Barcelona into the final

Barcelona are through to the final of the Champions League after a last gasp equaliser gave them an all important away goal.

In a very entertaining game, Chelsea took an early lead with a cracking volley from Essien and held on until the fourth minute of injury time when Iniesta scored an equaliser. It was end to end stuff, some great passing moves, and Chelsea had several good chances to increase their lead but failed to make the most of the opportunities.

Barcelona, although playing well, were surprisingly poor in front of goal, most of their attempts ending up high in the stands.

The game wasn’t without its controversial moments. Chelsea had four penalty appeals turned down during the game, two involving Drogba which, one would have to say, were highly doubtful, and two which were clear penalties. On the first occasion, Malouda was unceremoniously bundled over well inside the area and on the second, Pique clearly handled the ball. However, the referee, in his wisdom, adamantly refused to point to the spot.

These decisions by referee Ovrebo led to some rather disgraceful scenes after the match with Didier Drogba, never a shrinking violet, returning to the pitch to remonstrate with the official. Despite being given a yellow card for his behaviour, Drogba continued to harass the referee and had to be restrained. A sad end to a great match.

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