There will be an all-Madrid final in the Champions League on May 24th in Lisbon, Portugal.
Atletico Madrid put on a clinic in Stamford Bridge on Wednesday. The “Colchoneros” crushed Chelsea 3-1, a result few expected.
After the 0-0 tie in the Vicente Calderon last Tuesday, a close low-scoring match was anticipated, however that would not be the case.
Both clubs were feeling each other out in the early part of the match, neither really creating any scoring chances early on.
When it seemed that both teams were going into the half tied at zero, Fernando Torres appeared.
Willian split two defenders on the right side of the Atletico Madrid’s box and left the ball for Cesar Azpilicueta who picked out the Spanish striker in the box.
Torres, a former Atletico player, did not celebrate his 36th minute goal.
The result, at that moment, was playing perfectly into Jose Mourinho’s hands. A game tied up in the middle, and with a 1-0 advantage, the “Blues” coach was expecting to go to the dressing room with an important advantage.
Then it all came crumbling down for Chelsea.
Hazard lost his mark on Juanfran who hit a long cross back across the 6 yard box to find a wide-open Adrian to make it 1-1 in the 44th minute of the first half.
The London “blues” were visibly shaken by the goal.
The second half
The second half saw Atletico Madrid take control of the midfield. Win the middle, win the war.
The 1-1 scoreline would leave Chelsea eliminated, yet they couldn’t seem to bring danger to the goal defended by Thibaut Courtois.
Atletico kept attacking, and they got their reward in the 60th minute of the match.
Diego Costa was taken down by Samuel Eto’o –why was Eto’o defending?– in the Chelsea box. The Spanish international striker blasted the penalty past by Mark Schwarzer.
Panic started setting in for the London “Blues.”
Just 10 minutes later, Ardan Turan put the final nail in the Chelsea coffin.
Juanfran latched on to another deep cross and hit it back across the box to Turan who headed the ball off of the crossbar. You know it’s your day when the rebound lands back at your feet for an easy finish.
Chelsea from then on –without much order– tried to get back into the match, but found themselves with an enormous figure, Thibaut Courtois –a player they own.
Atletico Madrid will face Real Madrid in Lisbon on May 24. That version of the Madrid derby is sure to be a doozy.