With one man off on today’s match, Chelsea was able to recover from 2-1 down and strike their opponent a hard 2-2 in an unbelievable Champions League semifinal at the Camp Nou on Tuesday.
The match saw Chelsea wake up with a thin 1-0 from the first leg and things turned cloudy when John Terry was kicked out for violent conduct in the 37th minute and Andres Iniesta placed Barca on high by turning the scores to 2-1 against Chelsea.
If Messi had scored with his penalty, for example, the second half would have taken on a far different complexion, but his shot cannoned off the crossbar and Drogba’s trip on Cesc Fábregas went unpunished
Chelsea will play either Real Madrid or Bayern Munich in the May 19 final at Bayern’s Allianz Arena. They will have to do without Terry, Branislav Ivanovic, Ramires and Raul Meireles, who will all be suspended, but that was at the back of the players’ minds as they celebrated one of the club’s greatest wins.
Guardian.co.uk and CNN contributed to this piece.