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Saturday 29 November 2014

Chelsea 1 - 3 Atlético Madrid: José Mourinho's men crash out of the Champions League after semi-final defeat at Stamford Bridge

Dejected: Samuel Eto'o and Fernando Torres of Chelsea
Dejected: Samuel Eto'o and Fernando Torres of Chelsea
Chelsea's Fernando Torres (right) and Samuel Eto'o stand dejected after conceding a second goal during the UEFA Champions League match at Stamford Bridge, London
Chelsea's Gary Cahill looks dejected after receiving a yellow card during the UEFA Champions League match at Stamford Bridge, London
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 30: Jose Mourinho, manager of Chelsea looks dejected during the UEFA Champions League semi-final second leg match between Chelsea and Club Atletico de Madrid at Stamford Bridge on April 30, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 30: John Terry of Chelsea looks dejected after the UEFA Champions League semi-final second leg match between Chelsea and Club Atletico de Madrid at Stamford Bridge on April 30, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 30: John Terry of Chelsea looks dejected during the UEFA Champions League semi-final second leg match between Chelsea and Club Atletico de Madrid at Stamford Bridge on April 30, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 30: John Terry of Chelsea looks dejected during the UEFA Champions League semi-final second leg match between Chelsea and Club Atletico de Madrid at Stamford Bridge on April 30, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 30: Diego Simeone, coach of Club Atletico de Madrid acknowledges the fans during the UEFA Champions League semi-final second leg match between Chelsea and Club Atletico de Madrid at Stamford Bridge on April 30, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 30: Arda Turan of Club Atletico de Madrid scores his team's third goal during the UEFA Champions League semi-final second leg match between Chelsea and Club Atletico de Madrid at Stamford Bridge on April 30, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 30: Arda Turan of Club Atletico de Madrid scores his team's third goal during the UEFA Champions League semi-final second leg match between Chelsea and Club Atletico de Madrid at Stamford Bridge on April 30, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 30: Arda Turan of Club Atletico de Madrid scores his team's third goal during the UEFA Champions League semi-final second leg match between Chelsea and Club Atletico de Madrid at Stamford Bridge on April 30, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 30: Samuel Eto'o and Fernando Torres of Chelsea look dejected after the goal by Diego Costa of Club Atletico de Madrid during the UEFA Champions League semi-final second leg match between Chelsea and Club Atletico de Madrid at Stamford Bridge on April 30, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 30: Samuel Eto'o and Fernando Torres of Chelsea look dejected after the goal by Diego Costa of Club Atletico de Madrid during the UEFA Champions League semi-final second leg match between Chelsea and Club Atletico de Madrid at Stamford Bridge on April 30, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 30: Fernando Torres of Chelsea looks away as Diego Costa of Club Atletico de Madrid prepares to take his penalty during the UEFA Champions League semi-final second leg match between Chelsea and Club Atletico de Madrid at Stamford Bridge on April 30, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 30: Fernando Torres (R) of Chelsea celebrates scoring the opening goal with Cesar Azpilicueta of Chelsea during the UEFA Champions League semi-final second leg match between Chelsea and Club Atletico de Madrid at Stamford Bridge on April 30, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 30: Samuel Eto'o of Chelsea comes on as a substitute for Ashley Cole of Chelsea during the UEFA Champions League semi-final second leg match between Chelsea and Club Atletico de Madrid at Stamford Bridge on April 30, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 30: Adrian Lopez of Club Atletico de Madrid celebrates scoring his goal during the UEFA Champions League semi-final second leg match between Chelsea and Club Atletico de Madrid at Stamford Bridge on April 30, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 30: Fernando Torres of Chelsea celebrates scoring the opening goal with Cesar Azpilicueta of Chelsea during the UEFA Champions League semi-final second leg match between Chelsea and Club Atletico de Madrid at Stamford Bridge on April 30, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 30: Fernando Torres of Chelsea reacts with team mates after scoring the opening goal during the UEFA Champions League semi-final second leg match between Chelsea and Club Atletico de Madrid at Stamford Bridge on April 30, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

Chelsea and Jose Mourinho suffered Champions League heartache as Atletico Madrid set up a derby final with city rivals Real with a 3-1 victory at Stamford Bridge.

A goalless first leg left the tie finely poised with a place in the May 24 Lisbon showpiece at stake against Mourinho's former club, who emphatically ended Bayern Munich's title defence on Tuesday night.

"Champions of Europe, we've done it before," sang the Stamford Bridge crowd as they urged the Blues on - and Fernando Torres gave Chelsea the lead against his former club.

But that was as good as it got for Mourinho's men, who found themselves level within eight minutes when Adrian netted before half-time for the Primera Division leaders.

Chelsea's task became all the harder due to the interventions of two players who could be playing for them next season.

Thibaut Courtois, playing against his parent club, saved a John Terry header before Diego Costa's penalty meant Chelsea required two goals to advance.

David Luiz hit the post with a header before Arda Turan turned in Atletico's third to send Atletico boss Diego Simeone delirious and running down the touchline in a manner reminiscent of Mourinho.

The Spanish side had won only one of nine previous fixtures away to English opposition - at Leicester in the 1997/98 UEFA Cup - but their second success extended their remarkable season.

It was Mourinho's fourth successive loss at the semi-final stage as the 2012 winners were eliminated and left to focus on their slim Premier League title hopes.

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