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Why Ashley Cole, you say?
Well, sometimes in a match, one individual manages to rise above the rest and inspires his team to be resolute. Tonight, that man was Ashley Cole.
The second goal, coupled with the sending off of John Terry, looked to be the straw that broke Chelsea’s back. They looked downtrodden, utterly dismayed by the events that had just transpired.
And yet, Cole never gave up. For a period of time after Andres Iniesta’s goal, no Chelsea player besides Cole seemed to have the desire to continue anymore. All expected an onslaught.
Certainly, the goal that followed soon after was of immense significance, but it all started with Cole's never-say-die attitude.
He also held the back line with perfection and thwarted Barcelona's offensive play with incredible defensive solidity.
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