FC Barcelona vs Chelsea: UEFA Champions League live scores, blog

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    Barcelona V Chelsea

    CAMP NOU, BARCELONA, 25 APRIL 2012

     
    Barcelona Match Completed Chelsea
    2 FINAL SCORE 2
    2 HALF TIME SCORE 1
    SHOTS
    SHOTS ON GOAL
    FOULS
    CORNERS
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    A trip to Munich for the UEFA Champions League final awaits either FC Barcelona or Chelsea, who meet at Camp Nou this morning in the second leg of their semi-final. Join us bright and early from 4.45am AEST for minute by minute commentary.

    They might have chased their opponents for long periods of the ninety minutes and managed only one shot n target, but Chelsea managed to grind out 1-0 victory in the first leg at Stamford Bridge by completely and utterly stifling Barcelona.

    Through Frank Lampard, John Obi Mikel and Raul Meireles, Chelsea managed to lock up the space in which Lionel Messi loves to drop into to receive and attack, and were able supported by strong performances from centre-half pairing John Terry and Gary Cahill.

    The expectation is that Chelsea will not be able to get away with a similiar gameplan against a relentless Barcelona in front of nearly 100,000 parochial Catalans, but if Saturday’s El Clasico was anything to go by, the Blues might be in with a chance.

    Jose Mourinho’s Real Madrid employed similiar lock-down tactics in the middle of the park and it paid divided, with the ball often falling outwide to Dani Alves and Christian Tello, who were unable to find the incision into more dangerous areas in the front third.

    On top of that, Barca’s much-vaunted trio of Messi, Andres Iniesta and Xavi and considerably poor games by their standards in keeping with a tired, jaded expression that the side seems to have worn through the second half of the season.

    But with their La Liga title defence in ruins, retaining the Champions League trophy is the only thing that Pep Guardiola’s men can salvage from the 2011/12, barring the far-less-important Copa Del Rey in May.

    It would be no surprise to see the game unfold in a similiar fashion to last Thursday. Barcelona will monopolise possession, Chelsea will be compact and content to sit deep.

    If Chelsea are able to replicate that defensive performance then they might be on their way to the Fussball Arena in Munich. If not, it might be a long night for the English team.

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    32' YELLOW CARD - Jon Obi Mikel (Chelsea)

    35' GOAL - Sergio Busquets Burgos (Barcelona)

    37' RED CARD - John Terry (Chelsea)

    43' GOAL - Andrés Iniesta Luján (Barcelona)

    44' YELLOW CARD - Ramires Santos Do Nascimento (Chelsea)

    45' GOAL - Ramires Santos Do Nascimento (Chelsea)

    49' YELLOW CARD - Branislav Ivanovic (Chelsea)

    50' YELLOW CARD - Andrés Iniesta Luján (Barcelona)

    59' YELLOW CARD - Petr Cech (Chelsea)

    71' YELLOW CARD - Lionel Messi (Barcelona)

    72' YELLOW CARD - Frank Lampard (Chelsea)

    89' YELLOW CARD - Raúl José Trindade Meireles (Chelsea)

    90' GOAL - Fernando José Torres Sanz (Chelsea)

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    • 11:38pm
      Roger Rational said | 11:38pm | ! Report

      ‘Av a bit of that Craig Foster!

      So much for your tippy tappy football now eh!

    • Roar Rookie

      10:39am
      ItsCalled AussieRules said | 10:39am | ! Report

      Go You Mighty Blues!

      Death to keepings-off possession football and passing the ball into the net.

      Long Live exciting end to end goals and some brilliant lead up play!

      Over 2 legs
      Chelsea 3 shots on target = 3 goals.
      Boring Barcelona 28 shots on target = 2 goals

      Don’t ever underestimate Chelsea in the final.

      • 12:08am
        Ian Whitchurch said | 12:08am | ! Report

        So what you’re saying is they got lucky ?

        I mean, good on them for making their chances count, but if you need 3 out of 3 shots on target to be goals to go through over 2 legs, you wouldnt want to need to do that too many times in a row …

    • 7:20am
      Swampy said | 7:20am | ! Report

      Brings into play a not so good scenario for Newcastle fans.

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      • Roar Rookie

        10:34am
        ItsCalled AussieRules said | 10:34am | ! Report

        Newcastle are going fantastically well. They beat Stoke 3-0 to move into 4th place and an ECL spot.

        Well done Newcastle.

      • 10:53am
        Matt F said | 10:53am | ! Report

        Yes whoever finishes 4th (unless it’s Chelsea of course) will have a very nervous week in between the end of the EPL and the CL final.

        though as a Newcastle fan, I won’t be worrying about it unless we actually make 4th spot. Long way to go yet.

    • 7:12am
      Swampy said | 7:12am | ! Report

      This game just adds to the debate about Messi’s performances when the chips are really down.

      English Football – news of its demise seems somewhat premature.

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      • 10:24am
        Colin N said | 10:24am | ! Report

        It’s like anything, one result doesn’t tell anything from the strength of a team or a league. I personally maintain that Barcelona and Madrid are the two best sides in the World, but the Premiership is the best league from the quality of the top-six teams and the competitiveness.

        City and United are better teams than Chelsea, but they lost in the last-16 of the Europa League. Doesn’t mean the Premiership is in demise, you just have to give credit to Bilbao for playing extremely well twice against an unmotivated United side, and they haven’t reproduced those kind of performances since (They were very poor against Sporting a week ago in the semi-final first leg). Sporting did a Chelsea – won 1-0 at home, got a couple of away goals and held on once City pressed.

        Barcelona and Madrid, certainly the way football is structured in that country, will dominate in Europe for years to come it seems. I reckon City can challenge consistently and United will always be there or thereabouts, but the problem with the structure of Spanish football at the moment is that it won’t allow other teams to break the Barce-Real duopoly. Another issue is that the press don’t really care because the newspapers only seem to really care about those two sides. The only time their attentions on those two are diverted is when a story like Levante comes along.

    • 7:03am
      Qantas supports Australian Football said | 7:03am | ! Report

      Amazing result… Go Chelsea

    • Editor

      6:45am
      Chad Bennett said | 6:45am | ! Report

      FULL TIME: Barcelona 2-2 Chelsea

      Well, what a turnup. After goals from Busquets and Iniesta put Barca ahead 2-1 on aggregate, a goal against the run of play by Ramires brought the scoreline to 2-1, putting Chelsea in front again. An uncharacteristic penalty miss from Messi rattled the bar and as the game went on Chelsea grew in defence. Barcelona were (correctly) disallowed a goal before Messi rattled the post, and then Torres finished off the title holders with a goal in stoppage time.

      On SBS Zdrillic and Foster are both lamenting the bad luck of Barcelona, but there can be nobody to blame but themselves. Not creative or incisive enough.

      But that is that, Chelsea are through to the Champions League final for the second time in four years! Real Madrid or Bayern Munich will join them by this time tomorrow. Thanks for reading, enjoy the rest of your ANZAC Day for those in Australia and New Zealand!

      • 6:47am
        Stevo said | 6:47am | ! Report

        Congrats to Di Mateo, the woodwork, Ramires, Drogba, Torres – well played Chelski. No Messi No Barca? Thanks for the commentary Chad. Back to bed!

      • 10:23pm
        Nathan of Perth said | 10:23pm | ! Report

        Well, how about that!

    • 6:36am
      Stevo said | 6:36am | ! Report

      Torres UNBELIEVABLE!

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