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.


ollow all the latest news below...


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

  • Full time: Benfica 1 Chelsea 2
    • The match kicked off at 7.45pm
    • Frank Lampard captains Chelsea in absence of John Terry
    • The match goalless at half-time
    • Torres puts Chelsea ahead after 59 mins
    • Cardozo scores from the penalty spot after a handball by Azpilicueta in the box
    • Ivanovic scores a header for Chelsea deep into injury time
    • The full time whistle goes

    5/15/2013 5:09:57 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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