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Chelsea leave it late to land historic Euro trophy double.

Byline: Matt McGeechan at the Amsterdam Arena

BENFICA 1 CARDOZO 68 (pen) CHELSEA 2TORRES 59 IVANOVIC 90 Attendance: 53,000 Referee: Bjorn Kuipers (Holland) CHELSEA last night became the first side to hold the Champions League and Europa League titles simultaneously as Branislav Ivanovic's stoppage-time header earned victory over Benfica in Amsterdam.

Fernando Torres' sixth goal in six Europa League games gave the 2012 Champions League winners a lead which was cancelled out by a penalty from Oscar Cardozo, awarded for handball against Cesar Azpilicueta.

Frank Lampard hit the bar in the 88th minute before the winner came from the most unlikely source as defender Ivanovic, who missed last May's Champions League win through suspension, headed in a corner in the first minute of stoppage time.

For 10 days Chelsea are holders of both Europe's club trophies after inflicting Benfica's seventh successive defeat in European finals. The Portuguese side's 51-year wait for glory goes on.

Much-derided interim boss Rafael Benitez has now delivered silverware to make Chelsea the fourth side - after Juventus, Ajax and Bayern Munich - to win all Uefa's top competitions.

The Londoners won the Cup Winners' Cup in 1970/71 and 1997/98 and the Champions League last season.

Chelsea, captained by Lampard after John Terry failed a fitness test, had to survive some early pressure as Cardozo and Eduardo Salvio had efforts blocked and Nicolas Gaitan scooped a shot over.

Oscar had Chelsea's first shot after 27 minutes, firing straight at Artur before Benfica, with Matic influential in midfield, again enjoyed a period of dominance against a shaky Blues defence.

Lampard, who became Chelsea's record goalscorer last Saturday, attempted to spark his side into life and fired a swerving shot which sent Artur the wrong way, only for the goalkeeper to stick out a left hand to turn the ball over.

Chelsea's rearguard action continued either side of the interval as Gary Cahill and Azpilicueta conceded corners with Benfica players lurking menacingly.

Cardozo headed the ball in the net in the 51st minute but was adjudged to be offside as Chelsea survived once more before pouncing when another Benfica attack broke down.

Torres beat the lumbering Luisao for pace and then went around Artur before finding the net from a narrow angle to continue his Europa League hot streak.

Luisao was booked soon afterwards for a challenge on Torres, who has not scored in the Premier League in 2013.

Benfica swiftly levelled through their own prolific marksman. Azpilicueta was penalised for handball and Cardozo struck the penalty down the centre.

Cardozo struck a dipping volley which Cech turned over for a corner and then Lampard hit the crossbar with a right-footed effort from the edge of the box. With extra-time looming, Ramires won a corner, which Juan Mata floated into the box.

Ivanovic peeled away to the back post and his arching header left Artur flat-footed as the ball drifted into the corner.


| Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic gets up to head home the late winner against Benfica last night

The Chelsea squad and management celebrate their Europa League victory over Benfica in Amsterdam last night

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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Geographic Code:4EUNE
Date:May 16, 2013
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