Andres Iniesta sends 10-man Barcelona to Rome with sensational injury-time equaliser

Chelsea 1 – Barcelona 1 (Agg. 1-1) (Champions League semi-final second leg, May 6, 2009) (Longer highlights here, extended highlights here.) Michael Essien sent Stamford Bridge wild in the ninth minute with a brilliant left-footed volley that beat Valdes and crashed in off the bar. (First half highlights here.) Early in the second half Drogba had a great chance to double Chelsea’s lead but his shot was weak and too close to Valdes. With 25 minutes remaining Barca’s task got harder when they were reduced to ten men, Eric Abidal sent off for a professional foul on Anelka – who clearly dived. Three minutes into injury time Andres Iniesta popped up with a cracking equaliser, a crucial away goal into the top corner, to crush Chelsea’s dreams and send Barcelona into the dream final against Manchester United. Chelsea were furious at the final whistle, with Didier Drogba getting right in referee’s Tom Henning Ovrebo face before turning to the television camera to shout that the official was a “f****** disgrace.”