Europa League Final: Benfica v Chelsea - Live coverage - The Independent

Europa League Final: Benfica v Chelsea

by Simon Rice (Online Sports... on May 15, 2013 at 4:41 PM

Welcome to The Independent's coverage of the Europa League final in Amsterdam between Benfica and Chelsea with me,
Simon Rice.

CHELSEA HAVE WON THE EUROPA LEAGUE

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THE STORY OF THE MATCH - IN PICTURES...





Torres scores the opening goal of the match...
by The Independent on May 15, 2013 at 9:08 PM

Cardozo scores Benfica's equaliser from the penalty spot...
by The Independent on May 15, 2013 at 9:28 PM

Ivanovic scores an injury time header to win the Europa League for Chelsea...
by The Independent on May 15, 2013 at 9:47 PM

Let's get this party started! Joy for Chelsea at the final whistle...
by The Independent on May 15, 2013 at 9:52 PM

But, as they say on these occasions in football, heartbreak for Benfica...
by The Independent on May 15, 2013 at 9:53 PM





  • Tonight's teams...

    Benfica: Artur Moraes, Almeida, Luisao, Garay, Melgarejo, Perez, Matic, Rodrigo, Gaitan, Cardozo, Salvio.

    Subs: Paulo Lopes, Aimar, Lima, John, Urreta, Jardel, Gomes.


    Chelsea: Cech, Azpilicueta, Ivanovic, Cahill, Cole, Lampard, Luiz, Ramires, Mata, Oscar, Torres.

    Subs: Turnbull, Mikel, Moses, Ferreira, Marin, Benayoun, Ake.


    Referee: Bjorn Kuipers (Holland)

    5/15/2013 6:12:44 PM
  • John Terry in the Amsterdam ArenA. Presumably he's wearing his full Chelsea kit under that suit - socks and everything.

    5/15/2013 6:20:41 PM
  • 57 min: Better from Chelsea. First Ramires is guilty of being offside when in a great position and then Oscar goes close inside the box but the defender beats him to the ball. Just.
    5/15/2013 7:59:19 PM
  • Cahill with a great defensive header...

    5/15/2013 8:00:41 PM
  • 59 min - GOAL!!!: Torres puts Chelsea ahead! A quick ball forward is latched onto by the Spaniard. He holds off the defender then rounds the keeper. He's still got a lot to do but is able to find the back of the net from a tight angle. That's why you pay £50m.
    5/15/2013 8:02:20 PM
  • 63 min: Talk about against the run of play that goal. And Chelsea have a decent chance to double their advantage but with a free-kick in a great position, Mata puts it into the wall.
    5/15/2013 8:05:44 PM
  • 65 min: Chants of "we know what we are, Champions of Europe" coming from the Chelsea end. For a week and a half they'll be double champions of Europe. Until Dortmund or Bayern claim the Champions League that is.
    5/15/2013 8:07:10 PM
  • Torres scores the opening goal of the match...

    5/15/2013 8:08:17 PM
  • 67 min - PENALTY!: Penalty to Benfica for a handball by Azpilicueta! A bit harsh but it did hit the Chelsea defender's hand.
    5/15/2013 8:09:44 PM
  • 68 min - GOAL!: Cardozo blasts it to the left. Cech goes the other way. 1-1!
    5/15/2013 8:10:31 PM
  • 72 min: Well this game has come to life. A bit more on that penalty call. The ref gave himself an age to think about it before deciding Azpilicueta was guilty. The ball only travelled a short distance to his hand but the Chelsea defender had his hands up when he didn't need to. Kind of depends which side your supporting to call that one.
    5/15/2013 8:14:18 PM
  • Chelsea pictured celebrating the opening goal...

    5/15/2013 8:15:36 PM
  • 76 min - PENALTY SHOUT: Torres turns inside the box before throwing himself to the ground. The defender is all over him but Tom Daley would have been proud of that eventual tumble.
    5/15/2013 8:18:40 PM
  • Jesus! Yes, Jorge Jesus, doing what he does best on the touchline...

    5/15/2013 8:20:32 PM
  • The Independent's Sam Wallace in Amsterdam...


    5/15/2013 8:21:22 PM
  • 80 min: We've had a couple of injury breaks but we're about to enter the last 10 minutes. This could go either way.
    5/15/2013 8:22:10 PM
  • 82 min: Just when you think Torres might be back to his best (finally) - he reminds you how rubbish he's become. The Spaniard gets into a great position and can feed the ball into Ramires to his right but plays it behind his team-mate and the move falls apart.
    5/15/2013 8:23:55 PM
  • 83 min - GREAT SAVE: Cech tips over a half-volley from Cardozo. And the Benfica striker almost scores just after but somehow clears the ball away from the goal rather than shooting at it.
    5/15/2013 8:24:58 PM
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