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Champions League: Chelsea 2-1 Benfica (3-1 Agg.) – Meireles Stunner Hauls Blues Over The Line (Photos & Highlights)

By Chris Wright

Having spent the majority of the tie 1-0 up (2-0 up on aggregate) through Frank Lampard’s 21st-minute penalty, Chelsea had to ride out what’s known in the business as a ‘late scare’ to secure themselves a berth in the Champions League semi-finals – when Javi Garcia’s 86th-minute header put ten-man Benfica within another goal of knocking the Blues out on away goals.

Ramires saw an open-goal go begging in the second half, while Benfica  – who had captain Maxi Pereira sent off after 40 minutes by anally retentive referee Damir Skomina (the chap Arsene Wenger was fined for complaining about) – were the better side for large swathes of the game; picking, weaving, creating but always falling a little short at the vinegar strokes.

Thankfully, Raul Meireles and the mangled, mangy Guinea Pig he takes with him everywhere atop his head defused a last five minutes of fraught panic (Benfica had a glorious chance to score, but Naff-o-tron Oliveira chose to spoon out for a goalkick rather than lay one on a gilded platter for Yannick Djalo) by breaking from his own half and cracking home a shot from 20+ yards to restore Chelsea’s clear aggregate lead.

Barca await.



Photos: PA

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By Chris on April 5th, 2012 in Champions League, Chelsea, Photos, Videos. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.

2 Responses to “Champions League: Chelsea 2-1 Benfica (3-1 Agg.) – Meireles Stunner Hauls Blues Over The Line (Photos & Highlights)”

  1. muppets says:

    pass it….pass it…..pass it…oh yeah that works too

  2. Pete says:

    What was with the celebration? A bit of an odd one no? Like he’s simulating juggling some funbags.

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