By Obinna Odenigbo
In what was an epic battle at the magnificent Camp Nou in Spain, Nigeria’s John Obi Mikel and his Chelsea teammates put in a resillient shift in the middle of the park to progress to the Finals against all odds.
This incredible night will live long in the hearts of the Chelsea team and supporters as they are now through to the Champions League final after an incredible 2-2 draw against Barcelona at Camp Nou in their semi-final second-leg encounter.
John Obi Mikel and Raul Meireless worked extra hard to ensure the middle of the park was sometimes unplayable and on the whole, Roberto Di Matteo’s team defended brilliantly throughout, and will now travel to Munich on May 19 despite playing the majority of the match with 10 men.
The Catalans appeared to be home and dry after goals by Sergio Busquets and Andres Iniesta either side of a John Terry red card appeared to put the Blues out of the competition before half-time.
However, Ramires put the tie back into Chelsea’s hands with a fantastic effort just before the interval.
Lionel Messi missed a penalty early in the second-half, and the Blues combined superb defending with a bit of luck, before Fernando Torres put the icing on the cake by finishing off a counterattack at the death.