LONDON: The Champions League Final in Lisbon next month will be the first derby in the event’s history after Atletico de Madrid saw off Chelsea to set up a clash with neighbours Real.
Atletico Madrid deservedly followed Real into the final by hitting back to win3-1 and 4-2 on aggregate after Chelsea had taken an early lead in front of their own fans at Stamford Bridge through their ‘old boy’ Fernando Torres after Willian had outwitted two Atletico defenders deep on the right wing.
Atletico coach Diego Simeone ordered an instant response. His players raised the tempo and were rewarded with an equaliser just before half-time.
Chelsea’s five-man back line went to sleep as Juanfran was allowed to cross from the byline and Adrian shot home after the ball bounced over the outstretched legs of both John Terry and Ashey Cole.
Only a reflex save by Mark Schwarzer from Adrian, in a similar position, kept Chelsea in the tie just after half-time. That prompted Mourinho into a positive substitution with Samuel Eto’o replacing Ashley Cole.
But it was Eto’o, back defending, who tripped Diego Costa to concede a penalty which the Chelsea transfer target converted, albeit after collecting a yellow card in a bizarre incident because the ball refused to sit still on the spot.
Chelsea’s faint hopes were extinguished when Arda Turan scored a simple goal from close range after Juanfran’s shot rebounded down off the crossbar. Simeone indulged in a Mourinho-style gallop down the touchline in celebration.