Roberto Di Matteo has taken 10-man Chelsea to the Champions League Final after a shock 2-2 draw in Barcelona.
In a remarkably similar game to the semi-final that saw Jose Mourinho’s Inter go towards the trophy in 2010, the Blues looked doomed after going 2-0 down with John Terry sent off for kneeing ex-Udinese forward Alexis Sanchez in the back.
However, Ramires struck before the break with a delightful chip to put Chelsea in front on away goals, 2-2 on aggregate.
Lionel Messi had the perfect opportunity to restore Barca’s advantage in the tie overall, but fired his penalty against the crossbar.
The Spaniards hit the woodwork again in the final stages and saw substitute Fernando Torres waltz past Victor Valdes on the counter-attack in stoppages.
It secured Chelsea’s 2-2 draw at the Nou Camp, 3-2 on aggregate.
Barcelona 2-2 Chelsea (2-3 on agg)
Scorers: Busquets 35 (B), Iniesta 43 (B), Ramires 45 (C), Torres 92 (C)
Sent off: Terry 37 (C)
Missed penalty: Messi 49 (B)