Seeking at least two goals to overturn their 1-0 defeat at Stamford Bridge, Guardiola’s team pretty much failed badly as they only managed to get a 2-2 draw, despite the fact that the Blues were playing with only 10-men for the larger part of the game.
Coming into the game with a low morale after the home defeat against Madrid in La Liga, Barcelona were keen on getting the score sheer early as they poured waves of attack at Chelsea’s defense right from the kick off. However, the tight defense added with Peter Cech’s brillint display simply frustrated the Catalan side, who were looking rather tired actually as they didn’t managed to make constant combination pass in the final third.
However, after waves and waves of attacks, the home team eventually hit the breakthrough when Isaac Cuenca’s cut back was easily finished by Sergio Busquets, setting the stadium alive. After that goal, things seemingly are looking easier for the Catalan especially when the Blues lost John Terry after being caught doing an off the ball foul on Alexis Sanchez.
The Catalan took full advantage of the situation immediately as they soon scored their second on the night through Andres Iniesta who steered the ball passed Peter Cech without much problem. However, just when things were looking great for them, the Catalan switched off and allowed 10-men Chelsea to pull a goal back from Ramires’ brilliant chip in the final minutes of the first period.
The 2-1 scoreline forced Barca players to push up again in the second period as that away goal simply gave Chelsea an advantage on aggregate, giving the huge pressure again for the home team. Pep Guardiola’s side immediately picked up a chance to restore their advantage early in that second period when the referee pointed at the spot when Didier Drogba fould Cesc Fabregas inside the area.
However, luck seemed to be drifting away from the Catalan side as Lionel Messi surprisingly hit his spot kick into the bar, much to the relief of Drogba, who could simply handed Barca a passaged to the final. Barca’s misery gets even worse in the final minute when Chelsea even managed to avoid a defeat when Fernando Torres broke through the Barca’s defense and scored the second for his team after previously rounding Victor Valdes.
Barcelona v Chelsea 2-2
Goals: Busquets 35, Iniesta 43 (Barcelona); Ramires 45, Torres 91 (Chelsea)