Champions League - Semi-Finals - 2nd Leg
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Chelsea 1-3 Atletico Madrid (agg 1-3)

By Ben SmithBBC Sport at Stamford Bridge
Diego Costa celebrates with team-mates

Chelsea's hopes of reaching a third Champions League final in seven seasons were ended as Atletico Madrid produced a stunning counter-attacking display at Stamford Bridge to set up a final against city rivals Real.

Jose Mourinho's side went ahead in the tie when Fernando Torres put Chelsea in front with a goal against his former club nine minutes before half-time.

But Chelsea allowed Atletico back into the match just before the interval, as Adrian Lopez scrambled home.

With Atletico ahead on the away goals rule following a goalless first leg, Chelsea needed to score to reach the Lisbon final but it was the Spaniards who struck again, Diego Costa putting them in front from the penalty spot before the excellent Arda Turan added a third with 18 minutes remaining.

At the final whistle, the visitors danced in front of their fans as John Terry stood in the centre circle and shed tears. It is the first time Atletico have reached a European Cup final since 1974 - and their meeting with Real will be the first time two clubs from the same city have ever contested the final.

For Mourinho and Chelsea, this had been an opportunity to exorcise the spirits of semi-finals past, not create more. To "ghost" goals, penalty shootouts, high-profile rows with Norwegian referees, add this painful defeat.

Mourinho had reached this stage of the competition in each of the past five seasons, but in that time has only managed to reach the final in 2010, when he won it with Inter Milan.

The script appeared to have been written for the Portuguese to return to Lisbon to face Real Madrid, the club he left amid accusations of failure.

Atletico had other ideas and a fairytale of their own to write. Central to their victory was the performance of their goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, on loan from Chelsea. During a frantic second half, he denied Terry and David Luiz just as it seemed Chelsea might find a way back into the tie.

There had been early warning signs for Chelsea, even though for much of the opening 40 minutes they had looked in total control.

Koke's fourth-minute cross drifted onto Mark Schwarzer's crossbar, but in the early moments it was Chelsea who threatened.

Torres led the line with purpose from the outset, playing with the kind of vim and vigour that he had in making his name in the red and white of Atletico. Willian curled a free-kick over the bar, before Luiz produced an acrobatic overhead kick that went wide.

Atletico came into the game on the back of a ninth successive La Liga win, with a sixth successive clean sheet. It took a former idol to break that streak as Torres fired Chelsea in front after 36 minutes following fine work by Willian and Cesar Azpilicueta wide on the right. Torres raised his hands as if to apologise to the travelling supporters who once idolised him.

One minute changed game - Mourinho

But within eight minutes Atletico were back in the tie, as Chelsea switched off with half-time approaching. Tiago floated a ball to the far post, where an unmarked Juanfran pulled it back across for Lopez to stroke into an empty net. It was the classic sucker-punch.

Worse was still to come for Chelsea. Substitute Samuel Eto'o collided with Costa in front of the referee. The Spain international stepped up and buried the spot kick to silence Stamford Bridge.

With Chelsea needing to push for a goal of their own, wide open spaces began to appear for Atletico and they took full advantage.

This was a counter-attack as decisive and devastating as the ones perfected by their city neighbours at Bayern Munich on Tuesday. Koke's cross from wide on the right found Turan charging at the back post. His initial header was tipped onto the bar but the Turk followed up to ram home the rebound and put the result beyond doubt.

Mourinho turned to his staff, knowing the game was up.

Line-ups

Chelsea

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 23Schwarzer
  • 2Ivanovic
  • 24CahillBooked at 31mins
  • 26Terry
  • 3ColeSubstituted forEto'oat 54'minutes
  • 7Santos do Nascimento
  • 4David Luiz
  • 28Azpilicueta
  • 22WillianSubstituted forSchürrleat 77'minutes
  • 17E Hazard
  • 9TorresSubstituted forBaat 67'minutes

Substitutes

  • 11Oscar
  • 14Schürrle
  • 16Van Ginkel
  • 19Ba
  • 29Eto'o
  • 33Kalas
  • 40Hilario

Atl Madrid

Formation 4-4-2

  • 13Courtois
  • 20Torres Belén
  • 23Miranda
  • 2Godín
  • 3Filipe Luís
  • 10TuranSubstituted forRodríguezat 84'minutes
  • 5Cardoso Mendes
  • 4Suárez
  • 6Koke
  • 19Diego CostaBooked at 60minsSubstituted forSosaat 76'minutes
  • 7López ÁlvarezBooked at 65minsSubstituted forGarcia Escuderoat 66'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Aranzubia
  • 8Garcia Escudero
  • 9Villa
  • 11Rodríguez
  • 12Alderweireld
  • 24Sosa
  • 26Ribas da Cunha
Referee:
Nicola Rizzoli

Match Stats

Home TeamChelseaAway TeamAtl Madrid
Possession
Home48%
Away52%
Shots
Home16
Away13
Shots on Target
Home5
Away8
Corners
Home4
Away9
Fouls
Home12
Away18

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Chelsea 1, Atlético de Madrid 3.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Chelsea 1, Atlético de Madrid 3.

  3. Post update

    Attempt saved. Eden Hazard (Chelsea) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  4. Post update

    Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Raúl García.

  5. Post update

    Attempt missed. John Terry (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

  6. Post update

    Attempt saved. Eden Hazard (Chelsea) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

  7. Post update

    Hand ball by Koke (Atlético de Madrid).

  8. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Samuel Eto'o (Chelsea) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Eden Hazard.

  9. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Demba Ba (Chelsea) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Branislav Ivanovic with a cross.

  10. Post update

    Foul by César Azpilicueta (Chelsea).

  11. Post update

    José Sosa (Atlético de Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  12. Post update

    Eden Hazard (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  13. Post update

    Foul by José Sosa (Atlético de Madrid).

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Atlético de Madrid. Cristian Rodríguez replaces Arda Turan.

  15. Post update

    Corner, Atlético de Madrid. Conceded by Demba Ba.

  16. Post update

    Corner, Atlético de Madrid. Conceded by Mark Schwarzer.

  17. Post update

    Attempt saved. Filipe Luis (Atlético de Madrid) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Arda Turan.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Chelsea. André Schürrle replaces Willian.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Atlético de Madrid. José Sosa replaces Diego Costa.

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