In the second leg of the Uefa Champions League quarter-final showdown between Chelsea and Paris Saint Germain, it was Jose Mourinho’s men who emerged victorious on away goals after a 3 – 3 aggregate score. The Blues fought back from a first leg deficit to win the second leg 2 – 0. An injury to Chelsea star player, Eden Hazard, meant Mourinho had to find an effective replacement.
Andre Schurrle was appointed to the task and within no time his manager’s faith in him was repaid handsomely as he found the back of the net in the first half. David Luiz’s head was on hand to serve Schurrle’s boot with the ball from a long throw and the Chelsea man made no mistake in front of goal. PSG was not displaying the same ruthlessness that saw them exceed expectations just last week in Paris and were giving the home side far too much respect as Oscar and Schurrle’s efforts were only kept out by the goal post itself.
In their defence, the French outfit had the unfortunate fate of not being able to play talisman forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who had suffered an injury in the first leg of this contest. PSG’s Edinson Cavani may have gone back to Paris with a heavy head when he wasted a once in a lifetime opportunity that would have seen his side advance to the next stage of this competition. One man’s misery is another man’s joy as it turns out. With time running out and the woodwork seemingly a 12th player for Laurent Blanc’s side, Blues substitute Demba Ba elated and illuminated Jose Mourinho and the rest of Stamford Bridge with a strike three minutes from time.
The Senegalese striker found himself at the end of a Cesar Azpilicueta ricochet and instinctively guided the ball past Salvatore Sirigu to send Chelsea into the Champions League semi-finals.