Champions League - Quarter Finals - 2nd Leg
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Chelsea win on away goals

Chelsea 2-0 Paris St-Germain (3-3 agg)

By Phil McNultyChief football writer at Stamford Bridge
Chelsea celebrate

Demba Ba's scrambled late goal sent Chelsea into the Champions League semi-finals at Paris St-Germain's expense - and sparked a familiar touchline celebration from delighted Blues boss Jose Mourinho.

Chelsea needed to claw back PSG's 3-1 advantage from the first leg and Andre Schurrle - on as an early substitute for the injured Eden Hazard - gave them hope with a first-half goal.

And with only three minutes left Ba, another substitute, bundled the ball home from six yards to make the decisive contribution and spark wild celebrations as the Premier League side went through on away goals.

Mourinho, in scenes reminiscent of his famous sprint down the Old Trafford touchline in 2004 when Porto knocked out Manchester United on the way to winning the Champions League, raced to join his players as they mobbed Ba.

He then pulled players from the celebrating pile to issue some final orders as the Blues held out to complete the turnaround.

Ba's finish came just as Chelsea looked to be on the way out after Schurrle and Oscar were both denied by the woodwork - although the London side were helped by a crucial miss from the normally reliable Edinson Cavani minutes before the decisive goal.

And goalkeeper Petr Cech, heavily criticised after that first-leg loss, redeemed himself with a superb save from Marquinhos in stoppage time to prevent PSG snatching the tie back at the very last.

It will be Mourinho's third Champions League semi-final in charge of Chelsea - and he will be hoping it proves third time lucky after losing his previous two to Liverpool.

Mourinho plays down Blues victory

With a Premier League title challenge still very much on, this season holds the promise of serial winner Mourinho adding at least one more trophy to his collection.

The Portuguese was able to recall fit-again Samuel Eto'o in attack but suffered the major setback of losing Hazard to injury early on - although substitute Schurrle more than made his mark.

It was the German who gave the hosts the lift of the crucial opening goal after 32 minutes. Visiting boss Laurent Blanc was left furious after his defence failed to deal with Branislav Ivanovic's routine long throw, as Schurrle had time and space in the area to sweep home from David Luiz's touch.

PSG had shown little attacking ambition without the injured Zlatan Ibrahimovic and continued to hand the initiative to Chelsea at the start of the second half, when only the woodwork stopped the Blues levelling the tie on aggregate, backed up by that crucial away goal in Paris.

Schurrle was unlucky to see his effort beat keeper Salvatore Sirigu and rebound off the bar, while Oscar suffered a similar fate with a 20-yard free-kick seconds later.

Cech had been little more than an observer to this point but had to show great athleticism to turn away Ezequiel Lavezzi's angled effort.

Mourinho made an attacking change with 24 minutes left, Ba getting the nod ahead of Fernando Torres to provide extra threat when Frank Lampard was replaced.

As PSG tried to cash in on Chelsea's increasing urgency, Cavani - of whom little had been seen - hinted at his danger with a powerful volley that flew narrowly over.

The Uruguayan then had an even better chance to kill Chelsea off when he was released by a magnificent pass from former Newcastle midfielder Yohan Cabaye. The entire PSG bench were off their feet in anticipation as Cavani raced through, only for the striker to fire over the top with just Cech to beat.

As the game entered its last 10 minutes Mourinho played his final card, sending on Torres for the tiring Oscar, but it was Ba who was the man on the spot to provide that dramatic finale and ensure a place in Friday's semi-final draw.

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Line-ups

Chelsea

  • 1Cech
  • 2IvanovicBooked at 55mins
  • 24Cahill
  • 26Terry
  • 28Azpilicueta
  • 4David LuizBooked at 82mins
  • 8LampardBooked at 41minsSubstituted forBaat 66'minutes
  • 22WillianBooked at 23mins
  • 11OscarSubstituted forTorresat 81'minutes
  • 17E HazardSubstituted forSchürrleat 18'minutes
  • 29Eto'o

Substitutes

  • 3Cole
  • 9Torres
  • 12Mikel
  • 14Schürrle
  • 19Ba
  • 23Schwarzer
  • 33Kalas

PSG

  • 30Sirigu
  • 26Jallet
  • 13Dias da Costa
  • 2Thiago Silva
  • 17Cabelino AndradeBooked at 79mins
  • 24VerrattiBooked at 27minsSubstituted forCabayeat 55'minutes
  • 8Motta
  • 14Matuidi
  • 29Lucas MouraBooked at 52minsSubstituted forMarquinhosat 85'minutes
  • 9CavaniBooked at 40mins
  • 22LavezziSubstituted forPastoreat 73'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Douchez
  • 4Cabaye
  • 5Marquinhos
  • 7Menez
  • 21Digne
  • 23Van der Wiel
  • 27Pastore
Referee:
Pedro Proença

Match Stats

Home TeamChelseaAway TeamPSG
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home15
Away12
Shots on Target
Home4
Away3
Corners
Home4
Away4
Fouls
Home18
Away11

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Chelsea 2, Paris Saint Germain 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Chelsea 2, Paris Saint Germain 0.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Paris Saint Germain. Conceded by Petr Cech.

  4. Post update

    Attempt saved. Marquinhos (Paris Saint Germain) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Maxwell.

  5. Post update

    Corner, Paris Saint Germain. Conceded by César Azpilicueta.

  6. Post update

    Attempt saved. Alex (Paris Saint Germain) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Maxwell.

  7. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  8. Post update

    Delay in match César Azpilicueta (Chelsea) because of an injury.

  9. Post update

    Offside, Paris Saint Germain. Christophe Jallet tries a through ball, but Alex is caught offside.

  10. Goal!

    Goal! Chelsea 2, Paris Saint Germain 0. Demba Ba (Chelsea) left footed shot from very close range to the high centre of the goal.

  11. Post update

    Attempt blocked. César Azpilicueta (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  12. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Samuel Eto'o (Chelsea) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Demba Ba (Chelsea).

  14. Post update

    Salvatore Sirigu (Paris Saint Germain) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Paris Saint Germain. Marquinhos replaces Lucas Moura.

  16. Booking

    David Luiz (Chelsea) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  17. Post update

    Foul by David Luiz (Chelsea).

  18. Post update

    Blaise Matuidi (Paris Saint Germain) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  19. Post update

    Offside, Paris Saint Germain. Maxwell tries a through ball, but Javier Pastore is caught offside.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Chelsea. Fernando Torres replaces Oscar.

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Man Utd6420123914
2B Leverkusen6312910-110
3Shakhtar Donetsk62227618
4Real Sociedad6015110-91

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Real Madrid65102051516
2Galatasaray6213814-67
3Juventus61329906
4FC Copenhagen6114413-94

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1PSG64111651113
2Olympiakos6312108210
3Benfica631288010
4Anderlecht6015417-131

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Bayern Munich65011751215
2Man City65011810815
3Viktoria Plzen6105617-113
4CSKA Moscow6105817-93

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Chelsea6402123912
2Schalke631266010
3FC Basel622256-18
4Steaua Bucharest6033210-83

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1B Dortmund6402116512
2Arsenal640285312
3Napoli6402109112
4Marseille6006514-90

G

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Atl Madrid65101531216
2Zenit St Petersburg613259-46
3FC Porto612347-35
4Austria Vienna6123510-55

H

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Barcelona64111651113
2AC Milan62318539
3Ajax622258-38
4Celtic6105314-113
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