Originally posted on Fox Soccer  |  Last updated 4/18/12
Didier Drogba grabbed the first-half winner as Chelsea produced a resilient display to beat Barcelona 1-0 on Wednesday to take a narrow lead into the second leg of their Champions League semifinal against the defending champions. In one of Chelsea's few forays forward at Stamford Bridge, Drogba swept home a cross by Ramires in the second minute of first-half injury time to hand Barca a first loss in this season's competition, leaving the contest delicately poised. The Spanish giants were camped inside Chelsea's half for almost the entire match but were denied by a mixture of poor finishing and brave defending. Gary Cahill was outstanding alongside center-back partner John Terry to repeatedly deny Argentina forward Lionel Messi, who failed to score for only the second time in his last 15 matches. With the ''Clasico'' against Real Madrid in the Spanish league to come on Saturday and then the return leg against Chelsea three days later, Barca has little time to regroup if it wants t...
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