Chelsea, Real Madrid reach Champions League semifinals
Chelsea beats Paris Saint-Germain; Real Madrid falls to Dortmund but advances
Chelsea overturned a two-goal deficit against Paris Saint-Germain to reach the Champions League semifinals on Tuesday in London, with Paris-born striker Demba Ba clinching a 2-0 win that sent the London club through on away goals with a 3-3 draw.
After losing 3-1 in the French capital, Andre Schuerrle began Chelsea's comeback with a first-half goal but it took substitute Ba to stun his hometown club and grab the crucial goal in the 87th minute.
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho sprinted down the touchline to join his celebrating players at Stamford Bridge.
For PSG it's another season of heartbreak in the quarterfinals — a victim of the away-goals rule just as against Barcelona last year.
"That's what big games are about, it doesn't come down to much," PSG midfielder Blaise Matuidi said. "We were up against a big team. We had the chance to score and we didn't, so we paid the price for it. It's all down to the details.
"We're really disappointed tonight. We'd done the hard work in the first leg by getting a two-goal lead."
Although PSG's wait to reach the Champions League semifinals again will go into a 20th year, the team, bankrolled for three years by Qatar, is on the verge of wrapping up its French title defence, holding a 13-point lead.
It's far tighter for Chelsea in the Premier League, with Liverpool two points ahead with five games left.
Real Madrid loses to Dortmund, still advances
Real Madrid reached the semifinals of the Champions League on Tuesday in Germany despite losing 2-0 at Borussia Dortmund in their second leg match.
Playing without star striker Cristiano Ronaldo due to a left-knee injury, Madrid missed an early penalty but went through 3-2 on aggregate against last season's runner-up thanks to its 3-0 home victory in the first leg.
Marco Reus scored in the 24th and 37th minutes, and Dortmund wasted several excellent opportunities in the second half, including a shot against the post.
Nine-time champion Madrid reached the semifinals for the fourth consecutive season. Madrid lost in the semifinals in the past three.
"We are pleased to have reached the semis, that was our goal. But we are not pleased with the way we did it," Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti said.
Dortmund coach Juergen Klopp said he was "proud of the image" his team projected — but lamented its failure to score in Madrid.
"That is where we lost this tie, we played badly there," Klopp said.