Goal of the Week: Branislav Ivanovic

Now of Zenit St. Petersburg, our goal of the week comes from Blues legend Branislav Ivanovic, whose last minute header secured a dramatic Europa League title. 

The ball runs into the corner, and Ramires knocks it against Benfica defender Jardel for a corner. Barely a minute remained on the clock.

Screams of “Come on Chelsea! Come on Chelsea!” were being roared from the faithful travelling fans behind the goal, as they prayed for a last minute winner.

It would be a goal that would salvage the Blue’s season. Chelsea had garnered the unfortunate record of being the only side to win a Champions League, then crash out at the group stages the very next season.

The fall from grace had seen manager Roberto Di Matteo sacked and replaced with former Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez. While controversial at the time, Rafa became a hit with the fans as he quickly turned the club’s fortunes around. He had peached the pinnacle of that U-turn by reaching the Europa League final.

The whistle blows for the corner to be taken. The ball is floated in and time stands still as Branislav Ivanovic leaps for it at the back post.

Elation. A last minute winner. A first Europa League trophy. A season salvaged.

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