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Relive: Chelsea 2-1 Benfica (Europa League final)

A last-gasp goal from Serbian defender Branislav Ivanovic helps Chelsea win the Europa League after beating Benfica 2-1 at the Amsterdam Arena

Ahram Online, Wednesday 15 May 2013
Frank Lampard
Chelsea's Frank Lampard and Eduardo Salvio (L) run for the ball during their Europa League final soccer match at the Amsterdam Arena May 15, 2013. (Photo: Reuters)
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The referee blows his final whistle, Chelsea are the Europa League winners with a 2-1 win!

90+4 Cardozo wastes a valuable chance to level the score!! He fails to find the net from close range following a defensive lapse.

90+3 Benfica concede another last-gasp goal following the one they leaked in the crucial league tie against Porto.

90+3 Serbian defender Ivanovic scores at the death!! His looping header following a corner goes to the far corner of the net.


The referee adds three minutes of stoppage time.

89 A high-tempo game is approaching the end, but both sides still have another battle in the extra time.

86 A fierce, swerving Lampard shot strikes the crossbar! It would have been one of the greatest goals this season.

85 A tame shot by Chelsea defender Azpilicueta is saved by keeper Artur.

84 Chances go begging at both ends. Can anyone score the decisive goal in the remaining six minutes?

83 Ramires makes a bursting run to the area but a sliding tackle from Luisao denies him.

82 A header by Benfica substitute Jardel goes wide.

81 Petr Cech makes a superb reflex save to tip over a powerful drive from Oscar Cardozo at the other end.

79 A fast-paced Chelsea counter attacks ends with Torres sending a poor pass to Ramires wide on the right.

78 Everything to play for with 12 minutes remaining.

77 Benfica's defender Garay sustains an injury.

74 Torres is apparently brought down by Luisao in the area but the referee waves play on.

71 A poor cross by Ramires goes out. The Brazilian is not the adequate replacement for the injured Eden Hazard.

69 The match is very exciting now. It's an evenly balanced affair.

67 Oscar Carodozo calmly converts a penalty awarded for a handball on Azpilicueta, who needlessly raised his arm to handle the ball in the area.



Benfica make a double substitution. Lima replaces Rodrigo and Ola John replaces Melgarejo.

64 Chelsea are now in the driving seat to win the trophy despite a lackluster display. Benfica still have a chance to restore parity though.

61 Benfica's Brazilian defender Luisao receives a yellow card for a wild challenge on Torres.

59 Chelsea score against the run of play! A superb individual effort from Torres helps them grab the lead. He gathers a long ball in the middle of the pitch, turns to elude his first marker and make a darting run towards the area, skipping past another challenger in the process. He rounds the keeper and slots into an empty net.


58 A far-post header by Benfica's Salvio is collected by Chelsea's keeper.

56 Oscar tries to thread a ball through the defence, which clears the danger. Chelsea's tame efforts are yet to trouble Benfica's backline and keeper Artur Moraes.

54 Chelsea's creative duo Oscar and Mata are sheckled by a tight Benfica defence. Chelsea coach Rafael Benitez could look for alternatives on the bench.

52 Cardozo was marginally offside when he converted a right-wing cross. Benfica are close to breaking the deadlock.

51 Cardozo scores for Benfica but his effort is ruled out for offside!!

50 Cesar Azpilicueta makes a timely interception to deny Benfica's Rodrigo from inside the area.

49 A mis-hit volley by Benfica's Gaitan goes wide of the post. Benfica pile on pressure in the early stages of the second half.

47 Chelsea will be looking to improve on their lethargic first-half display, while Benfica will be aiming to find a killer instinct after wasting some goal-scoring chances in the first half.

The second half is underway

The referee blows his half-time whistle, Chelsea 0-0 Benfica

Lampard's ensuing free-kick goes poorly wide.

45+1 Benfica's Ezequiel Garay is booked for bringing down Oscar.

44 Both sides exchange some tame efforts on the stroke of halftime.

40 Chelsea gain the upper hand in the latter stages of the first half.

38 Frank Lampard almost gives Chelsea the lead! His thunderbolt from the edge of the area is superbly blocked by a one-handed save from Artur.

36 Chelsea are struggling to get the ball out of their own half.

33 Benfia's Gaitan shoots with the outside of his left foot from the edge of the area but his effort goes over the bar.

32 A Cardozo free-kick strikes the Chelsea wall.

30 Chelsea relatively improved in the second quarter of an hour, but Benfica still look the more likely to open the scoring.

28 Benfica's Gaitan wastes another chance! He opts to play a long ball across the box when well positioned to shoot goalwards.

27 A long-range Oscar shot is blocked by Benfica keeper Artur.

25 A Chelsea free-kick is cleared by the Benfica defence. Ramires then fails to get on the end of a Mata through pass.

23 Fernando Torres is isolated upfront, as Juan Mata and Oscar are struggling to feed him.

20 Chelsea's David Luiz is struggling in a playmaking role. His passes are repeatedly intercepted by Benfica's defenders.

17 Chelsea are outplayed in the first quarter of an hour. Benfica were unlucky not to open the scoring.

15 Benfica almost score from the ensuing free-kick! Repeated mis-hit shots in a goal-mouth scramble deny them from close range.

14 Chelsea's Oscar receives a yellow card after fouling Enzo Perez, who was making a bursting run towards the area.

12 Benfica pour forward en masse! Nicolas Gaitan blasts the ball high over the bar from inside the area after a smooth move. Chelsea's defenders are struggling to contain Benfica's forwards.

11 Another chance for Benfica! The Portuguese side expose the gaps in Chelsea's right-hand side but some desperate defending blocks two successive shots from Benfica forwards.

9 In Chelsea's first foray forward, Brazilian forward Oscar just fails to control a long ball behind the defence.

7 Chelsea's Brazilian midfielder Ramires receives treatment after being fouled by Lorenzo Melgarejo.

6 The Portuguese side have the better possession in the early exchanges. Chelsea make a slow start.

4 Benfica make an enthusiastic start before a raucous crowd at the Amsterdam Arena.

2 The first chance for Benfica! A right-wing cross picks out striker Oscar Cardozo, who outjumps his marker to send a header just over the bar.

The match is underway

Chelsea's starting line-up: 1-Petr Cech, 28-Cesar Azpilicueta, 24-Gary Cahill, 2-Branislav Ivanovic, 3-Ashley Cole; 7-Ramires, 4-David Luiz, 8-Frank Lampard, 10-Juan Mata, 11-Oscar, 9-Fernando Torres.

19:55 Benfica's starting line-up: 1-Artur; 34-Andre Almeida, 4-Luisao, 24-Ezequiel Garay, 25-Melgarejo; 20-Nicolas Gaitan, 18-Eduardo Salvio, 21-Nemanja Matic, 35-Enzo Perez; 7-Oscar Cardozo, 19-Rodrigo.

19:00 Benfica won the European Cup twice in 1961 and 1962 but have never won the continent's secondary club competition.

18:30 Chelsea will become the first club to simultaneously hold the Champions League and Europa League titles if they beat Benfica.

17:30 Chelsea's coach Rafael Benitez will be looking to rescue a disappointing season for the Blues before leaving at the end of the season. Widespread reports suggest that Portuguese manager Jose Mourinho will replace him at Stamford Bridge.

Stay tuned for Ahram Online's special live coverage of the Europa League final between England's Chelsea and Portugal's Benfica in Amsterdam.

It's the Premier League giants' last chance to clinch a trophy this season after failing to win the Community Shield, European Super Cup, Champions League, World Club Cup, Premier League, FA Cup and League Cup tournaments.

Eden Hazard will be sidelined because of a hamstring injury.

Benitez has had little backing from the Stamford Bridge faithful since taking over in November from Champions League-winning Roberto Di Matteo, a manager who was idolised by the supporters.

Earlier this week Sven-Goran Eriksson, who had two spells in charge of Benfica, described the Portuguese side as a more technically gifted team than Chelsea.

Benfica players seem ready for the final after their late defeat at rivals Porto in the Portuguese title race at the weekend, said coach Jorge Jesus.

Probable teams:

Benfica: 1-Artur; 34-Andre Almeida, 4-Luisao, 24-Ezequiel Garay, 25-Melgarejo; 22-Nicolas Gaitan, 18-Eduardo Salvio, 21-Nemanja Matic, 35-Enzo Perez; 7-Oscar Cardozo, 11-Lima.

Chelsea: 1-Petr Cech, 28-Cesar Azpilicueta, 4-David Luiz, 2-Branislav Ivanovic, 3-Ashley Cole; 7-Ramires, 8-Frank Lampard, 13-Victor Moses, 10-Juan Mata, 11-Oscar, 9-Fernando Torres.

Referee: Bjorn Kuipers (Netherlands)                   

The match kicks off at 20:45 CLT (18:45 GMT)

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