Benfica vs. Chelsea: Live Score, Highlights, Recap

Jerrad Peters@@jerradpetersWorld Football Staff WriterMay 14, 2013

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)

 

Scoring

60' Torres; 68' Cardozo; 90+3' Ivanovic

Lineups

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

 

Recap

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.

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