Benfica vs. Chelsea: Live Score, Highlights, Recap
UEFA Europa League Final: Benfica vs. Chelsea (kickoff 2:45 p.m. ET; 7:45 p.m. BST)
15 May 2013
Amsterdam Arena, Amsterdam
Referee: Bjorn Kuipers (Netherlands)
60' Torres; 68' Cardozo; 90+3' Ivanovic
Benfica XI: Artur; Almeida, Garay, Luisao, Melgarejo; Matic, Perez; Salvio, Rodrigo, Gaitan; Cardozo
Chelsea XI: Cech; Azpilicueta, Ivanovic, Cahill, Cole; Lampard, David Luiz; Ramires, Mata, Oscar; Torres
A last-gasp goal from Branislav Ivanovic won the Europa League for Chelsea on Wednesday as the London side joined Ajax, Bayern Munich and Juventus as one of only four clubs to have won all three major European trophies.
After a first half largely dominated by Benfica, Fernando Torres opened the scoring for Chelsea on the hour-mark after bursting into the box, shaking off his marker and rounding Benfica goalkeeper Artur before slipping the ball into the back of the net.
Only moments before Petr Cech had denied Eduardo Salvio from in close, and after the Torres goal his stop seemed all the more monumental.
Benfica, it must be said, struggled to capitalize on the large swaths of possession they enjoyed throughout the match, although in the 68th minute they were awarded a penalty after Cesar Azpilicueta was rightly judged to have handled the ball inside the area.
Paraguayan marksman Oscar Cardozo, otherwise snake-bitten in front of goal on this night, made no mistake from the spot, and for a time it seemed as though extra time was inevitable.
But just as the clocked showed 93 minutes Ivanovic peeled off his man following a Chelsea corner and placed a header just inside the far corner.
Champions League winners a year before, Chelsea nevertheless lifted a second piece of European silverware in two seasons, and John Terry—having changed into his kit at the final whistle—lifted the trophy together with Frank Lampard.
Terry and Lampard lift the Europa League trophy.
Lampard and Terry lift the trophy together.
The Chelsea players are now receiving their winners' medals and preparing to lift the trophy on the presentation gantry.
Predictably, John Terry has changed into his kit.
Chelsea join Bayern Munich, Juventus and Ajax in a truly elite group of clubs that have won all three major European club competitions.— Cristian Nyari (@Cnyari) May 15, 2013
Have to feel for Benfica. At the weekend they gave up a late goal that likely cost them the title, and tonight, in the final minute of second-half stoppage-time, they concede late on and lose the Europa League. Heartbreaking.
The Ivanovic winner.
FULL TIME: CHELSEA HAVE WON THE EUROPA LEAGUE!!!
90+4' Gary Cahill with a heroic intervention on Cardozo.
Well-placed header by Ivanovic, but there was no cover on either post from the Benfica defense. That's it, surely.
90+3' GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL CHELSEA!!! Ivanovic from the last-minute corner!
There will be three minutes of stoppage time.
90' Ashley Cole with another important clearance after Salvio played a dangerous ball into the mixer. He gets up for these European finals, Cole.
88' Lampard hits the bar! That's two good chances tonight for Lampard, who was first denied by Artur and then, with barely two minutes remaining, by the woodwork!
87' Well-placed shot by Azpilicueta, but Artur made a good stop and, more importantly, didn't give up a rebound.
It's getting rather testy.
85' Five minutes remaining in normal time. Benfica have used all three of their substitutions; Chelsea have used none.
84' Luisao with a vital intervention on Ramires, who had run into the Benfica box with some intent.
82' Cech with a spectacular save on Cardozo!
80' Cardozo motions for more crowd support. Ten minutes remaining in normal time and this one is finally balanced.
Torres pulled back - and then dived when he wasn't being pulled back. Looks embarrassing.— John Cross (@johncrossmirror) May 15, 2013
Was never a penalty.
77' Jardel replaces Garay, who cannot continue.
83' Salvio's corner met by Jardel but placed well over the target.
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