[UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE]
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho
predicted that his team, problems or no problems up front, would
defeat Paris St. Germain in their UEFA Champions League quarterfinal series, and true to his word, the Blues prevailed, 2-0, to oust the French champions on their away goal as the series finished 3-3
on aggregate. Borussia Dortmund's 2-0 win on Tuesday, however, was not enough to overcome its 3-0 loss to Real Madrid in the first leg.
Chelsea sub Demba
put away a loose ball in the 87th minute to deprive heavy-spending PSG of its first appearance in the semifinals since 1995. German Andre Schuerrle
had reduced PSG''s edge from the first leg after 32 minutes, but Chelsea's luck looked to have eluded it as it hit the woodwork twice early in the second half. Ba's goal set off wild Chelsea
celebrations at the corner flag, where Mourinho joined in.
"I didn't go to the corner flag to celebrate," he said, "but you can see I can run. I went to tell them the changes we had to
make. There were three minutes plus added time left and the way we were playing was too risky. I wanted Demba Ba to play in front of the defenders and Fernando
to defend Maxwell
. I tried to use them in different jobs."
In Dortmund, goals from Marco Reus
in the first
half gave BVB hope of a repeat of its series victory over Real Madrid in last year's semifinals, but it could not add a third goal needed to even the aggregate score. Dortmund, the 2013 runner-up that
has suffered this season from a spate of injuries, had been all but written off after the 3-0 defeat in the first leg.
"We were so close, so close," Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke
said. "If we scored that third goal, we would have killed Real off. Once the disappointment subsides, I am sure we will take something out of this game, but for now
we are first of all very sad."