Originally posted on Fox Soccer  |  Last updated 5/15/13
Chelsea are the champions of Europe in every sense. They are the reigning holders of the UEFA Champions League for another week, and downed Benfica to win the Europa League 2-1 in late and spectacular fashion on Wednesday night. Branislav Ivanovic scored the crucial goal with a late header in the 93rd minute that floated to the far post, past the despairing Artur Moraes and into the Benfica net. It was a cinematic ending to a game that was for long spells destined for the straight-to-home-video audience. The match lived down to its billing: the Europa League is a second-tier tournament, and it felt like it throughout the night. Most galling, UEFA had made tickets to this game hard to get for fans of both clubs yet were plenty of empty seats at the Amsterdam ArenA. This meant there was little tension in the stands or on the pitch, and at times the teams seemed to be going through the motions. Benfica clearly wanted the game more; Chelsea, for spells, seemed like they just wanted th...
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