Blues crash out of the Champions League.
The Champions League dream is over for another year for Chelsea after Atletico Madrid beat them 1-3 at Stamford Bridge in the semi-final second-leg.
Despite Fernando Torres putting the hosts up in the first-half, strikes from Adrian Lopez, Diego Costa and Arda Turan put the Spaniards into their first final in this competition.
It is 30 years since Atletico last made the semis and a showdown with city rivals Real Madrid on May 24 is great reward for head coach Diego Simeone and his team.
As for the Blues and their boss Jose Mourinho, it is European heartbreak once more at this stage and their manager won’t have the opportunity to lift the trophy with a record third different club.
It all started so well for the west Londoners as well after persistence from Willian down the right flank saw the ball fall to Cesar Azpilicueta and the Spain international acted quickly.
His sharp, low cross found Torres to net a deflected effort against his boyhood club – and the 30-year-old didn’t celebrate as a result.
The home team nearly held onto half-time, but as it was in the 44th minute Atleti took the advantage as Adrian scuffed in a shot to give the advantage to the visitors on away goals.
With Mourinho’s men needing a goal of their own Samuel Eto’o was sent on, but the Cameroon international was at the wrong end and brought down Costa for a penalty – which the 25-year-old duly scored for his 36th strike of the season.
Then Turan did well 12 minutes later to win a header at the far post to send Atletico to their first ever final and Chelsea to think about what went wrong.
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