It was far from pretty. It required work, determination and grit. But Chelsea got there in the end. They always do.
A stoppage-time header from Branislav Ivanovic gave Chelsea a dramatic victory over Benfica at the Amsterdam ArenA after Fernando Torres' opener was cancelled out by Oscar Cardozo's penalty.
Much like their Champions League triumph just under a year ago, Chelsea were on the back foot, but somehow their interim manager Rafa Benitez inspired his side and rallied them as they fought for victory.
It was cruel on Benfica, who can be heartened by their exciting, high-intensity play. But winning European finals is becoming a knack for the West Londoners.
After such a tense encounter, here's how the heroic Blues fared in our ratings.