Raul Miereles scores belter to help Chelsea into Champions League semi-finals


He may have a haircut that looks like a small rodent died on his head, but Raul Miereles can certainly score some impressive goals, and did so again last night to confirm Chelsea’s place in the Champions League semi-finals.

The Portuguese midfielder picked up the ball just inside the Benfica half and carried it forward before unleashing a shot from outside the box that crashed into the top corner. It made the score 2-1 on the night to Roberto Di Matteo’s team, and 3-1 on aggregate.

Earlier on Frank Lampard had given the Blues the lead from the penalty spot before Javi Garcia’s headed equaliser.

It means Chelsea are now 10.00 to lift the Champions League, the longest odds in the market, probably because they face holders Barcelona in the semi-final.

Meanwhile, Real Madrid were cruising past Cypriot minnows APOEL 5-2 on the night (8-2 on aggregate) to set up a semi-final clash with Bayern Munich.

Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice, including a stunning free-kick, and Kaka also bent one in from range to wrap up a comfortable victory.

Jose Mourinho’s men are second favourites to win the Champions League at 3.75, while dark horses Bayern are at 6.00.