PMB: Chelsea v Eintracht Frankfurt - history

With the help of club historian Rick Glanvill and club statistician Paul Dutton, we look back on some past European semi-final second legs...

We Have History

Europa League semi-final novices Frankfurt have never previously played at Stamford Bridge, and the two teams met last week for the first time in a match that mattered.

Only once previously have Chelsea been involved in a 1-1 first-leg scoreline away from home in the last four in Europe. That was against Liverpool in 2008, when Jon Arne Riise’s own-goal cancelled out Dirk Kuyt’s strike at Anfield.

The Norwegian’s error would prove vital over the tie. On a noisy, emotional, rain-soaked night at Stamford Bridge the Blues went into a first-half lead through Didier Drogba, latching onto a Salomon Kalou shot palmed away by Pepe Reina. The Ivorian, publicly criticised by Reds boss Rafael Benitez before the game, celebrated in front of the technical area.

The hosts lost their way after the break, however, and Fernando Torres swept home an equaliser to send the tie into extra-time. That was their first goal at the Bridge in 841 minutes.

The Blues dominated the additional half-hour. Michael Essien had had a goal dubiously ruled out for offside before Sami Hyypia fouled Michael Ballack in the area. An almost audible gasp arose when supporters realised Frank Lampard would assume his normal penalty duties – just six days after the death of his mother, Pat.

He lashed past Reina, sank to his knees and was mobbed by team-mates, then momentarily engulfed in grief. It was one of the most extraordinary moments ever witnessed at the old stadium.

Soon after, Drogba seemed to make certain of the win, converting Nicolas Anelka’s pass, but Ryan Babel’s speculative effort produced an edgy finish. The game finished 3-2, 4-3 on aggregate, and the Londoners had reached the Champions League final for the first time.


Needing a win at home to clinch the Premier League title on Sunday 9 May 2010, Carlo Ancelotti’s Chelsea thrashed Wigan 8-0, Didier Drogba’s hat-trick also securing him the Premier League Golden Boot.

First leg line-ups

Commerzbank-Arena, 02.05.19, 8pm

Eintracht Frankfurt (3-1-4-1-1): Trapp; Abraham (c), Hinteregger, Falette; Hasebe; Da Costa, Fernandes (Pacienca 72), Rode, Kostic; Gacinovic (Willems 90+1); Jovic.
Unused subs: Ronnow, Ndicka, De Guzman, Torro, Chandler.
Head coach: Adi Hutter
Booked: Hasebe 57, Fernandes 60
Scorer: Jovic 23

Chelsea (4-3-3) Arrizabalaga; Azpilicueta (c), Christensen, David Luiz, Emerson; Kante, Jorginho, Loftus-Cheek (Kovacic 82); Pedro, Giroud, Willian (Hazard 61).
Unused subs: Caballero, Zappacosta, Alonso, Barkley, Higuain.
Head coach: Maurizio Sarri
Booked: Christensen 19
Scorer: Pedro 45

Referee: Carlos Del Cerro Grande (Spain)
Attendance: 48,000

Chelsea’s biggest home win in Europe

29/09/1971 Chelsea 13-0 Jeunesse Hautcharage Cup Winners’ Cup 1st rd 2nd leg

Eintracht Frankfurt’s biggest away win in Europe

14/09/1993 Dynamo Moscow 0-6 Frankfurt UEFA Cup 1st round 1st leg

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