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AMSTERDAM, Netherlands -- Branislav Ivanovic scored on a looping header from Juan Matas corner kick in the third minute of stoppage time, and Chelsea beat Benfica 2-1 Wednesday night to win the Europa League following its Champions League title last year. Fernando Torres put Chelsea ahead in the 60th minute, but Oscar Cardozo tied the score when he converted a penalty kick eight minutes later after a hand ball by Cesar Azpilcueta. Chelsea earned the stoppage-time corner kick when Ramires knocked the ball off Jardel and over the end line. Suspended for last years Champions League final for yellow-card accumulation, Ivanonic rose between Jardel and Andre Almeida and from 8 yards headed the ball over goalkeeper Artur, who failed to move. The goal came at 2:13 of three minutes of stoppage time, and Ivanovic slid to the nearest corner flag, punched it and was mobbed by teammates, "Its been an amazing time for all of us involved," said Frank Lampard who wore the Chelsea captains armband in John Terrys absence. "Talk about ups and downs in the last two years! But this is a big up." Manager Rafa Benitez, who replaced Robero di Matteo in November, led the Blues to the only major title they had not won. Many Chelsea fans remain angry at Di Matteos departure, after he led the club to its first Champions League title. Others havent forgiven Benitez for allegedly disparaging comments he made toward Chelsea while Liverpool manager earlier in his career. Benitez already has said he will leave at the end of the season, and Jose Mourinho appears likely to replace him for a second stint as Chelsea manager. "That was a great performance in the second half, against a very good team," Benitez said. "Im really pleased for the players and everyone involved." Playing its 68th match of the season, Chelsea won despite missing Terry and midfielder Eden Hazard, both injured in Sundays 2-1 Premier League victory over Aston Villa. Terry was suspended for last years Champions League final, won on penalty kicks over Bayern Munich. "Its a great feeling. This team deserved this, because we have had a very difficult season and a lot of games," Ivanovic said. "In the end, today was a very hard game and Benfica played very well. ... We deserve that trophy." The win made Benitez only the second coach, after three-time champion Giovanni Trapattoni, to win the trophy with more than one club. Benitez first won the competition in 2004 with Valencia. Chelsea also joined Juventus, Ajax and Bayern Munich as only the clubs to win all three European titles. The Londoners won the now-defunct Cup Winners Cup in 1971 and 1998. However, it was a bitterly frustrating end to the night for Benfica coach Jorge Jesus. "For most of the 93 minutes, Benfica was better than Chelsea," he said. "Benfica showed the world that they should be a worthy winner." Before a crowd of 46,163 at Amsterdam Arena, Benfica lost its sixth straight European final since winning the Champions Clubs Cup in 1962, when promising 20-year-old striker Eusebio scored twice to beat Real Madrid 5-3 in Amsterdam. Eusebio was among the spectators for this final. Torres, who has nine European goals this season but just seven in the Premier League, scored when he collected the ball just inside Benficas half, used his strength to turn and wrestle past Ezequiel Garay and then beat captain Luisao before rounding Artur and slotting from a tight angle. Torres sprinted to the corner and struck a Usain Bolt-style pose in front of the Chelsea fans. It was the second straight crushing late loss for Benfica. On Saturday, Portos Kelvin scored in stoppage time for a 2-1 win that moved Porto past Benfica into the Portuguese league lead with one game left. wholesale jerseys . The Trail Blazers started their six-game road trip by remedying a sloppy performance with a large dose of their All-Star big man. cheap authentic nfl jerseys . Chicago hired New Orleans Saints line coach Aaron Kromer as its line coach and offensive co-ordinator and Dallas Joe DeCamillis as its assistant head coach and special teams co-ordinator. http://www.nflcheapjerseysonline.biz/ . The Maple Leafs halted a five-game slide with Wednesdays 4-2 victory against visiting Tampa Bay. The victory gave Toronto a 1-1-1 record on its three-game homestand, bring the Leafs home mark to 7-6-2 this season. cheap jerseys online . For the first time since arriving 15 months ago for 35 million pounds (then $56 million), the former Newcastle striker has scored in consecutive games. An 87th-minute header completed a comeback against Everton and clinched a 2-1 victory that kept the League Cup winners on course for a cup double. nfl cheap jerseys . JOHNS, N. ARLINGTON, Va. -- A day after clinching a sixth consecutive playoff berth, the Washington Capitals have re-signed forwards Eric Fehr and Aaron Volpatti. Fehr, a right wing, got a $3 million, two-year deal. Volpatti, a left wing, will make $1.15 million over his two-year contract. Both agreements were announced Wednesday. The 27-year-old Fehrs split is $1.4 million next season, andd $1.dddddddddddd6 million in 2014-15. He has eight goals and eight assists this season, and leads the Southeast Division champions with a plus-14 rating. The 28-year-old Volpatti makes $550,000 in 2013-14, and $600,000 in 2014-15. He was claimed off waivers in February and has one goal, one assist and 33 penalty minutes in 31 games with Vancouver and Washington this season. ' ' ' 
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