Last Updated at 9:39 pm, April 4th 2012
It's all over and Chelsea have booked a Champions League semi-final meeting with Barcelona after their 2-1 victory over Benfica tonight sealed a 3-1 aggregate triumph. However, the Blues made hard work of this encounter and will certainly need to improve dramatically if they're to shock the tournament favourites and reach the final at the Allianz Arena.
GOAL MEIRELES - Chelsea attack on the counter from the Benfica free kick with Meireles, who charges forward towards the box before blasting an unstoppable shot into the net!
Chelsea run down the clock by bringing on Didier Drogba to replace Torres.
GOAL GARCIA - Garcia is completely unmarked from Witsel's corner and powers his header into the net from close range. To say that was awful defending is an understatement.
Before the free kick can be taken, Mata is replaced by Raul Meireles.
Rodrigo embarks on a little run towards the box before being tripped by Mikel. The Chelsea midfielder is subsequently booked.
Rodrigo is introduced into the action as he replaces Cesar.
Terry is applauded by the fans as he leaves the field to be replaced by Gary Cahill.
Benfica make a change, with Cardozo replaced by Nelson Oliveira.
Larry Tampkins is frustrated with his flight delay at Gatwick, but on the flip side he says: "My airline have messed up enough to allow me to follow the whole of the first half! Come on Chelsea!"
Miha Jurgec writes from Maribor: "Mark my words, Chelsea are going to give Barcelona a lot of trouble! Cruising tonight without much to worry about. Perfect job by the ref so far, he's Slovenian of course!"
Sky Bet now make Chelsea 1/12 to win this second leg in their 90 minutes betting while Benfica are out to 33/1, with the draw priced at 8/1. You won't be too surprised to see the Blues as short as 1/250 to qualify, with Benfica 25s. Head now to www.skybet.com to place your bets on their wide range of live in-play markets.
The half-time whistle sounds and Chelsea go into the break leading 10-man Benfica 1-0 on the night and 2-0 on aggregate.
Ramires is the latest player to be booked for a foul on Cesar.
Pereira receives a second yellow card for a late lunge on Mikel in midfield and he really can't have any complaints.
Aimar receives the yellow card for protesting to the referee that Lampard should be booked for a foul.
GOAL LAMPARD - Benfica goalkeeper Artur guesses the correct way as he goes down low to his right but Lampard's shot sneaks under him and into the net.
Maxi Pereira and Cesar are both booked for arguing with the referee. Cesar will miss the next match if they progress.
Chelsea have a penalty after Cole is bundled to the ground by Javi Garcia. This is a golden opportunity for the Blues to extend their aggregate advantage. Can they take it?
Cardozo is shown the yellow card after a poor challenge on Luiz.
Shammaar Bubb writes: "I'm a Chelsea fan and would love a Chelsea win tonight as they are high in confidence. However, being realistic it is only a 1 goal difference at the moment and Benfica will literally be giving it ALL they've got so I'm going for a 2-2 draw tonight."
Kanishk Sharma says: "Hoping to see a strong performance from the back four. Ashley Cole needs to step up his game as he has been slipping quiet a bit lately. No drama, just a solid 1-0 win would do for us. Go Blues!!"
Kriss Lawley says: "Hope that Torres scores tonight and finally finds his true form. Especially with how he has been performing in the last few games."
Mbajah Obogeh says: "Di Matteo deserves a thumbs up for the good job he's done. Chelsea will go through but not easily. This game will be decided in extra time. Benfica are coming to win watch their midfield."
Declan Warde says: "Great to see Torres start in a very attack minded team. Di Matteo certainly isn't content with a 1-0 lead and I don't blame him. 2-1 to Chelsea with Mata and Torres both to score!"
Asad Mahmood says: "Seeing how Chelsea have improved emphatically I feel that they deserve victory tonight and that they should progress through to the semi-finals. 2-0 Chelsea, Torres to score both."
Brian writes: "Looking for a tougher match then expected. Chelsea will still pull through tonight 2-1 with Torres maintaining his resurgence with another goal!"
Feezo Robinson writes: "Chelsea should be confident after their 1-0 from the Estadio da Luz so they should hold out to beat Benfica. But Benfica to have players to watch like Cardozo, Aimar, Witsel and Gaitan. Prediction: 2-1 Torres, Mata, Cardozo."
Hasan Moosa writes: "I'm predicting a 2-2 draw to and for Chelsea to progress. Gaitan and Cardozo will open the scoring before Torres and another late Ivanovic goal will make Stamford Bridge erupt-before they then (hopefully) get knocked out to Barcelona. Come on Benfica-even though Chelsea will probably go through."
Lee Parsons writes: "Would love to see Torres start and score, I'm going for 2-0 to Chelsea to set up a semi-final with Barca!"
Sky Bet make Chelsea 4/6 favourites to win in their 90 minutes betting while Benfica are 4/1, with the draw priced at 14/5. The Blues are hot favourites at 1/7 to qualify for the semi-finals but if you think a shock is on the cards then you can back Benfica at 4/1 to progress. Fernando Torres is 9/2 to score the first goal while Benfica's Oscar Cardozo is 7/1. Head now to www.skybet.com to place your bets.
Sam Thornton writes: "Chelsea to win 2-0 Kalou to score first then Torres come on You Chelsea! They have made such good progress since di Matteo took over as caretaker he totally deserves the full time job."
Amin Khan says: "After a tough and quite dreary season, Chelsea definitely deserve to go through to the semi-finals as they've improved so well since Di Matteo took the caretaker role. But they'll have to play their best of the season against not only Benfica tonight but against Barcelona if they do go on to face them."
Stuart Elgar writes: "I think it will be a Chelsea win tonight, 3-0 mata scoring first and Torres scoring last. It is kind of hope to as returns of £300+ not bad from a £5 stake eh?" Not bad at all!
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