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Chelsea the New Champion of Europa League

Written by Andrew Scofield   
Wednesday, 15 May 2013 22:48

Chelsea Champion of Europa LeagueAgainst what was the process of the game, Chelsea 2-1 victory over the end to a great Benfica, and was champion of Europa League football on Wednesday in the final game in Amsterdam.

The Spanish Fernando Torres and Branislav Ivanovic scored the goals of the English team (59 and 90 +3), while the Paraguayan Oscar Cardozo penalty had equalized (68).

Thus, the London team, which won the Champions League last year, became the fourth team to achieve all three European competitions next to Ajax Amsterdam, Bayern Munich and Juventus.

Began more aggressive the Portuguese team, with its plethora of South American players who had more control of the ball more times before the goal defended by Czech Petr Cech.

The Paraguayan Oscar Cardozo and Argentine Eduardo Salvio were the most incisive among team forwards Jorge Jesus.


The latter would say after the game: "I'm sad for the players, but also for our fans, who were outstanding tonight, and they were also better than Chelsea (...) On the court we were better than our opponents during the Most of the 93 minutes. During the first time we block. Like last week against Porto (in the league), conceded a goal in the final moments. "

The 'coach' said he would define his future at the club in the coming days, since it has very good relationships with managers

The 'Blues' in the Spanish Rafa Benitez attempted to organize, but the opponent was better off on the court.

After 38 minutes the English team just had their first chance on goal when captain Frank Lampard took a great shot from outside the area, but the Brazilian goalkeeper Lisbonites, Artur, showed very good reflexes and took a corner kick .

Then Cardozo headed against the fence but feeble adversary, and Ezequiel Garay Dutch referee Bjorn Kuipers showed him the yellow card for a rough foul on the Brazilian Oscar, Chelsea, and at the end of the first part in which the Lisbon red were better.

"We had a great performance in the second half against a very good team (...) The players have worked hard all season, and I'm proud It was not easy, so I'm very happy and proud," said Benitez , who took over on an interim basis the Swiss-Italian Roberto Di Matteo, who was fired last November.

The second half started well, with Benfica more uninhibited, with a bustling crowd in the stands, and Londoners less dynamic, to the point that Benitez beckoned to be encouraged.

After 51 minutes, the Argentine Nicolas Gaitan lifted a cross from the right sidelines head Cardozo sent to networks Cech arc, but the referees pointed out a dubious offside. Soon after, Artur would have required her feet to a clear 'off-side' of compatriot Ramires.

But football, they say, not logical. At 59, Cech launched a handball after a chance lusos and in incredible failure, defender Luisao freed Torres, who advanced to the race, just might leave behind a mark with ball Artur and crossed a undeserved goal. Chelsea dreamed but woke.

"It was not easy. Suffered in the first half against a team technically brilliant", recognized 'the boy' as he was nicknamed at Atletico Madrid.

But, in 68 Spanish defender Cesar Azpilicueta committed a clear hand in the area, and the referee (not even watch despite clear what the move) decreed a penalty kick in the gunner did not spare Cardozo Guarani Cech.

Then he gave some balance, but more lucid Benfica.

But luck was full of English side, discount How could Ivanovic headed a corner and got the undeserved 2-1 to a team that did not stop attacking until the final moment. For Benfica was an unjust result and cruel.

The Serb, who could not believe what happened, said: "It's a great feeling (...) This team deserved this, because we had a very difficult season, with many matches."

The fans 'Blues', almost invisible, appeared suddenly in the last few minutes in the Amsterdam ArenA, want at all costs to return the bank of Portuguese Jose Mourinho, in bad relationship with Real Madrid.

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