Chelsea Vs. Benfica: Final Score 2-1 Chelsea (3-1 Aggregate), Blues Advance To Semis

LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 04: Frank Lampard (L) of Chelsea celebrates scoring his penalty with team mates during the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final second leg match between Chelsea and Benfica at Stamford Bridge on April 4, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

Chelsea advance to the semifinals of the UEFA Champions League after beating Benfica 2-1 at home and 3-1 on aggregate. After a 1-0 away win in Lisbon the Blues were never in any real danger of being knocked out, and they knew that defending deep and counterattacking would probably see them through, so that's what they did. Letting Benfica have the ball and looking to break makes for some ugly football, but it resulted in a 1-0 lead through a Frank Lampard penalty, so that was nice.

The red card to Maxi Pereira was also nice, and so was the spell of pressure Chelsea applied for much of the second half, one which resulted in at least six clear-cut scoring chances over the spell of twenty minutes or so (or, if you're counting, about as many as Benfica managed in 180 minutes of football). What was less nice is the fact that they didn't score with any of them and then fell apart defensively with 15 minutes to go, allowing Javi Garcia to score off a corner and giving us all a bit of a heart attack before Raul Meireles saved the day with a silly individual goal.

So, yeah, that wasn't the best thing in the world, but I'll certainly take it. Community ratings form after the jump...

And since technical difficulties prevented me from getting the Aston Villa vs. Chelsea ratings out, here they are in non-formatted form:

  • Petr Cech: 7.2
  • Ashley Cole: 5.8
  • John Terry: 7.4
  • David Luiz: 6.4
  • Branislav Ivanovic: 8.6
  • Frank Lampard: 6.5
  • John Obi Mikel: 6.8
  • Salomon Kalou: 6.0
  • Juan Mata: 7.4
  • Daniel Sturridge: 7.3
  • Gary Cahill: 6.6
  • Ramires: 6.5
  • Florent Malouda: 5.3
  • Fernando Torres: 7.8
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