Chelsea Europa League Champions
Lampard though had his goal bound shot saved brilliantly by Benfica goalkeeper Artur, a swerving hit was palmed to safety by Artur's out-stretched hand as he misjudged the flight and swing Lampard generated off his shot. Benfica tried their best but couldn't get the lead they were looking for, as the first-half ended goalless at the amazing Amsterdam Arena.
But at the stroke of an hour Fernando Torres struck for Chelsea with his vintage strike. Torres showed pace and body strength to escape the attentions of Ezequiel Garay and Luisao before rounding Artur to score from the tightest of angles. The goal did bring back the memories of his winner against Barcelona, which he had scored at Camp Nou in Chelsea's win in 2011-12 Champions League semi-final.
Although Chelsea couldn't hold on to the lead for that long, as Cesar Azpilicueta handled Eduardo Salvio's header and referee was quick to point to the penalty spot. And it was Benfica's leading goal scorer Cardozo who scored emphatically from the penalty spot to level the tie just ten minutes after Torres' opener.
WE WILL LIKE TO THANK THE ENTIRE CHELSEA SQUAD AND MORE SO OUR MANAGER RAFA BENITEZ WHO HAS DONE A VERY GOOD JOB IN HIS SHORT STINT AS THE CHELSEA MANAGER. KUDOS TO BENITEZ!!
Goals and Match highlights
Frank Lampard after winning the Europa League
Fernando Torres after winning the Europa League
Branislav Ivanovic after winning the Europa League
Rafa Benitez after winning the Europa League
Montage of the Europa League Win
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