Fernando Torres Video: Watch Chelsea Star Score Series-Icing Goal vs. Barcelona

Zachary D. Rymer@zachrymerMLB Lead WriterApril 24, 2012

Of all the Chelsea players who could have put in a series-clinching goal in the Champions League semi-finals against Barcelona, of course it would be Fernando Torres.

Torres' first campaign with the Blues has been a rocky one, but all of his struggles became water under the bridge as soon as he punched a match-tying goal past Victor Valdes in the 90th minute. The score made it 2-2, and it gave Chelsea a decisive 3-2 aggregate advantage over Barcelona in their semi-final tie.

Wow. Just wow.

There's really no exaggerating what a huge upset Tuesday's result really is. The Blues came in with a 1-0 aggregate advantage, but they were facing the most explosive team in the world in enemy territory. To advance, they were going to have to play a brilliant match.

Early on, Chelsea looked doomed. Sergio Busquets gave Barca a 1-0 lead in the 35th minute, and Andres Iniesta made it 2-0 shortly before halftime.

Chelsea wasn't just dealing with a 2-0 deficit at that point. The Blues were looking at a 2-0 deficit that they were going to have to overcome without any help from Gary Cahill or John Terry. Cahill had to leave with an injury, and Terry was sent off with a red card.

Chelsea was back in the game mere minutes after Iniesta made it 2-0, as Ramires punched in a goal to make it 2-1 moments before halftime. Just like that, Barca's momentum was gone, and Chelsea had themselves a crucial away goal.

In the second half, the Blues clamped down on defense, with the biggest scare coming on a missed penalty kick by Lionel Messi.

Torres' series-icing goal was a thing of beauty when it happened, and it was clear as soon as he had possession of the ball on Barca's half of the pitch that the game was well and truly over. All he had to do was finish, and he did.

Enjoy this one, Chelsea. This is a result people are going to remember for a long time.

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