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Shaking off the sting – Chelsea’s painless defeats in Europe

Chelsea may have been beaten by a late goal against Porto in the Champions League on Tuesday but not for the first time, there was more joy than disappointment to be felt by the Blues at losing a European quarter-final game.

Mehdi Teremi’s spectacular overhead strike deep into stoppage time gave the Portuguese side their first-ever ‘away’ victory over Chelsea in the Champions League and ended our nine-game unbeaten record in this season’s competition.

However, it was not enough to overcome our 2-0 lead from the first leg and when the final whistle went in Seville soon afterwards, the sting of defeat on the night was quickly forgotten by everyone backing the Blues as we celebrated passage to the last four for the first time since 2014.

It is the third time Chelsea have advanced on the European stage despite losing the second leg of a quarter-final tie.

The first instance was in the Champions League in 2005 when we travelled to Germany to face Bayern Munich after a 4-2 victory over the Bundesliga giants at Stamford Bridge.

A deflected effort by Frank Lampard gave Chelsea the lead after half an hour and although Claudio Pizzaro levelled for the Bavarians in the 65th minute, Didier Drogba headed in an excellent cross by Joe Cole to give us a three-goal aggregate advantage with 10 minutes left.

Bayern intensified their pressure in the closing minutes with Paolo Guerrero netting in the final minute and Mehmet Scholl scoring deep into stoppage time to put them 3-2 up on the night.

However, there was no time to complete their comeback as the final whistle went shortly after the Blues restarted the game to signal a 6-5 aggregate triumph in the last Champions League game played at the Olympiastadion.

Eight years later, we came up against Rubin Kazan in the last eight of the Europa League and beat the Russian side 3-1 at the Bridge before a tense return match in Moscow.

With Rubin’s home ground deemed unsuitable for use by UEFA, the match was played at the Luzhniki Stadium and we didn’t take long to extend our advantage as Fernando Torres, who scored twice in the first leg, latched on to Frank Lampard’s long lofted pass and sent a well-weighted 30-yard lob past the advancing keeper and into the unguarded net after only five minutes.

Ivan Marcano pulled one back for Rubin with a 51st minute header but after exchanging passes with Ramires, Victor Moses fired home four minutes later to leave out hosts needing four goals to turn around the tie.

They certainly gave it a go with Gokdeniz Karadeniz heading in just after the hour and Bebras Natkho converting a penalty in the 75th minute to narrow the deficit, but the Blues hung on in the closing minutes to book our place in the semi-finals as we went on to win the competition for the first time.

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