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Champions League semi-final: Chelsea 1-0 Barcelona

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Didier Drogba fired a crucial winner to hand Chelsea a 1-0 home win over reigning champions Barcelona in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final tie.

In one of Chelsea's few forays forward at Stamford Bridge, the Ivory Coast striker struck on the stroke of half-time after Frank Lampard released Ramires down the wing, with the Brazilian feeding Drogba with a pinpoint cross and allowing him to slot beyond Víctor Valdés.

Chelsea then shut Barça down effectively in a second half where chances were scarce, until Pedro hit the post and Sergio Busquets blasted the rebound feebly over at the death.

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