soares (POR)

Additional assistant referees

João Capela (POR), Duarte Gomes (POR)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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