Champions League: Chelsea 1 – 3 Atlético

Atlético reach Champions League final after legendary victory at Stamford Bridge

Arda turan atletico chelsea

Arda's roar silences Stamford Bridge

In the most exciting and convincing of ways, Atlético Madrid have qualified for the final of the UEFA Champions League.

The final, against neighbours Real Madrid, will be played on May 24 in Lisbon.

From the start Atlético showed intent as they put pressure on Chelsea’s defence early on, which lead to Koke hitting the crossbar as his cross from the wing nearly sailed in.

But after half an hour of play Chelsea took the lead when Willian easily got rid of Diego Godín and Filipe on the wing. The ball was picked up by Azpilicueta, who reached fellow Spaniard Fernando Torres. The Atleti icon hit a low shot from close range straight at Courtois, but the ball took a deflection and went in through the legs of Mario Suárez. Even at his new home, El Niño decided not to celebrate as he scored against his former team.

For Courtois it was only the second goal he conceded in all of April, but in the second half the Chelsea loanee would prove his talent to the crowd he’d never played before prior to the game.

Despite the unfortunate goal, Mario Suárez did an excellent job replacing the suspended Gabi, alongside Tiago Mendes. The latter was the best player on the pitch on Wednesday night as he dominated the midfield and contributed by setting up two goals against one of his former employers. One minute before half time Tiago sent a ball over the defence to Juanfran, who squared the ball across goal. With no Chelsea defenders getting a touch on it, the cross ended up with Adrián who scored only his third goal of the season, but possibly the most important one of his career.

With a 1-1 tie Atleti would be through on away goals, but instead of sitting back the Rojiblancos showed they had come to London to win. Right after the break Koke crossed to Arda Turan, who was denied by 41-year old Mark Schwarzer. At the other end Thibaut Courtois pulled off an amazing save to block John Terry’s header.

Needing a goal, José Mourinho decided to take off one of his six natural defenders for Samuel Eto’o, but the substitution backfired because the Cameroonian brought down Diego Costa inside Chelsea’s box a few minutes later. Costa himself stepped up and, despite his recent struggles from the spot, convincingly beat Schwarzer with a well taken penalty.

The goal meant Chelsea required two more goals and the Blues were visibly shocked by the setback. From that point on it was all Atleti as the visitors created several chances to score more goals. They did so in the 72nd minute when Tiago again reached Juanfran with a pinpoint pass and this time the right back crossed for Arda Turan, who scored his rebound after first heading against the crossbar.

With the result beyond doubt, Atlético created more opportunities to increase the lead to three or four goals, but Filipe Luís & co were wasteful. It should be mentioned that at 2-1 down, Chelsea had created a huge chance to tie the game up again, but they hit the post before Tibu Courtois was somehow able to tip the ball just over the crossbar in a wild reflex.

In the final minute of the game Courtois pulled off another incredible save to deny Eden Hazard, while John Terry fired wide in the rebound. Courtois, like every other Atlético player out there, showed his talent and conviction on the night as his team qualified for its first Champions League final in 40 years.

A Lisboa!

Chelsea Atlético
Chelsea 13 Atlético
Torres 36'Adrián 44'
 Diego Costa (p.k.) 60'
 Arda 72'
Competition UEFA Champions League
Location Stamford Bridge
Date 30 April 2014
Kick Off 20:45 CET

Team Lineups

Cole (54')
Willian (78')
Torres (67')
Substitutes used
Eto'o (54')
Ba (67')
Schürrle (78')
Arda (83')
Adrián (66')
Diego Costa (76')
Substitutes used
Raúl García (66')
Sosa (76')
C. Rodríguez (83')

Match Stats

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Yellow Cards
Red Cards
  • Amr Misir Mukadaffi

    Abrhamovic had pumped 2 miliard in Chelsea, very good players, and this is how they play, extremly devensive at their own home. What a embarassement. The Primera Division title is 75% for us.. And the CL title 40%

  • Yon


    How do I get tickets to the final that cost 6 billion?

  • Colchonero in SF

    To hell with Luiz Feliipe Scolari who hate Atleti. NOW WILL YOU BRING FILIIPE LUIS AND MIRANDA TO THE WORLD CUP? Half of the best back line in all of WORLD FOOTALL.


  • Arjit

    This is incredible! we are in the FINALS of the champions league! Couldn’t have imagined that this time last year. WOW…I mean I was overjoyed with the victory and performance but it all came together when I stepped back and realized how far we have come…


  • kris

    It’s extraordinary that our supporters make more noise at the Bridge than the Chelsea fans. These great Atleti fans deserve a load of respect for being the 12th man of the team and carrying the team wherever they are. Thank you. Thank you.

  • kris

    One more thing I’d like to point out is that Tiago is a fooking genius. He “made” that third goal happen. Before that switch up play, he knew exactly what he was doing, before that play started he passed the ball to Mario who passed it to Koke, when that was happening Tiago was waving at Juanfran to run up and wait to open up some space on that right side. And when nobody was expecting it, he saw Juanfran’s run and placed it right at where he was going before Juanfran crossed it up to Arda. No doubt, Tiago has had his best performances this season.

  • Will

    Tiago is a monster in the big matches. Glad to have him in the team.
    But I would like to understand what Simeone and Adrian are feeling right now.
    It’s probably unwritten. 🙂

    The passion Arda shows is also infectious. I would start supporting Atleti only watching Arda celebrating his goals.

  • jeronamo

    Besides the goal i wasn’t that happy with Adrian but i’m glad he scored

  • MR

    incredible play, amazing mentality, unbelievable night
    the way the team reacted to getting behind was amazing, even I could feel their calmness and confidence at home, fantastic mentality. they had no doubt about their win at all.
    after the 2 legs we can conclude that we got the more talented team, the better morale and teamwork. our left back would be their most skillful star player…
    chelsea players in the last 20 minutes seemed to have a really good time watching our passing and skills from so close.
    now we have to get ready for levante, the other most important match of the week…
    Vamos Atleti

  • Brad

    I think playing Adrian was a smart move. Villa has been down recently and not starting him kept him fresh to start against Levante where he might have some luck

  • layibiyi

    Congratulations my Atletico brethren. I’m so proud of you guys!

  • Nick Poskitt

    What an unbelievable night! My voice is so hoarse this morning – glad I got to see everyone at the stadium!

    On to Lisbon!

  • x

    Diego costa was not at his best performance yesterday , he almost got lost in the chelsea defense , Adrian was good and Arda’s third goal was awesome.

  • rockefeller

    I genuinely felt that we have the best fullbacks in the world! Is anyone suspended for the final? I hope not!

    Anyway, what do you guys think of Adrian now? Should we keep him?

  • Jeronamo

    Nope.. I just hope we can get more money for him now. I still think we can have better back ups than him

  • Farzad from Iran

    yea this is our atletico we will win against real ,,too and get champions leage

  • doug-fulham fan

    Oh YES. What a result. Well done.
    Posted here last week saying that I wished you luck against the Chelsea boys, our most local rivals.
    Well now you made it and so deserved. Good luck in the final.
    I think a lot of my fellow Fulham supporters now have you as their second team.
    I want to get to Madrid for a weekend next season and try and get to a game, so who would
    you suggest. I know Real and Barcelona would not be tickets available so which other team
    do you love to beat at home ??????

  • piserakos

    Only 17.000 tickets for the final… Imposible to find one 🙁
    What a night?? I’ve spend it all celebrating! Aupa Atleti! Muchos Gracias por todos! We are Atlético de Madrid and we are going to will CL!!! VAMOS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Newcomer

    I just have a doubt, what will happen if Atletico can complete the double whether atletico can keep Costa n co(likes of Arda and Koke).

  • palestine-atletico

    If we win the double we will be an attractive team for players not a team where players wish to leave.
    So i think winning trophies is crucial to keep the best players amd to attract good ones.

  • Kris

    Doug, we love beating Sevilla..

  • 519 Atleti

    Holding my breath the whole time, crushed my heart when Torres scored. Thank you Adrian, I always have love and hope in all your continuing contribution, it is unfortunate that the red and white colours haven’t helped you prevailed in recent, I always wish you the best similar to how I currently feel with Torres, however I will hold my opinion on transfers and the future until the summer window comes.

    Still sustaining a big smile. Gob well done, onto the next one!

  • valinia

    I was jumping n messing around the house after the 3rd goal scored by arda, n everytime i think of their celebration i cant stop smiling.. No matter what tge result will be, this season has been fabulous n surely one to rmb. Now we shud focus on the final vs levante. Vamos Atleti!

  • valinia

    N im so glad tht no one is suspended in the final while alonsos gonna miss it.. Cmon atleti we can do it!

  • doug-fulham fan

    thanks kris,will have to look out for it easy to get ticket on the day

  • kris

    I can’t help you with that Doug, sorry. I haven’t been at the Calderon since I was 11, so I know nothing about how it is there now…. You should try asking Martin…

  • Gert


    you can buy tickets in beforehand on the internet and pick them up at the stadium showing your credit card you bought it with.
    Sevilla should be a great game. Also, Athletic or Villarreal are mostly attractive games as well!


  • Metju

    Gert, where find beforehand ticket? any specific websites?

  • gechicean

    @doug, metju
    I don’t live in Spain, but I bought my atletico vs real ticket last season from . It was by far the best price, because other sites selling tickets seem to get pretty thick-skinned with their added taxes.
    So proud right now, I have no words. Let’s finish this in style, make that gaynaldo bitch cry twice. All those years of misery would be just wiped away. Daydreaming

  • Siddharth

    Madrid es blanco