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Chelsea, Madrid hit Champions League semis


Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea pulled the chestnut out of the fire to qualify for the semi-finals of the UEFA Champions League after overcoming a 3-1 first leg deficit to beat PSG 2-0 at Stamford Bridge to progress on a 3-2 aggregate.

Also through after Tuesday night’s first round of quarter-final games, is Real Madrid, which lost 2-0 to Borussia Dortmund in Germany but scrapped through courtesy of the 3-0 they won at home.

Demba Ba was the hero for the Blues striking three minutes from time to send Chelsea fans into rapture.

Trailing Paris St-Germain 3-1 from the first leg, substitute Andre Schurrle halved the deficit when he produced a neat first-half finish, reports the BBC.

But when Schurrle and Oscar hit the bar straight after the interval, it seemed Chelsea would fall short.

Chelsea were not to be denied and Ba stabbed home to send Mourinho’s side into the last four.

And in the second quarter-final game, Real Madrid held off a determined fight-back by Borussia Dortmund to secure their place in the semi-finals of the Champions League.

Real won the first leg 3-0 and should have put the tie beyond doubt but Angel Di Maria’s early penalty was saved.

From then on, the hosts took control as Marco Reus rounded Iker Casillar to put them ahead on the night.

Reus then rifled in from close range and although Henrikh Mkhitaryan hit the post, Real held on to progress.

Wednesday night sees the final quarter-final ties, with the big one taking place in Germany where champions, Bayern Munich host Manchester United with the game finely balanced at 1-1, which is the same scoreline Barcelona and

Atletico Madrid take into their own quarter-final second leg tie in Madrid.


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