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Having come close so many times before, it proved a case of third time lucky for Chelsea as they reached the 2008 Champions League final.
Standing in their way were Liverpool, who had broken Chelsea hearts in the semifinals twice before. But with Didier Drogba inspired by comments made by Rafa Benitez regarding his apparent tendency to play act, as per The Guardian, there was no stopping the Blues this time out.
With the scores level at 1-1 after the first leg, Drogba got Chelsea on their way at Stamford Bridge when he scored the opener.
It put Blues fans in Dreamland, although Drogba had one thing on his mind—Benitez. Having scored, the Chelsea striker then celebrated in front of the Liverpool boss, sliding to his knees as the Stamford Bridge crowd bowed to his brilliance.
More drama followed when Fernando Torres leveled for the Reds, forcing the game into extra-time. Frank Lampard scored a penalty—coming in his first game back since the death of his mother—before Drogba added a third.
Ryan Babel's late effort was nothing more than a consolation as Chelsea won 3-2 on the night, 4-3 on aggregate, to set up a meeting with Manchester United in the final.