Amsterdam ArenA - Amsterdam 15/05/2013 - 20:45CET (20:45 local time)

Final

Benfica - Chelsea
1-2
 

Benfica - Chelsea 1-2 - 15/05/2013 - Match page - UEFA Europa League 2013

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Ivanović heads Chelsea to Europa League glory

Published: Wednesday 15 May 2013, 22.00CET
Ivanović heads Chelsea to Europa League glory 
Ivanović delight after winning header ©Sportsfile

Branislav Ivanović's towering header in the last minute of added time earned Chelsea FC a dramatic victory over SL Benfica as they captured the 2013 UEFA Europa League title.

A taut, absorbing Amsterdam final looked destined for extra time when the Chelsea centre-back peeled away from his marker at the back post to direct an imperious header into the far corner following Juan Mata's corner. Benfica dominated the first 60 minutes before a moment of power and poise from Fernando Torres swung the game Chelsea's way. Óscar Cardozo soon equalised from the spot but Ivanović had the last word.

 

Standings

Matches

 

Match statistics

Benfica
Chelsea

1

Goals scored

2

53

Possession (%)

47

17

Total attempts

11

11

Attempts on target

7

6

Attempts off target

4

7

Attempts blocked

2

0

Attempts against woodwork

1

4

Corners

4

1

Offsides

8

2

Yellow cards

1

0

Red Cards

0

18

Fouls committed

18

17

Fouls suffered

16

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Minute By Minute

  • End Time
    The final whistle is blown.
    Bjorn Kuipers brings a close to a thrilling second half in Amsterdam. Chelsea are the new UEFA Europa League champions, goals from Fernando Torres and Branislav Ivanović sealing a 2-1 victory in Amsterdam. The Blues also become the first team to hold both of UEFA's biggest club trophies simultaneously.
  • Goal
    90+3
    Ivanović (Chelsea) scores!
    Chelsea retake the lead in added time at the Amsterdam ArenA. Juan Mata's corner is met by Branislav Ivanović, who arcs a superb header past the stationary Artur and into the far corner. Is that the winner for Rafael Benítez's side?
  • Substitution
    78
    Jardel (in) - Garay (out) (Benfica)
    Jorge Jesus is forced to make his final change as centre-back Ezequiel Garay is forced off with an injury.
  • Goal
    68
    Óscar Cardozo (Benfica) scores from the penalty spot.
    Benfica are awarded a penalty when César Azpilicueta handles in the penalty area. Óscar Cardozo makes no mistake from the spot, slamming his shot beyond Petr Čech to the delight of the Benfica fans. All square once more at the Amsterdam ArenA.
  • Substitution
    66
    John (in) - Melgarejo (out) (Benfica)
    20-year-old Ola John also enters the fray for the Eagles, replacing Melgarejo.

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