Chelsea FC v Barcelona - UEFA Champions League Semi Final

London’s Chelsea take a slender advantage into the second leg after winning 1-0 at Stamford Bridge
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Didier Drogba scored late in the first half and Chelsea mixed luck with resolute defence to keep free-scoring Lionel Messi in check and defeat holders Barcelona 1-0 in their Champions League semi-final first leg on Wednesday. (AFP/Getty Images)
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Barcelona dominated possession, hit the bar and the post and had what looked like a certain goal cleared off the line at a rain-lashed Stamford Bridge.(Getty Images)
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The Spaniards had 24 attempts on target compared to one by the hosts but Ivorian Drogba made the most of his sight of goal when he fired low and hard past Barca goalkeeper Victor Valdes two minutes into stoppage time at the end of the first half.(Getty Images)
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"We created so many chances, I had no idea we were going to do that, but we failed to score against a very good side who were very strong," Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola told a news conference. (Getty Images)
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"You have to be a strong side to be in the semi-finals of the Champions League. We knew it was going to be a tough challenge and it was." (Getty Images)
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Raul Meireles, who like Drogba, John Terry and Ashley Cole, have all been rejuvenated since Roberto Di Matteo took control of the side from the sacked Andre Villas-Boas in early March, began the move after winning the ball from a hesitant Messi close to halfway. (Getty Images)
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Lampard's raking pass found Brazilian Ramires whose low cross from the left eluded the Barca defenders with Drogba pouncing at the far post to score. (AFP/Getty Images)
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Di Matteo was full of praise for Chelsea's "old guard", who followed up last weekend's 5-1 thrashing of Tottenham Hotspur in the FA Cup semi-finals. (AFP/Getty Images)
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However, before and after the goal, Barca were the dominant force with Messi orchestrating most of their attacking moves, but for all his inspired brilliance, he was unable to conjure up a goal either for his team mates or himself. The Argentine forward, who has scored 63 goals for Barca this season, has now failed to score in seven matches against Chelsea.(Getty Images)
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Although this match was about far more than records and statistics, some telling numbers did emerge after a rainswept night in west London.(Getty Images)