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Iniesta breaks Chelsea hearts, sends Barcelona through
Barcelona snatched a place in the Champions League final, and left Chelsea players furious, when a last-gasp goal from Andres Iniesta earned them a 1-1 draw in their semi-final second leg and victory on away goals.
Barcelona will play holders Manchester United in the Rome final on May 27 after a stunning reversal of fortunes in the semi-final second leg.
But are Chelsea right to complain that bad refereeing cost them victory?
The Londoners might have had four penalties — one for a foul on Malouda that looked inside the box, one for a tug on Drogba’s shirt, a third for Pique’s handball and finally another handball from Eto’o, charging down a fierce shot from Michael Ballack.
We’re left with the final most neutrals would probably have wished for … but Barcelona needed every ounce of their self-belief, and no little luck, to take their place in it.
Can they stop this irresistible looking United team?
PHOTO: Chelsea’s Frank Lampard (L) reacts as John Terry looks on after Barcelona’s Andres Iniesta scored the decisive late goal during their Champions League second leg semi-final soccer match at Stamford Bridge in London May 6, 2009. REUTERS/Eddie Keogh