Chelsea have won a number of FA Cups and European trophies. As such, they have played out some classic matches in the FA Cup, Cup Winners Cup and Champions League. These are a few of Chelsea's greatest cup matches.
Chelsea vs Leeds FA Cup Final
The 1970 FA Cup final included a flamboyant Chelsea team and Leeds Utd. Chelsea had certainly played some great games en route to Wembley, among which was a 5 – 1 rout of Watford in the semi-finals. They won four away games to reach the Twin Towers. Leeds had scraped through to the final after two replays in their semi-final with Man Utd.
During the first half of the Wembley final, Leeds went in front. A downward header put Leeds Utd a goal up. However, Chelsea equalized with long-range strike from 20 yards. The keeper fumbled the shot, and the ball rolled into the net.
The game remained 1 – 1 up to the final 10 minutes. Then a Leeds hit the post, but the ball was put into the back of Chelsea's net after it rebounded from goal. However, two minutes later Chelsea headed in an equalizer to make the score 2 – 2.
Consequently, the final went to a replay at Old Trafford. In that game Leeds also went in front during the first half. They remained in front until Osgood's goal equalized in the last 15 minutes. During the extra-time period that followed the Blues took the lead in the match for the first time, and remained in front until the end of the game. As such, they lifted the cup for the first time after a classic finale.
Chelsea vs Middlesbrough Final
Chelsea's FA Cup final with Middlesbrough was not a classic, but the Blues had plenty to celebrate when the game ended. This was a Chelsea team that included foreign stars such as Zola and Vialli, and Middlesbrough also had foreign players in their side. However, despite that they were still relegated from the Premier League.
Chelsea went in front with the fastest goal scored in the FA Cup final. A fine strike from 25 yards put them one up in the first minute. In the last 10 minutes they wrapped up their victory with a second goal that made the score Chelsea 2 - Middlesbrough 0.
Chelsea vs Watford FA Cup Semi-Final
Chelsea's largest ever FA Cup semi-final victory came against Watford during the 1970 cup run. After three minutes the Blues went one up with a tap-in goal. However, Watford equalized soon after.
At halftime the score was 1 – 1, but a rampant Chelsea carved Watford apart after the interval. They regained their lead when Osgood headed the ball into the back of an open net. The floodgates opened in the final 20 minutes of the match when Chelsea scored a third goal. Seven or eight minutes later it was Chelsea 5 – Watford 1, and the Blues were heading to Wembley.
Chelsea vs Real Madrid
Chelsea took on Real Madrid in the 1971 Cup Winners' Cup final. Having drawn the first game 1 – 1, the final went to a replay. Chelsea went in front during the first half with Dempsey's sweet volley into the back of Madrid's net. Shortly before halftime Osgood doubled Chelsea's lead with a fine low strike from just within the Real Madrid box. The game wasn't quite over, as Madrid got back into the match after the interval when Fleitas pulled one back. Bonnetti also made some fine saves to ensure the score remained Chelsea 2 - Real Madrid 1. As such, they lifted a European trophy for the first time.
Chelsea vs Stuttgart
In 1998, Chelsea and Stuttgart reached the Cup Winners' Cup final. Although this European cup was beginning to fade out, Chelsea's victory in the final still confirmed that they once again had teams that could beat some of the best sides in Europe. With the game level at 0 – 0 Zola came off the bench, and minutes later struck from just within Stuttgart's penalty box to put Chelsea a goal up. It was the winning goal of the match, and indeed the 1998 Cup Winners' Cup. They were the last English team to lift that trophy.
Barcelona vs Chelsea
The 2012 Champions League semi-final was one that included the Champions League champions Barcelona and Chelsea. Having gained a slender one goal advantage at the Bridge, Chelsea made the trip to the Nou Camp with a draw required. Barcelona dominated possession for much of the game, and in the first half goals from Busquets and Iniesta had put Barca seemingly on course for a place in the final. But Chelsea were far from defeated, and pulled one back shortly before the interval. In the second half Messi missed a penalty, before Torres skipped past the Barcelona keeper to brush the ball into an open net. The second leg finished 2 – 2, and Chelsea went through 3 – 2 on aggregate.
Bayern Munich vs Chelsea
Having defeated Barcelona in the semi-finals, the Blues came up against Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena. This effectively made it more like a Bayern home game. Bayern had most of the chances in this match, but could not break the deadlock until Mueller headed the ball past Chelsea's keeper in the final 10 minutes. The game seemed won, but of course it wasn't as a late Chelsea equalizer a few minutes before the end took the final to extra time. During this period Bayern were given a penalty, but the keeper saved Robben's penalty. It was a vital save as the game finished all square. In the penalty shoot-out Chelsea triumphed 4 - 3 to lift the European Cup for the first time.
Those were a few of the great Chelsea's greatest cup games. They were terrific victories for Chelsea in both Europe and the FA Cup. With those triumphs the club won the Champions League, a couple of FA Cups and two Cup Winners' Cups.