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Barcelona and referee defeat Blues to reach final

Chelsea 1/ Barcelona 1 (Aggregate 1-1, Barcelona progress on away goals rule)

After 90 minutes of utter domination* over the supposed best team in the world, Chelsea may have felt confident of a second successive Champions League final. However, in the 93rd, Andres Iniesta cancelled out Michael Essien’s superb opener with Barcelona’s first shot on target of the game.

The real star of the show, of course, was Norwegian referee Tom Henning Øvrebø.  His laughably shite performance included a completely unnecessary sending off and the refusal of four penalty claims, at least three of which were definite fouls.

While the result is devastating for Chelsea fans, at least the neutrals can now look forward to the prospect of a vaguely interesting final.

*As some commenters pointed out, this clearly isn’t right. Read “utter domination over” as “resilient defending against”


11 responses so far
  • McRib // May 7, 2009 at 8:00 am

    Last night was brilliant. Iniesta scoring at the death was pure ecstasy.

  • Kimmak // May 7, 2009 at 8:20 am

    How is approximately 35% possession “Utter domination”?

    Even if one were to go along with the idea that Barcelona didn’t deserve it, what are Chelsea to be congratulated for here exactly? “It’s harder to build a house than to destroy it”

  • pól // May 7, 2009 at 9:05 am

    I’m a neutral, but what the hell are you talking about? Chelsea did not dominate at all. And the ref was poor to both sides. Should have been a penalty against Ballack in the first half for handball, and the decision to send Abidal off was a shocker. Chelsea had one good shout for a penalty (Pique), the rest were nothing.

  • xile // May 7, 2009 at 9:48 am

    Easy mistake to make, Chelsea were the Team in Blue not yellow!

  • anthony // May 7, 2009 at 2:10 pm

    The red card against Barcelona was also a questionable decision but I don’t hear anything about that…..
    Seems Chelsea fans overwhelmingly believe they’d be going to Rome if only there had been another ref.
    Wrong. They were taken out by one of the gutsiest comebacks in history.

    Soccer fans in UK should reconcile themselves with the fact that soccer is a game, a beautiful one.

  • cammen // May 7, 2009 at 2:11 pm

    the author may have gone colour blind…

  • richie // May 7, 2009 at 5:56 pm

    utter nonsense.

  • usonwanne nwobodo // May 8, 2009 at 9:12 pm

    if chelsea were so good they should have finished the match earlier. chelsea should accept there fate. barca showed why they are best team in the world.

  • victor // May 9, 2009 at 4:57 pm

    Im barcelona suporter from spain but im also fan of english football. Well, said this, i want to say a couple of words to chelsea fans, do you call english football the way chelsea have played versus barcelona? do you call football having the ball and give it back to the other team unpurpose? look yourselfs at the mirror and stop blaming the referi. Visca el BARÇA!!!

  • Goods // May 10, 2009 at 12:03 am

    You people are hilarious. No, you people are in denile.

  • McRib // May 10, 2009 at 7:55 pm

    Or denial.

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