Chelsea in Europa semis despite loss

Apr 12, 2013, 01:08 IST | AFP

Chelsea became the first club to qualify for the semi-finals of this season's Europa League yesterday despite losing 3-2 to Rubin Kazan in the second leg of their quarter-final tie.

The London club go through 5-4 on aggregate after winning 3-1 in last week’s first leg and remain on course to win the Europa League a year after triumphing in the Champions League.

The Premier League side got off to a glorious start, taking the lead in the fourth minute when Fernando Torres — who netted a brace in the first leg — lobbing into an empty net as Rubin ’keeper Sergei Ryzhikov came racing out of his area.

Captain Gokdeniz Karadeniz did pull one back before Bebras Natcho converted a penalty after Cesar Azpilicueta was harshly penalised for a foul on Aleksandr Ryazantsev in the box. That allowed Rubin to win the game on the night. 

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