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CHELSEA 4 BARCELONA 2 Last 16, sec­ond leg, 2004-05

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The birth of two ri­val­ries – Chelsea vs Barcelona and Jose Mour­inho vs foot­ball. Af­ter a 2-1 first-leg de­feat at the Camp Nou in which Di­dier Drogba was sent off, Chelsea gaffer Mour­inho ac­cused Barça coun­ter­part Frank Ri­jkaard of en­ter­ing the ref­eree’s room dur­ing half-time for a cosy chat with An­ders Frisk. The Swede sub­se­quently re­ceived death threats and would soon quit the game. UEFA ref­er­ees’ com­mit­tee chair­man Volker Roth la­belled Mour­inho “the en­emy of foot­ball”.

Chelsea flew out of the blocks in the re­turn leg with Eidur Gud­johnsen, Frank Lam­pard and Damien Duff fir­ing Chelsea into a 3-0 ad­van­tage af­ter 20 min­utes. Ronald­inho halved the ag­gre­gate deficit from the spot 10 min­utes later, then pro­vided the most in­cred­i­ble mo­ment of the tie.

An­dres Ini­esta shifted the ball into the Brazil­ian’s path, then burst to­wards the box ex­pect­ing a re­turn pass. Ron­nie in­stead poked the ball with the out­side of his boot be­yond a jun­gle of play­ers into the bot­tom cor­ner. Chelsea now trailed on away goals, but a John Terry header sent the Blues through on a night which ended in chaos with Barça in­volved in a tun­nel scrap.

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