UEFA Europa League: 2013

A superb Branislav Ivanovic header right at the death saw the Blues overcome Benfica in Amsterdam to win the Europa League.

We'd taken the lead on the hour when Fernando Torres raced on to a Juan Mata pass, rounded Benfica goalkeeper Artur and finished from a tight angle.

The Portuguese side, however, responded almost immediately and were back on level terms just eight minutes later when Oscar Cardozo converted from the penalty spot.

As the game entered the third minute of added time, and with the contest seemingly heading for an extra 30 minutes, Mata swung a corner to the far post, where it was met by Ivanovic, who climbed highest and expertly dispatched his header to spark jubilant scenes.

En route to the final we had successfully overcome both Sparta Prague and Steaua Bucharest - 2-1 and 3-2 on aggregate respectively - before we beat Rubin Kazan 5-4 on aggregate to book our place in the last four.

Swiss outfit Basel, who had already eliminated Tottenham, stood between us and a place in the final, but we secured the upper hand in the tie with a 2-1 away win in the first leg, with David Luiz firing home a free-kick to win it late on.

Back at Stamford Bridge, Mohamed Salah gave the visitors the lead, but two goals in the space of as many minutes, from Fernando Torres and Victor Moses, put us back in control, allowing David Luiz to put the seal on the victory with a truly magnificent long-distance strike.

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