CHELSEA IN THE FINALS!
Still mourning his mom, Frank Lampard helped Chelsea edge Liverpool 3-2 in extra time to reach the Champions League final.
Frank Lampard converted the penalty kick that put Chelsea ahead to stay, then ran to a corner flag and kneeled. The 29-year-old midfielder took off his black armband, looked to the sky and kissed it. Returning to the team following the death of his mother, he helped put the Blues in the European Champions League final for the first time.
Lampard scored eight minutes into overtime to help Chelsea defeat Liverpool 3-2 Wednesday night and win the home-and-home semifinal on 4-3 aggregate. The Blues meet Manchester United at Moscow on May 21 in the first all-English final in the competition’s 52-year history.Drogba had put Chelsea ahead 1-0 in the 33rd minute, beating Pepe Reina after the goalkeeper dived to parry Solomon Kalou’s shot. In a match played in a downpour, Fernando Torres tied the score in the 64th after Yossi Benayoun cut across the field and fed Torres, ending a streak of 840 consecutive scoreless minutes for Liverpool at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea and Manchester United also are tied atop the English Premier League at 81 points with two matches remaining, but Manchester United is ahead on goal difference, the first tiebreaker. Manchester United and Chelsea won their home games against each other in the Premier League this season and tied 1-1 at Wembley in the Community Shield. Lampard’s penalty came three minutes after Chelsea’s Michael Essien put the ball in the net. The goal was disallowed, apparently for offside, after the stadium scoreboard had given the goal to Chelsea and UEFA had changed the score on its Web site.
No London club has ever won the Champions League. Manchester United, which beat Barcelona 1-0 Tuesday to reach the final, won the competition in 1968 and 1999. But this year round, things are different. Because as of now, I know whose going to be TRIUMPHANT right 'till the end.
YOU GO BLUES !