Champions League: Demba Ba fires Chelsea to semis, Real Madrid edge Borussia Dortmund
Demba Ba was the hero as Chelsea advanced to the Champions League semi-finals at Paris Saint-Germain's expense, while Real Madrid also progressed on Tuesday despite a second-leg defeat to Borussia Dortmund.
Demba Ba scored in the 87th minute to give Chelsea a last-gasp 2-0 win at home to Paris Saint-Germain that swept them into the Champions League semi-finals. (All AFP images)
Trailing 3-1 from last week's quarter-final first leg in Paris, Chelsea trimmed PSG's aggregate advantage through a 32nd-minute goal by Andre Schuerrle.
Chelsea's early momentum was interrupted by an injury to Eden Hazard that forced him off in the 18th minute. He could be sidelined for two weeks after injuring his calf during Chelsea's 2-0 Champions League win over Paris Saint-Germain.
Demba Ba's goal preserved Jose Mourinho's 100 percent record in European quarter-finals and his glee was evident as he sprinted down the touchline in a manner reminiscent of his celebration when FC Porto eliminated Manchester United in 2004.
Borussia Dortmund exited the Champions League with their heads held high, beating Real Madrid 2-0 in Tuesday's quarter-final second leg but losing the tie 3-2 on aggregate. After Real's Angel Di Maria had an early penalty saved, Marco Reus breathed life into Borussia's semi-final dreams with two goals in an electric opening 45 minutes.
Real Madrid had some late chances but failed to find the net for the first time after a record run of 34 Champions League matches with at least one goal scored.
Captain Iker Casillas said Real Madrid were given a Champions League wake-up call as they lost 2-0 to last season's beaten finalists Borussia Dortmund in their quarter-final second leg match but still went through to the last four 3-2 on aggregate.