There was drama in the Champions League last night at Stamford Bridge, when Chelsea came back to win the second leg quarter-final tie against PSG 2-0, after losing the first leg 3-1 in Paris last week, and Jose Mourinho’s team dramatically went through to the semi-finals of the Champions League.
Demba Ba’s on the bottom there somewhere
And is was two former Newcastle players – Demba Ba and Yohan Cabaye – who were introduced as substitutes in the second half, and it was Ba who got the dramatic late winner, scoring in the 87th minute and maintaining Jose Mourinho’s record of never having lost a quarter-final in the Champions League.
Ba and Cabaye joined Newcastle in the summer of 2011, and helped Newcastle go on to finish 5th in the Premier League in the next season, and we may have done even better if we hadn’t lost three of our last four games.
Demba Ba lasted eighteen months before he joined Chelsea fifteen months ago, and Yohan lasted a year longer when he joined PSG in January.
But neither player is a starter at their new clubs, and that was the case last night too.
Chelsea lost their best player den Hazard after 18 minutes with injury, and German Andre Schürrle came on and got a goal back for Chelsea after 32 minutes,
But in the second half Chelsea hit the post twice but couldn’t get that vital second goal, and Yohan Cabaye was brought on by PSG manager Laurent Blanc after 55 minutes, to steady the PSG midfield.
Demba Ba after scoring
Demba Ba was brought on after 66 minutes for Frank Lampard, and with time running out and just three minutes of the game to go, Demba Ba scored Chelsea’s important second goal – and off went Jose Mourinho racing down the touchline in celebration.
Before last night only two sides had overturned two goal deficits in a similar Champions League tie – Barcelona overcoming Chelsea in 2000, and Chelsea themselves beating Napoli two years ago – and Chelsea have now done it for a second time.
PSG and Yohan Cabaye had hoped that Paris club could become the second French club ever to win the Champions League (European Cup), after Marseilles had achieved that back in 1993 when they beat Milan 1-0.
Maybe PSG need to spend a bit more money to achieve that?
But last night it wasn’t to be, and it was Demba Ba who sensationally got the crucial late goal and Cabaye was gutted by his former Newcastle team-mate.