DROGBA ENSURES CHELSEA ADVANTAGE
Didier Drogba struck to secure Chelsea a remarkable 1-0 victory against Barcelona as the European champions failed to make their dominance count in Wednesday night's Champions League semi-final first leg at Stamford Bridge.
Drogba wasted two good opportunities to grab an early goal and Barca went on to dominate, with Alexis Sanchez hitting the bar and Cesc Fabregas seeing an effort cleared off the line shortly after the former Arsenal man missed a sitter deep inside the Chelsea box.
Then, in the second minute of first-half injury time Frank Lampard released Ramires down the wing and he crossed for Drogba, who slotted beyond Victor Valdes to give the Londoners the lead.
Sanchez again came close for the Spanish giants in the second half, but he inexplicably fired wide from close range.
It was a frustrating night for Barcelona, with star man Lionel Messi again failing to find the net against the Blues.
Cesc Fabregas was denied on his return to England as he had an effort cleared off the line, while in the last of three minutes added time, Pedro curled the ball onto the post and Busquets cleared the bar by 10 metres with the rebound.
Barca bossed the majority of the match but Chelsea defended valiantly and ended up taking a priceless lead to the Nou Camp for the second leg on April 25.
Chelsea captain John Terry paid tribute to Drogba after the match.
Terry told ITV: "We had to be very patient, I don't think we touched the ball for the first 15 minutes but from Didi on his own up front, the midfield and defence, it was a great team performance."
Terry continued: "Didi is all about these big nights, the big occasions. He put fear into the Spurs defence at the weekend and he did that again tonight.
"He was up there on his own against some of best defenders in world and he did it brilliantly."
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