History will be made in Lisbon on May 24th. For the first time ever in Champions League history, two teams from the same city will battle each other in the tournament's final.
Atletico went in to their match at Stamford Bridge even on aggregate after a 0-0 draw in the first leg. Chelsea drew first blood when former Atletico striker Fernando Torres put the ball in the back of the net in the 36th minute.
The home crowd erupted, but with away goals holding more weight, Atletico had plenty of time to turn the game around. That they did.
Chelsea were unable to hold their lead until half time. The Blues' normally tight defense seemingly went to sleep in the 44th minute. Tiago and Juanfran were involved in the set up and Adrian Lopez slotted home to equalize. At 1-1, Atletico had the advantage having scored an all important away goal.
With Chelsea now in need of a goal, manager Jose Mourinho brought on striker Samuel Eto'o for defender Ashley Cole in the 54th minute. He didn't know it at the time, but Mourinho's move would end up backfiring. After just six minutes on the pitch, Eto'o fouled Diego Costa in the box and Atletico were awarded a penalty.
Whether it was gamesmanship or something else, Costa took a ridiculous amount of time trying to find the perfect spot to place the ball. After receiving a yellow card for his actions, Costa buried the spot kick and Atletico were in the driver's seat.
Down 1-2, Chelsea had to score two goals and keep Atletico at bay in order to move on to the final.
With Chelsea pushing for goals, Atletico was able to take advantage of open spaces and sealed the match in the 72nd minute. Juanfran once again played provider as he fed the ball to Arda Turan. Turan's initial shot hit the post but Turan took the rebound and finished off what he had started.
Mourinho's squad has often been the subject of criticism for "parking the bus" (basically putting every player in defensive mode). While it worked in the goalless first leg in Madrid, it came back to hurt Mourinho and his club at home in London.
Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid will meet in the final on Saturday, May 24th with kick off scheduled for 2:45 p.m. EST.