Video: Chelsea/ Barcelona Champions League highlights
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”