Luis García's infamous "ghost goal" condemned Chelsea to Champions League heartbreak in 2005 and it was a memorable campaign for so many other reasons.
The Blues' exit at the semifinal stage of Europe's elite club competition left a bitter taste in the mouths of fans and players alike, after a run that promised so much with the final within touching distance. Chelsea's road to that ill-fated semifinal was a dramatic one with The Blues vanquishing Barcelona and Bayern to book a date with Liverpool.
🕺🏾 Dinho's dancing feet
Ronaldinho's iconic toe-poked goal that bemused Chelsea's defenders and the watching world was a thing of beauty. This was a defensive unit that conceded the fewest ever goals in a Premier League season, made to look like amateurs in a schoolyard at that moment. It wouldn't be enough to get Barcelona into the quarterfinals but it was enough to put smiles on faces around the planet.
You've seen it before. We've seen it before. But let's all look again. The one where he stops time. Look.— MUNDIAL (@MundialMag) February 20, 2018
Chelsea v Barcelona. Everyone stuck in their own mud while Ronaldinho decides what to do next. He goes all Bernard's Watch on them. He toe pokes it. It's in. It's insane. pic.twitter.com/lBih1RqT3a
Chelsea advanced 5-4 on aggregate to set up a quarterfinal date with Bayern Munich.
🔵 Chelsea edge past Bayern in the quarters
A 4-2 win at Stamford Bridge, the identical scoreline that the Blues produced at home against Barcelona before, gave them a commanding lead in the quarterfinal 1st leg. Despite a 3-2 second-leg loss, Chelsea would advance to an all-English Champions League semifinal against Liverpool.
👻 The semifinal "Ghost Goal"
In stark contrast with the goal-filled contests in the two rounds that preceded it, the two-leg semifinal against Liverpool would be settled by a solitary goal scored over a span of 180 minutes of football. The "Ghost Goal" as dubbed by José Mourinho, was adjudged to have crossed the line but video replays suggested otherwise and Mourinho was left fuming at a controversial, contentious moment that dumped his team out of the Champions League. Luis García's decisive strike sent Liverpool to the final in Istanbul against AC Milan and we all know how that ended.
Back to the future, and Chelsea meets Liverpool again at Anfield with both clubs with their eyes on a top-four finish this term.
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