Chelsea and Real make semis

  • Last Updated: April 9 2014, 17:35 BST

A review of Tuesday night's action in the Champions League as Chelsea and Real Madrid progressed to the semi-finals.

Demba Ba prodded home the vital second goal
Demba Ba prodded home the vital second goal

Chelsea and Jose Mourinho dare to dream of European glory once more after overturning a two-goal deficit to advance to the Champions League semi-finals at the expense of Paris St Germain.

Mourinho raced down the touchline in celebration of substitute Demba Ba's 87th-minute goal, which secured the 2012 winners a 2-0 win and a place in the last four for a seventh time in 11 years courtesy of Eden Hazard's away goal in the first leg.

It was a scene reminiscent of Mourinho's sprint at Old Trafford en route to his first European Cup success with Porto in 2004.

The trophy eluded the Portuguese during his first spell at Stamford Bridge, but he won it again in 2010 with Inter Milan and has another shot at glory four years on.

Chelsea trailed 3-1 after the first leg, but were unbeaten since September at home and had kept eight successive clean sheets prior to the match.

Mourinho believed in his side and, when Andre Schurrle swept in after 32 minutes, the Blues needed one more goal and to stretch that defensive mean-streak by one more game.

Against a PSG strikeforce vaunted even without the injured Zlatan Ibrahimovic that was no easy task, but the defence held their side of the bargain as the attackers tried to fulfil theirs.

Mourinho had gambled on the fitness of big-game player Samuel Eto'o, but was not banking on losing Hazard to injury after 18 minutes.

Schurrle, the Belgian's replacement, was anonymous in a 'false nine' role in the first leg, but thrived in the second, hitting the bar seven minutes into the second half.

Oscar struck the frame of the goal with a free-kick moments later and PSG had chances as Chelsea surged forward looking for the decisive goal.

It looked like it would prove elusive until Cesar Azpilicueta's drive into the area fell for Ba to turn the ball into the net and spark delirious celebrations, led by Mourinho.

  • Chelsea fans were dreaming of a trip to Lisbon for the Champions League final as they arrived at Stamford Bridge...
  • ...But Paris Saint-Germain arrived in London with a 3-1 lead from the quarter-final first leg
  • The travelling Paris Saint-Germain fans had plenty to sing about as they waited for kick-off inside Stamford Bridge
  • Frank Lampard, fresh from scoring his 250th career goal at the weekend, skipped away from Blaise Matuidi
  • Samuel Eto'o and Salvatore Sirigu exchanged words early on
  • Andre Schurrle picked his way through the crowd to give Chelsea a first-half lead...
  • ...Much to the delight of his Chelsea colleagues
  • Substitute Demba Ba came on to scoop beyond Sirigu and double Chelsea's lead on the night late on
  • Ba slid towards the crowd and Chelsea knew they just had to see out the match to reach the semi-finals
  • Ba was covered by Chelsea players after scoring the goal which secured them a place in the Champions League last four
  • There were celebrations all round at full time as Jose Mourinho's record of always making the Champions League semi-finals was kept intact
  • In Germany, Kevin Grosskreutz and Daniel Carvajal competed for the ball as Borussia Dortmund looked to overcome a three-goal deficit against Real Madrid
  • A debatable handball gifted Real Madrid the ideal opportunity to break the deadlock, but Angel Di Maria failed from the spot...
  • ...As Dortmund captain Roman Weidenfeller dove the right way to deny the Real Madrid playmaker
  • Sergio Ramos almost headed home for Real Madrid in the opening exchanges
  • The hosts seized their chance as Marco Reus shot them into the lead, resulting in high-fives all round
  • Marco Reus doubled Dortmund's lead on the night and reduced their deficit to one as he fired home a rebound from Robert Lewandowski's shot
  • Henrikh Mkhitaryan had numerous chances to level the aggregates scores for Dortmund, but try as he may, he could not beat Iker Casillas
  • There were signs of desperation from Dortmund as Marco Reus was booked for a risible dive in the Madrid box
  • Gareth Bale and Roman Weidenfeller exchanged heated words after the Welshman was denied a penalty
  • There was delight in the Real Madrid dugout at the final whistle as they held out for a place in the Champions League semi-finals
The best of the action from the UEFA Champions League quarter-final second legs as Chelsea take on Paris Saint Germain at Stamford Bridge and Borussia Dortmund host Real Madrid.

Real Madrid survived a huge scare to progress through to the Champions League semi-finals as Borussia Dortmund fell just short of a stunning second-leg fightback.

Dortmund had it all to do after losing the first leg 3-0 in Spain but last season's runners-up looked on course to stage a remarkable comeback when, after seeing Madrid winger Angel Di Maria miss an early penalty, they scored twice through Marco Reus during a first-half onslaught.

The German side continued to throw everything at Madrid in the second half, hitting the woodwork and going close on a number of other occasions, but they could not find the third goal they needed as Carlo Ancelotti's men held on for a 3-2 aggregate win.


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