Spain’s Atletico Madrid on Wednesday night crashed English side Chelsea FC out of the ongoing Champions League competition after a 3-1 Victory at the Stamford Bridge in their second league CL final game.
Fernando Torres powered in a shot which went past Courtois with the help of a small deflection off of Miranda’s boot in the 36th minute to put the home team ahead. Only few minutes afterwards, Atletico Madrid’s Adrian Lopez hit the back of the net in what could be described as the crucial away goal for his side before the end of the first half.
Jose Mourinho’s side needed to score to reach the Lisbon final but it was the Spaniards who struck again, Diego Costa putting them in front from the penalty spot before the excellent Arda Turan added a third with 18 minutes remaining.
At the final whistle, the visitors danced in front of their fans as John Terry stood in the centre circle and shed tears. It is the first time Atletico have reached a European Cup final since 1972 – and their meeting with Real will be the first time two clubs from the same city have ever contested the final.
For Mourinho and Chelsea, this had been an opportunity to exorcise the spirits of semi-finals past, not create more. To “ghost” goals, penalty shootouts, high-profile rows with Norwegian referees, add this painful defeat.
Mourinho had reached this stage of the competition in each of the past five seasons, but in that time has only managed to reach the final in 2010, when he won it with Inter Milan.
The script appeared to have been written for the Portuguese to return to Lisbon to face Real Madrid, the club he left amid accusations of failure.
Atletico had other ideas and a fairytale of their own to write. Central to their victory was the performance of their goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, on loan from Chelsea. During a frantic second half, he denied Terry and David Luiz just as it seemed Chelsea might find a way back into the tie.
There had been early warning signs for Chelsea, even though for much of the opening 40 minutes they had looked in total control.