A late goal from substitute striker Demba Ba saw Chelsea through to the Champions League semifinals (on away goals) following a 2-0 win over Paris Saint-Germain at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea trailed 3-1 after the first leg in Paris, but had not lost a home match in almost seven months. PSG were also coming into the match without star striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
What looked like a daunting task for the London club looked even more so when an injured Eden Hazard had to be removed in the 18th minute. But Chelsea remained resilient and were rewarded in the 32nd minute when Andre Schurrle – Hazard’s replacement – scored off a corner kick. Suddenly it was game on!
Chelsea kept piling on the pressure in the second half, throwing extra men forward in search of a second goal. They had several missed opportunities, with Schurrle, Willian and Oscar all hitting the post. Chelsea’s forward venturing also left them exposed at the back. Twice, PSG had an opportunity to seal their place in the semifinals only for striker Edison Cavani to squander those chances.
Just would it seemed like that second goal would prove to be elusive for Chelsea, there was Ba in position to poke a Cesar Azpilicueta shot into the penalty area past PSG goalkeeper Salvatore Sirigu with three minutes left in the match. It ignited a huge celebration – including manager Jose Mourinho running down the touchline and unto the field.