Fernando Torres of Chelsea poses with the trophy during the UEFA Europa League Final between SL Benfica and Chelsea FC at Amsterdam Arena on May 15, 2013 in Amsterdam, Netherlands.
Fernando Torres of Chelsea poses with the trophy during the UEFA Europa League Final between SL Benfica and Chelsea FC at Amsterdam Arena on May 15, 2013 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Michael Regan / Getty Images

Ivanovic helps Chelsea steal Europa League win from Benfica

BENFICA lost its seventh straight European Cup final, as Branislav Ivanovic's dramatic stoppage time header gave Chelsea a 2-1 win in the Europa League final at Amsterdam Arena.

The game was heading for extra time - Fernando Torres' brilliant 60th-minute opener for Chelsea was cancelled out by an Oscar Cardozo penalty.

But it was won in added time as Branislav Ivanovic rose brilliantly to head home a Juan Mata corner to give Chelsea yet more European silverware just 12-months after claiming the Champions League title.

It was a night of disappointment for Benfica as they played their part in a thrilling contest in Holland.

The Portuguese outfit were by far the better team in the opening half, and they enjoyed good possession throughout - but they failed to really test Petr Cech.

As early as the second minute Oscar Cardozo headed over, whilst Nico Gaitan twice fired wide whilst Enzo Perez and Eduardo Salvio were constantly probing and driving forward from midfield.

One-time Bolton loanee Rodrigo probably had the best chance of the half when a free-kick was taken short and came into him just six-yards out, but he twice lost his footing and missed the chance to test Cech.

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