Chelsea stun Barca to reach showpiece final

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Updated: April 25, 2012

An heroic Chelsea survived the dismissal of captain John Terry to eliminate holders Barcelona 3-2 on aggregate and clinch a place in the Champions League final after an action-packed last-four clash on Tuesday in which Lionel Messi missed a penalty.

The dramatic semifinal second leg at the Nou Camp ended 2-2 and meant Chelsea, chasing a first European title, will play Real Madrid or Bayern Munich in the May 19 final with the Germans holding a 2-1 lead ahead of Wednesday’s Bernabeu game.

A victory for Real would pit coach Jose Mourinho against former club Chelsea, who were in disarray just a few weeks ago.

Real Madrid are confident a hostile home support can help them overturn a 2-1 deficit against Bayern Munich on Wednesday in the second-leg of their Champions League semifinal.