Chelsea will face Barcelona after reaching their sixth Champions League semi-final in nine years with victory over Benfica at Stamford Bridge.

Frank Lampard's first-half penalty set the platform for Chelsea's successful defence of the 1-0 lead they established in Lisbon's Stadium of Light.

And though Chelsea had to survive nervous moments in the last five minutes after Javi Garcia's header put Benfica one goal away from winning the tie, a spectacular strike from substitute Raul Meireles in the dying seconds cut short the comeback.

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Chelsea's win sets up a repeat of the controversial 2009 semi-final when only Andres Iniesta's stoppage time strike at Stamford Bridge rescued Barcelona and prevented an all-Premier League meeting with Manchester United in Rome.

The Blues' performance here was hardly of the calibre to strike fear into the hearts of the holders and tournament favourites - indeed, for long spells, the fare was decidedly ordinary - but for caretaker manager Roberto di Matteo and his players it was mission accomplished.

Their opponents created chances throughout but simply lacked the cutting edge to capitalise - a task made even more difficult by the first-half dismissal of captain Maxi Pereira after he received a second yellow card for a crude challenge on Jon Obi Mikel.

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But while Chelsea may not have touched the heights, their rejuvenation under caretaker Di Matteo continues as they now contemplate another semi-final to go with their FA Cup date with Tottenham at Wembley.

It is a brutal reality, however, that they will have to display infinitely greater quality than this to trouble Pep Guardiola's Catalan superstars as they battle for a place in next month's final in Munich.

The visitors opened with ambition as they chased down the deficit from the first leg in Lisbon, with the gifted Pablo Aimar prominent.

The early momentum was halted, however, by the concession of a needless penalty after 21 minutes when Garcia barged Ashley Cole to the ground. Keeper Artur touched Lampard's penalty but it carried too much power.

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Benfica needed a swift response and almost got it through the dangerous Oscar Cardozo but his shot from the edge of the area was swept off the line by home captain John Terry.

Passages of the first half had been niggly, with referee Damir Skomina producing his yellow card at regular intervals. And it was red for visiting captain Pereira five minutes before the interval when, having been booked for protesting about the penalty, he received a second yellow for an ugly lunge at Mikel.

Even then, it took a fine save from Petr Cech to prevent Benfica drawing level moments after the restart, the Blues keeper showing great agility to claw away Cardozo's effort.

The game became increasingly stretched as Benfica's need for a goal became more urgent and seconds after Yannick Djalo's shot was deflected narrowly off target at one end, keeper Artur was forced to block at Kalou's feet at the other.

The visitors' threat finally brought a goal, courtesy of Garcia's glancing header in the 85th minute, but just as the prospect of a dramatic turnaround materialised, so it promptly disappeared. Meireles - taunted by the visiting fans for his connection to rivals Porto - settled the tie.

He broke away as Chelsea cleared a Benfica free-kick, keeping his composure to flash a finish past Artur to confirm another meeting with old Champions League adversaries Barcelona.

Lineup, Bookings (8) & Substitutions (6)

Chelsea

  • 01 Cech
  • 02 Ivanovic Booked
  • 03 Cole
  • 04 Luiz
  • 26 Terry (Cahill - 59' )
  • 07 Ramires Booked
  • 08 Lampard
  • 12 Mikel Booked
  • 09 Torres (Drogba - 88' )
  • 10 Mata (Meireles - 79' )
  • 21 Kalou

Substitutes

  • 22 Turnbull
  • 19 Ferreira
  • 24 Cahill
  • 05 Essien
  • 16 Meireles
  • 11 Drogba
  • 23 Sturridge

Benfica

  • 01 Artur
  • 03 Emerson
  • 14 Pereira Dismissed after an earlier booking
  • 38 Capdevila
  • 06 Javi Garcia
  • 08 Bruno Cesar Booked (Machado - 72' )
  • 10 Aimar Booked
  • 20 Gaitan (Djalo - 61' )
  • 21 Matic
  • 28 Witsel
  • 07 Cardozo Booked (Oliveira - 57' )

Substitutes

  • 47 Eduardo
  • 16 Oliveira
  • 34 Almeida
  • 09 Nolito
  • 12 Djalo
  • 19 Machado
  • 30 Saviola
Ref: Skomina
Att: 37,264

Match Stats

Shots

16 21

On target

6 13

Corners

4 5

Fouls

16 11

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:07 Full time

Full Time The referee signals the end of the game.

90:00 +3:23

Pablo Aimar takes a shot. Comfortable save by Petr Cech.

90:00 +1:57

Assist by Mikel.

90:00 +1:57 Goal scored

Goal! - Raul Meireles - Chelsea 2 - 1 Benfica Raul Meireles grabs a goal from just outside the penalty area to the top right corner of the goal. Chelsea 2 (3)-(1) 1 Benfica.

90:00 +0:33

Nemanja Matic crosses the ball, save made by Petr Cech. Didier Drogba concedes a free kick for a foul on Francisco Javi Garcia. Free kick crossed right-footed by Pablo Aimar, clearance made by Mikel.

90:00 +0:22

Joan Capdevila sends in a cross, Gary Cahill makes a clearance.

90:00 +0:10

Joan Capdevila delivers the ball, David Luiz manages to make a clearance.

89:25

The ball is crossed by Machado Rodrigo Moreno, Ashley Cole manages to make a clearance.

87:16 Substitution

Substitution Didier Drogba replaces Fernando Torres.

87:16

Miguel Nelson Oliveira produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the area and misses to the left of the target.

86:12

Raul Meireles has an effort at goal from the edge of the box that misses to the right of the target.

84:31

Assist on the goal came from Pablo Aimar.

84:31 Goal scored

Goal! - Francisco Javi Garcia - Chelsea 1 - 1 Benfica Francisco Javi Garcia finds the back of the net with a headed goal from inside the six-yard box. Chelsea 1 (2)-(1) 1 Benfica.

83:49

Miguel Nelson Oliveira fouled by David Luiz, the ref awards a free kick. Pablo Aimar restarts play with the free kick. The ball is sent over by Axel Witsel, Yanick Djalo takes a shot. Save made by Petr Cech. Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Pablo Aimar,

81:24

Yanick Djalo concedes a free kick for a foul on Ashley Cole. Free kick taken by David Luiz. The assistant referee signals for offside against Fernando Torres. Indirect free kick taken by Guilherme Artur Moraes.

80:43

Raul Meireles takes a shot. Axel Witsel gets a block in.

78:24

Pablo Aimar has an effort direct from the free kick, save made by Petr Cech.

78:24 Substitution

Substitution Raul Meireles on for Juan Mata.

78:24 Booking

Booking The referee cautions Mikel for unsporting behaviour.

78:17

Mikel gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Machado Rodrigo Moreno.

76:21

Miguel Nelson Oliveira takes a shot from long range which goes wide of the right-hand upright.

75:26

Pablo Aimar concedes a free kick for a foul on Ramires. Petr Cech takes the direct free kick.

74:28

Ashley Cole crosses the ball, Salomon Kalou produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the right of the target. Miguel Nelson Oliveira takes a shot. Save by Petr Cech.

72:55

A cross is delivered by Joan Capdevila, Header from deep inside the area by Yanick Djalo goes harmlessly over the crossbar.

71:51 Substitution

Substitution Machado Rodrigo Moreno is brought on as a substitute for Zanaki Bruno Cesar.

70:57

The ball is swung over by Miguel Nelson Oliveira, comfortable save by Petr Cech.

69:59

Shot by Juan Mata from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the target.

68:43

Nemanja Matic challenges Frank Lampard unfairly and gives away a free kick. Mikel takes the direct free kick.

67:32

Ramires delivers the ball, Headed effort from inside the area by Fernando Torres misses to the right of the target.

65:10

The ball is swung over by Miguel Nelson Oliveira, Francisco Javi Garcia takes a shot. Save by Petr Cech. Salomon Kalou takes a shot. Guilherme Artur Moraes makes a save.

64:28

A cross is delivered by Yanick Djalo, clearance by Branislav Ivanovic. Yanick Djalo takes a shot. Gary Cahill gets a block in. Corner taken short by Zanaki Bruno Cesar.

63:38

Joan Capdevila produces a left-footed shot from long range that goes harmlessly over the bar.

62:58

Joan Capdevila sends in a cross, David Luiz manages to make a clearance.

60:27 Substitution

Substitution Nicolas Gaitan leaves the field to be replaced by Yanick Djalo.

60:27

Centre by Fernando Torres, clearance made by Conceicao Emerson. Frank Lampard takes a shot and missed to the right of the goal.

59:55

The ball is delivered by Salomon Kalou.

58:34 Substitution

Substitution Gary Cahill replaces John Terry.

57:07

Unfair challenge on Frank Lampard by Nemanja Matic results in a free kick. Mikel takes the direct free kick.

56:04 Substitution

Substitution Miguel Nelson Oliveira replaces Oscar Cardozo.

56:04

Juan Mata takes a shot. Guilherme Artur Moraes makes a save. Fernando Torres produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty area which goes wide of the left-hand post.

55:51

The ball is crossed by Branislav Ivanovic.

54:51

Juan Mata crosses the ball, Salomon Kalou has a headed effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the left of the target.

52:53

Fernando Torres takes a shot. Conceicao Emerson gets a block in. Juan Mata takes the outswinging corner, Conceicao Emerson makes a clearance.

52:05

Oscar Cardozo has an effort at goal from a long way out that misses to the right of the goal.

50:23

Fernando Torres concedes a free kick for a foul on Francisco Javi Garcia. Guilherme Artur Moraes restarts play with the free kick.

49:12

Branislav Ivanovic produces a cross, Salomon Kalou takes a shot. Clearance by Juan Mata.

48:34

Shot from just outside the box by Pablo Aimar misses to the left of the target.

47:59

Oscar Cardozo takes a shot. Save by Petr Cech. Corner taken by Nicolas Gaitan played to the near post, David Luiz manages to make a clearance.

46:07

Salomon Kalou takes a shot. Axel Witsel gets a block in. Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Frank Lampard from the right by-line, John Terry has a headed effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the left of the target.

45:39

Nicolas Gaitan crosses the ball, clearance made by John Terry.

45:01

The second half kicks off.

45:00 +2:05 Half time

Half Time The referee calls an end to the first half.

45:00 +0:50

Foul by Salomon Kalou on Pablo Aimar, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed right-footed by Pablo Aimar, clearance by John Terry.

45:00 +0:27

Zanaki Bruno Cesar fouled by Juan Mata, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Axel Witsel.

44:39

The offside flag is raised against Fernando Torres. Guilherme Artur Moraes takes the free kick.

43:58

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Juan Mata by Axel Witsel. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Juan Mata, Axel Witsel manages to make a clearance.

43:14

Zanaki Bruno Cesar takes the direct free kick.

43:14 Booking

Booking Ramires goes into the referee's book.

43:09

Ramires gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Zanaki Bruno Cesar.

42:29

The ball is crossed by Ramires. Salomon Kalou delivers the ball, save by Guilherme Artur Moraes.

41:00

The assistant referee flags for offside against Juan Mata. Free kick taken by Guilherme Artur Moraes.

39:49

Frank Lampard takes the free kick.

39:49 Dismissal

Dismissal Red card for Victorio Maxi Pereira.

39:32

Free kick awarded for a foul by Victorio Maxi Pereira on Mikel.

37:46

Pablo Aimar produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick. Nicolas Gaitan crosses the ball, save made by Petr Cech.

37:46 Booking

Booking Branislav Ivanovic goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.

37:26

Branislav Ivanovic challenges Nicolas Gaitan unfairly and gives away a free kick.

36:15

A cross is delivered by Nicolas Gaitan, clearance by Ramires. Corner taken right-footed by Zanaki Bruno Cesar, Salomon Kalou makes a clearance.

35:35

Foul by Fernando Torres on Victorio Maxi Pereira, free kick awarded. Axel Witsel takes the free kick.

35:00

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Juan Mata by Zanaki Bruno Cesar. Free kick taken by Mikel.

34:16

Juan Mata challenges Nicolas Gaitan unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed by Pablo Aimar, Frank Lampard manages to make a clearance.

33:16

The ball is swung over by Ashley Cole.

32:12

Pablo Aimar takes a shot. Save by Petr Cech.

30:20

Foul by Mikel on Nicolas Gaitan, free kick awarded. Nemanja Matic takes the direct free kick.

28:30

Mikel concedes a free kick for a foul on Pablo Aimar. The ball is sent over by Zanaki Bruno Cesar, Oscar Cardozo takes a shot. Clearance by John Terry. The assistant referee signals for offside against Oscar Cardozo. Indirect free kick taken by Petr Cech.

26:42

Frank Lampard gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Zanaki Bruno Cesar. Direct free kick taken by Guilherme Artur Moraes.

26:42 Booking

Booking The referee shows Pablo Aimar a yellow card.

26:29

A cross is delivered by Mikel, save by Guilherme Artur Moraes.

25:57

Outswinging corner taken by Juan Mata from the left by-line.

23:07

Nemanja Matic challenges Ramires unfairly and gives away a free kick. Frank Lampard takes the direct free kick.

20:45

Ashley Cole provided the assist for the goal.

20:45

Assist on the goal came from Ashley Cole.

20:36

Effort by Oscar Cardozo from a long way out goes over the crossbar. A cross is delivered by Fernando Torres, clearance made by Victorio Maxi Pereira.

20:36 Booking

Booking Victorio Maxi Pereira goes into the referee's book.

20:45 Goal scored

Goal! - Frank Lampard - Chelsea 1 - 0 Benfica Penalty taken right-footed by Frank Lampard and scored. Chelsea 1 (2)-(0) 0 Benfica.

20:15 Booking

Booking Zanaki Bruno Cesar receives a caution.

19:22

Francisco Javi Garcia concedes a Penalty for a foul on Ashley Cole.

18:35

Direct free kick taken by David Luiz.

18:35 Booking

Booking Oscar Cardozo receives a yellow card.

18:28

Foul by Oscar Cardozo on David Luiz, free kick awarded.

15:23

Nicolas Gaitan sends in a cross, Mikel makes a clearance.

14:10

Free kick awarded for a foul by John Terry on Pablo Aimar. Pablo Aimar restarts play with the free kick.

12:31

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Nicolas Gaitan by Ramires. Direct free kick taken by Conceicao Emerson.

12:07

Pablo Aimar takes a shot from inside the box clearing the bar.

11:16

The assistant referee flags for offside against Juan Mata. Indirect free kick taken by Guilherme Artur Moraes.

10:30

Zanaki Bruno Cesar takes a shot. David Luiz gets a block in.

7:12

Corner from the left by-line taken by Juan Mata, David Luiz takes a shot. Blocked by Joan Capdevila.

6:46

Free kick awarded for a foul by Conceicao Emerson on Fernando Torres. Branislav Ivanovic takes the free kick.

6:02

The assistant referee signals for offside against Juan Mata. Free kick taken by Guilherme Artur Moraes.

3:36

Pablo Aimar takes a shot. John Terry gets a block in. Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Nemanja Matic by Mikel. Direct free kick taken by Nemanja Matic.

3:10

Victorio Maxi Pereira delivers the ball.

2:29

Nicolas Gaitan produces a cross, blocked by Branislav Ivanovic. Corner taken by Pablo Aimar from the left by-line to the near post, clearance made by Frank Lampard.

1:36

Centre by Nicolas Gaitan.

1:05

The ball is crossed by Nicolas Gaitan.

0:00

The match has kicked off.

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