Thu, 10 Mar 2005

From: AFP

Terry's all gold for Chelsea, Crespo downs United

Pirate Irwin, Agence France-Presse/Paris

A controversial header late in the second-half by Chelsea captain John Terry gave the Premiership leaders a remarkable 4-2 win over Barcelona and a 5-4 aggregate victory in their Champions League first knockout round clash on Tuesday.

It kept their charismatic and controversial manager Jose Mourinho on course for a second successive Champions League title after leading FC Porto to it last season.

Elsewhere, the dream of Sir Alex Ferguson to give Manchester United a second Champions League title under his stewardship ended - -- perhaps for good -- as AC Milan beat them 1-0 in the San Siro to win 2-0 on aggregate, on-loan Chelsea striker Hernan Crespo heading a great winner to add to the one he got in the first leg.

French champions Lyon simply were irresistible at home to Werder Bremen, thrashing them 7-2, 10-2 on aggregate, with former Arsenal striker Sylvain Wiltord grabbing a hat-trick and Ghanaian midfielder Mickael Essien scoring two.

Chelsea put aside a few nervous opening minutes to literally stun Barcelona with three goals in 11 minutes and seemingly turn the tie irrevocably their way.

First Eidur Gudjohnsen slotted home for only his second goal in seven Champions League appearances but Chelsea's 50th in the competition after a wonderful ball by Joe Cole then Lampard pounced having missed a sitter minutes earlier.

The England international midfielder was on hand after Cole's shot had taken a wicked deflection with Victor Valdes making a valiant one handed save as he went the wrong way but Lampard was close by to knock in the rebound.

The Catalan side were then knocked totally off balance as Cole's ball released Duff and he ran in to slot through Valdes' legs.

However, the London side sat back and paid for it as Paolo Ferreira's hand ball gave Barcelona a penalty which Ronaldinho converted, making Barca the first team since League Two side Scunthorpe United in January to score at Stamford Bridge.

If the penalty was a formality the Brazilian produced a moment of pure magic to make it 3-2 as he hit the ball with the outside of his right foot from the semi-circle.

Chelsea delivered the killer blow in the 76th minute when Terry, leading by example as ever, headed home from a corner, even though the visitors surrounded referee Pierluigi Collina to protest that Ricardo Carvalho had impeded the keeper.

"That performance is up there with the best of them," said Terry. "To beat a great side like that says it all about the guts and quality of our team."

Mourinho, a former assistant coach at Barcelona, was jubilant.

"We are in the quarterfinals and we have beaten the team that is -- according to the press -- the best in the world."

His Barcelona counterpart Frank Rijkaard was disappointed, and even more so because he hadn't put one over Mourinho, who had claimed the Dutch coach had allowed first leg referee Anders Frisk into their dressing room at half-time of that match.

"You always feel bitter after a loss but maybe I feel a bit more bitter because of all the lies that were told before this game. I didn't like that."

United went closest through Ryan Giggs in the first-half as his shot hit the post while in a tightly fought and technical affair AC Milan's Brazilian star Kaka hit the bar.

Milan, though, killed off United midway through the second- half as Cafu's cross was met by Crespo's brilliant header which went across Tim Howard and in at the far post.