SPANISH FOOTBALL | SPORTS: CHELSEA FC 1 ATLETICO DE MADRID 3 | UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE SEMI RESULT

CHELSEA FC 1 ATLETICO DE MADRID 3 | UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE SEMI RESULT

The UEFA Champions League Final season 2013-2014 will be an all Spanish Football affair after Atletico de Madrid defeated Chelsea FC 1 - 3 in the 2º leg return semi-final match. Atletico de Madrid will face local City rival Real Madrid in Lisbon on the 24th of May, a true "clasico" multiplied by 10.

The match was very even the first half with Chelsea FC putting in a more "offensive" starting 11 which included Hazard who was dangerous all match. Atletico betted on Adrian over Raul Garcia & Arda Turan also started indicating that ball control was on the Spanish teams tactical board.

UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE semi final 2014

Both teams tested each other out in the beginning & Chelsea FC was the first to be rewarded when Fernando Torres scored in the 35th min. It seemed that Chelsea FC would grow, but Atletico remained calm under the circumstance & kept attacking the right flank to later change the game to the other side, or deliver dangerous crosses with the goal area. The prize came in the 44th min when Adrian equalized for the important "away-goal". It was a psychological blow for Chelsea FC ending the half & lifting the spirits of Atletico.

UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE semi final 2014

The second half was much more Atletico de Madrid, looking for the goal more & showing more aggression especially from Diego Costa who was a menace all night with the Chelsea FC defenders. In the 58th min Samuel Eto´o who had come on fouled in the penalty area & this gave Atletico the chance to punish. The second goal came in the 60th min when Diego Costa scored the penalty.

UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE semi final 2014

In the 63rd min Chelsea FC midfielder David Luiz hit the post, but the sealer for the Spaniards came in the 71st min when Juanfran crossed over to the right flank where Arda Turan got the ball then did his magic - hitting the bar first - to knock a rebound into the net.  Chelsea FC then had no choice but to go all out & attack & managed some chances, but Atletico goalie Courtois was very solid along with his defence which put in a marvellous match standing firm the last 15 minutes while Chelsea FC attempted to turn things around.

Special mentions to Atletico de Madrid midfielder Koke, who had a yellow card & was in danger of missing the Final, but was outstanding & disciplined. Defenders Miranda & Godin solid all night, Mario Suarez with Thiago were authentic "diesel machines" &, not a player, Coach Simeone who was on his feet the whole match.


A historic night for Atletico de Madrid & for Spanish Football which gets two Clubs into the UEFA Champions League Final.

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