On This Day: Frank Lampard scored an emotional goal against Liverpool just a few days after her mother’s death to take Chelsea in their first final.
Chelsea has shown a meteoric rise ever since Roman Abramovich took over the club as an owner and since then the club has never looked back. On this day 12 years ago was a special night for Chelsea.
The Blues for the first time in the history went into the finale of the Champions League for the first time after they defeated Liverpool in the semi-final round of the tournament.
Amidst all of this, Chelsea’s current manager Frank Lampard had a special role to play. The first leg between two clubs was played bat the Anfield ended up in a 1-1 draw.
The second leg at the Stamford Bridge turned out to be an intense competition. The first goal was scored by Didier Drogba in the first half to break the deadlock but soon in the second half, Fernando Torres equalized the score.
The score remained the same until the match went to the extra-time. 8 minutes into the extra time, Sami Hyypia fouled Michael Ballack inside the 18-yard box.
The referee instantly awarded Chelsea with a penalty, and Lampard being a specialist in it rose to the occasion. The English International smashed the ball past Pepe Reina to give Chelsea the level ahead.
It was an emotional moment for him as only a few days ago only he lost his mother and the emotions on his face were clear enough to see the grief he felt at that time.
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On this day 12 years ago, Frank Lampard scored this emotional goal just days after his mother passed away and helped Chelsea reach their first ever European Cup / Champions League Final! from r/soccer
But at the same time, he did something historic, his goal was crucial to send Chelsea into the first finale of any European competition. Later in the game, Didier Drogba once again extended the lead.
Ryan Babel, who came in as a substitute scored a screamer to give hope to the Reds in the final few minutes of the tie, but unfortunately, it ended as a consolation goal for Liverpool.