Flashback – May 6th 2009
This entry was posted on Monday, April 16th, 2012
Champions League Semi-Final Second Leg, Chelsea vs Barcelona.
Chelsea may have benefitted from the “rub of the green” on Sunday with that extraordinary second goal against Spurs, but they haven’t always been so lucky with the men in black. Ahead of their Champions League semi-final showdown against Barca, we cast our minds back to the 2009 clash between the sides, when Drogba went mad, Barca went through and Tom Ovrebo went into hiding.
Following a controlled stalemate in the Camp Nou, Hiddink’s Chelsea knew only a win would do at the Bridge. With United steamrollering past Arsenal the night before, England expected another all-English final, indeed another Chelsea-United scrap as in ’08.
All looked as if it was going to plan, when Michael Essien smashed home an incredible volley inside the first ten minutes. But that was just the beginning of the evening’s drama. In the first half alone, Chelsea had two clear penalty shouts rejected by the referee, first when Alves dragged down Malouda, and then when Drogba was pulled back in the box by Eric Abidal.
With ten minutes to go came arguably the clearest penalty appeal of the lot, as Gerard Pique punched the ball inside the area, only for Ovrebo to wave away the protests.
Andres Iniesta may forever be remembered for his World Cup winning goal, but never has he stunned a stadium like he did that night. His equaliser in the final minute of added time was sensational, and was the away goal that sent his side through to the final.
To add insult to an already very bad injury, there was just time for Samuel Eto’o to handle again in the box, leading to the magnificent scenes of Michael Ballack harassing the referee, chasing him down the pitch.
Betfair offer 8/1 of a repeat 1-1 scoreline, whilst footage of that incredible night can be found below.