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Drama at the end - Chelsea’s late Champions League winners

Olivier Giroud’s stoppage-time strike at Rennes on Tuesday continued Chelsea’s knack for netting dramatic late winning goals in the Champions League.

Here is a look at some of the other Blues whom our French striker emulated when he nodded in his timely late goal in Brittany...

Wayne Bridge vs Arsenal, April 2004

The Blues had not won at Highbury for six years when we faced the Gunners in the Champions League quarter-finals in 2003/04. However, after Frank Lampard had cancelled out Jose Antonio Reyes’ opener for the hosts, Wayne Bridge charged down the left channel three minutes from time and exchanged a one-two with Eidur Gudjohnsen before tucking the ball into the bottom corner to secure a 2-1 victory and a spot in the last four.

Michael Essien vs Valencia, April 2007

Michael Essien’s 90th-minute strike against Valencia at the Mestalla ensured the Blues recorded another dramatic away victory in the quarter-finals in 2006/07. With the match deadlocked at 1-1 and seemingly heading for extra-time, the Ghanaian received the ball from Andriy Shevchenko on the right flank and drove into the box before firing a low angled effort which found the narrow gap between goalkeeper Santiago Canizares and his right post.

Victor Moses vs Shakhtar Donetsk, November 2012

A last-ditch effort by Victor Moses settled a pulsating group stage encounter against Shakhtar Donetsk at Stamford Bridge in 2012/13. Future Blues winger Willian scored twice for the Ukrainian side to cancel out goals by Fernando Torres but in the fourth and final minute of stoppage time, Juan Mata’s corner from the right was met by Moses, who turned the ball in with a thumping header to give us a 3-2 victory.

Demba Ba vs Paris Saint-Germain, April 2014

With Chelsea needing a goal to turn around a 3-1 aggregate deficit against Paris Saint-Germain in the 2013/14 quarter-finals, Demba Ba came off the bench to produce the late heroics. Andre Schurrle had pulled one back in the first half and the Blues’ intense pressure was finally rewarded two minutes from time when Cesar Azpilicueta’s shot was deflected towards the six-yard box where the Senegal striker was on hand to turn the ball in and send us to through to the semi-finals on away goals.

Michy Batshuayi vs Atletico Madrid, September 2017 & Ajax, November 2019

Michy Batshuayi has netted not one but two late winners for the Blues in Europe’s premier club competition. In the 2017/18 group stage, the Belgian was in the right place to fire in Marcos Alonso’s low cross in the fourth minute of stoppage time to seal a 2-1 win at Atletico Madrid. Two years later, he found himself in a similar position when he received a pass from Christian Pulisic at Ajax in the 86th minute and rifled the ball home for the only goal of the game.

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