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|Barcelona 2-2 Chelsea: Blues eliminate Guardiola's Barca in Champions League classic|
Barcelona have incredibly been eliminated by Chelsea in the UEFA Champions League, 3-2 on aggregate.
The Blaugrana came into the second leg trailing 1-0, after defeat in London thanks to a sole strike by Didier Drgoba, knowing that only a win would see them advance to this season's final.
As always, Barca dominated the play and possession from the onset, and it didn't take them long to set the scene. Unfortunately they lost key defender Gerard Pique on 26 minutes, after he failed to recover from a clash of heads with goalkeeper Victor Valdes.
Dani Alves was brought on in his place, and the Brazilian's introduction would prove a positive one, as he would go on to set up Sergio Busquets for the opening goal just nine minutes later, as the midfielders tucked the ball past Petr Cech in goal.
It went bad to worse for Cheslea on 38 minutes, as captain John Terry was shown a straight red card for a ridiculous knee to the back of Alexis Sanchez, all but ending any hope the Blues had of getting a result on the night.
The game was as good as dead and buried on 43 minutes, when a surging run by Lionel Messi resulted in the Argentine maestro playing in Andres Iniesta, who ensured that Barca would go into the break with two to their name.
But just as they did in the first leg, Chelsea had a surprise for their opponents on the stroke of half time, as this time Ramires was played through on goal, and coolly chipped over Valdes to incredibly give his side the advantage on aggregate at half time.
The second half was a similar story, as the hosts pressed and pressed, but just could not find a way to break through the bus that Roberto Di Matteo's men had parked in the 18 yard box. Messi looked out of touch, Xavi was not converting all of his passes, and Chelsea rarely looked under pressure at the back, despite being a man down.
The reigning champions' best opportunity came very early on in the second period, after Didier Drogba fouled Cesc Fabregas in the area and the referee awarded a penalty to the hosts. Messi stepped up to take the penalty, but incredibly saw his effort cannon into the crossbar, a miss that would come back to haunt him later on the night.
Pep Guardiola made a few questionable substitutions late on, as he gave everything he had at the Blues, however there was just no way through.
The tie was settled on 90 minutes, as Fernando Torres capped off his 10 minute cameo with a one-on-one opportunity with Valdes, in which he made no mistake cruising around the keeper and scoring a dramatic late equaliser to send the English fans into raptures.
So Chelsea advance to this season's Champions League final in Munich, where they will meet either Real Madrid or Bayern Munich, while Barcelona will be counting the cost of a number of missed opportunities in the tie.
Unfortunately the Londoners will have to do without John Terry, Branislav Ivanovic, Ramires and Raul Meireles for this season's showpiece fixture, but that won't bother Chelsea fans, at this early stage anyway.
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