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Chelsea triumphs in Amsterdam

Published 2239 GMT (0639 HKT) May 15, 2013
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The Europa League trophy -- that's what it was all about for Benfica and Chelsea as they went head to head at the Amsterdam Arena. Franck Fife/Getty Images
Frank Lampard and David Luiz watch on Rodrigo wins control of the ball for Benfica. The Portuguese side dominated the opening half but failed to find a breakthrough. Scott Heavey/Getty Images
Chelsea spent much of the first half on the back foot with its defense constantly repelling Benfica's forceful attacks. Patrik Stollarz/AFP/Getty Images
Benfica continued to dominate after the break and Oscar Cardozo thought he had headed his side in front only to be ruled offside. The Paraguay striker met Nicolas Gaitan's cross and nodded past Petr Cech, but the assistant referee's flag denied him the opener. John Thys/AFP/Getty Images
Despite being under the cosh for much of the game, it was Chelsea which broke the deadlock on 59 minutes when Fernando Torres raced clear to fire home in style. Scott Heavey/Getty Images
Torres then pulled off his best impression of Usain Bolt as the Chelsea players began to celebrate. Patrik Stollarz/AFP/Getty Images
Benfica hit back with 22 minutes remaining when Cardozo netted from the penalty spot after Cesar Azpilicueta had handled inside the penalty area. Michael Steele/Getty Images
But with the game looking set for extra time, Branislav Ivanovic popped up at the death to head a dramatic winner and secure victory for Chelsea. Scott Heavey/Getty Images
One year on from winning the Champions League, Chelsea's players celebrate with the Europa League trophy. Michael Steele/Getty Images