Chelsea F.C. live to fight on in Champions League courtesy Demba Ba

Apr 09 2014, 16:58 IST
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Chelsea FC's Jose Mourinho celebrates after Demba Ba scores goal in Champions League quarterfinal. AP Chelsea FC's Jose Mourinho celebrates after Demba Ba scores goal in Champions League quarterfinal. AP
SummaryA week after bemoaning his lack of lethal strikers, Chelsea F.C. coach Jose Mourinho had all three of them on the pitch

A week after bemoaning his lack of lethal strikers, Chelsea F.C. coach Jose Mourinho had all three of them on the pitch at the end of their 2-0 win over Paris St Germain with the least celebrated of the trio emerging as the ultimate hero.

Samuel Eto'o, Fernando Torres and Demba Ba had only scored 23 goals between them in 48 matches in all competitions this season before Tuesday's Champions League quarter-final second leg ended with Ba's late strike putting Chelsea F.C. in the semi-finals for the seventh time in 11 seasons.

"I wasn't out for revenge," said Ba, referring to Jose Mourinho's comments of last week when he said he had "no real strikers."

He continued: "Maybe he (Mourinho) doesn't have the strikers he likes but I know that we have three great strikers and I think a lot of clubs would like to have them.

"I'm happy to have liberated us. I haven't been given much of chance this season, but I've taken this one."

Ba, the only Parisien on the pitch and a boyhood PSG fan, added: "It's the first time I've ever wanted PSG to lose, and it's me who scores the goal, luckily for Chelsea F.C.."

His effort, bundled home three minutes from time after PSG defender Maxwell deflected Cesar Azpilicueta's shot into his path, tied the scores at 3-3 on aggregate, giving Chelsea F.C. a memorable comeback victory on the away goals rule.

Ba, who has started just three matches for Chelsea F.C. this season and only scored five goals in his 23 appearances in all, earned a lasting place in Chelsea F.C. folklore for the goal that epitomised everything about the side's never-say-die spirit.

Two years ago, they became champions of Europe after Didier Drogba saved them from defeat in the final against Bayern Munich with an 88th minute headed equaliser before scoring the decisive goal in a penalty shootout.

Last season, they won the Europa League final when Branislav Ivanovic headed in a stoppage time winner to give them a 2-1 victory over Benfica in Amsterdam.

And the longer the edgy, tense match lasted on Tuesday, there was an air of inevitability that another Chelsea F.C. goal was on its way.

Ba, as he has done so often this season, started the match on the bench but replaced midfielder Frank Lampard in the 66th minute to join Eto'o in a two-pronged attack.

LAST ROLL

Jose Mourinho then threw his last roll of the dice by

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