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2013 UEFA Europa League Final

2013 UEFA Europa League Final
Event 2012–13 UEFA Europa League
Date 15 May 2013[1]
Venue Amsterdam Arena, Amsterdam
Man of the Match Branislav Ivanović (Chelsea)[2]
Referee Björn Kuipers (Netherlands)[3]
Attendance 46,163[4]
Weather Partly cloudy
13 °C (55 °F)
54% humidity[5]

The 2013 UEFA Europa League Final was the final match of the UEFA, and the 4th season since it was renamed from the UEFA Cup to the UEFA Europa League. The match was played at the Amsterdam Arena in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, on 15 May 2013,[6] between Portuguese side Benfica and English side Chelsea. Chelsea won 2–1 to secure their first title in this competition.[7]

Chelsea were the first UEFA Champions League title holders to play in the following season's UEFA Europa League, after becoming the first Champions League holders to be eliminated in the group stage. With this triumph, they became the first team to win the Champions League followed by the Europa League in successive seasons.[8] Chelsea also became the fourth club, after Juventus, Ajax and Bayern Munich, to win all three major UEFA club titles, having won the UEFA Champions League in 2012, and the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup in 1971 and 1998.[9] Chelsea were also the first team since Manchester United in the 1991 European Cup Winners' Cup Final to win a major European final without the use of any substitutions.[10]

As a result of winning this competition, Chelsea secured a place in the 2013 UEFA Super Cup against the winners of the 2012–13 UEFA Champions League, Bayern Munich.


The match was played at Amsterdam Arena in front of more than 46,000 spectators.

The Amsterdam Arena was announced as the venue of the 2013 UEFA Europa League final on 16 June 2011.[11] The home stadium of Ajax since 1996, it staged the 1998 UEFA Champions League Final, where Real Madrid beat Juventus 1–0 for their seventh title, and was also one of the UEFA Euro 2000 venues, hosting five games including a semi-final.[12]

The previous home for Ajax's European matches, the Olympisch Stadion, also played host to European finals. One-legged finals include the 1962 European Cup Final, where Benfica defeated Real Madrid 5–3, and the 1977 European Cup Winners' Cup Final, where Anderlecht were beaten 2–0 by Hamburg. It also hosted the second legs of the 1981 UEFA Cup Final, between AZ '67 and Ipswich Town, and of the 1992 UEFA Cup Final, between Ajax and Torino.[13]


Benfica qualified for their ninth European final, the first in 23 years since their 1–0 loss to Milan in the 1990 European Cup Final. Previous appearances include back-to-back victories in the 1961 and 1962 European Cup finals (3–2 over Barcelona and 5–3 over Real Madrid, respectively) and unsuccessful presences in five other European Cup finals – 1963 (1–2 to Milan), 1965 (0–1 to Internazionale), 1968 (1–4 to Manchester United), 1988 (0–0, 5–6 on penalties to PSV Eindhoven) and 1990 (0–1 to Milan) – and one UEFA Cup final in 1983 (1–2 on aggregate to Anderlecht).[14]

Before this season, Chelsea had never reached a final of the UEFA Cup or UEFA Europa League. They previously appeared in two UEFA Cup Winners' Cup finals in 1971 (2–1 win over Real Madrid) and 1998 (1–0 win over Stuttgart), and two UEFA Champions League finals in 2008 (1–1, lost 5–6 on penalties to Manchester United) and 2012 (1–1, won 4–3 on penalties over Bayern Munich).[15]

The only previous meeting between Benfica and Chelsea in European competition was in the 2011–12 UEFA Champions League quarter-finals, which the English won 3–1 on aggregate (1–0 in Lisbon and 2–1 in London) en route to the title.[16] Both Benfica and Chelsea finished third in the 2012–13 UEFA Champions League group stage, and entered the 2012–13 Europa League in the round of 32.[17] It was the fourth time in the tournament's history that both finalists featured in the Champions League group stage earlier in the season, after 2000, 2002 and 2009.

Road to the final

Note: In all results below, the score of the finalist is given first.

Benfica Round Chelsea
Opponent Result Champions League
Group stage
Opponent Result
Celtic 0–0 (A) Matchday 1 Juventus 2–2 (H)
Barcelona 0–2 (H) Matchday 2 Nordsjælland 4–0 (A)
Spartak Moscow 1–2 (A) Matchday 3 Shakhtar Donetsk 1–2 (A)
Spartak Moscow 2–0 (H) Matchday 4 Shakhtar Donetsk 3–2 (H)
Celtic 2–1 (H) Matchday 5 Juventus 0–3 (A)
Barcelona 0–0 (A) Matchday 6 Nordsjælland 6–1 (H)
Champions League Group G third place
Team Pld
Barcelona 6 4 1 1 11 5 +6 13
Celtic 6 3 1 2 9 8 +1 10
Benfica 6 2 2 2 5 5 0 8
Spartak Moscow 6 1 0 5 7 14 −7 3
Final standings Champions League Group E third place
Team Pld
Juventus 6 3 3 0 12 4 +8 12
Shakhtar Donetsk 6 3 1 2 12 8 +4 10
Chelsea 6 3 1 2 16 10 +6 10
Nordsjælland 6 0 1 5 4 22 −18 1
Opponent Agg. 1st leg 2nd leg Europa League
Knockout phase
Opponent Agg. 1st leg 2nd leg
Bayer Leverkusen 3–1 1–0 (A) 2–1 (H) Round of 32 Sparta Prague 2–1 1–0 (A) 1–1 (H)
Bordeaux 4–2 1–0 (H) 3–2 (A) Round of 16 Steaua București 3–2 0–1 (A) 3–1 (H)
Newcastle United 4–2 3–1 (H) 1–1 (A) Quarter-finals Rubin Kazan 5–4 3–1 (H) 2–3 (A)
Fenerbahçe 3–2 0–1 (A) 3–1 (H) Semi-finals Basel 5–2 2–1 (A) 3–1 (H)



Former Dutch international Patrick Kluivert was appointed as the official ambassador for the final.[18]


The international ticket sales phase for the general public ran from 3 December 2012 to 18 January 2013. Tickets were available in four price categories: 135, €100, €70, and €45.[19] Each finalist club was allocated 9,800 tickets.[20]


Team selection

Chelsea's Eden Hazard was ruled out of the final after not recovering from a hamstring injury he suffered in Chelsea's 2–1 Premier League victory against Aston Villa on 11 May.[21] Three players faced their former clubs: Benfica's Nemanja Matić, who was transferred from Chelsea, and Chelsea's David Luiz and Ramires, who were transferred from Benfica.[22]


Fernando Torres put Chelsea ahead midway through the second half rounding the goalkeeper and clipping in after being put clean in on goal by Juan Mata. Óscar Cardozo equalised with a penalty eight minutes later awarded after Eduardo Salvio's header struck César Azpilicueta's hand. Branislav Ivanović scored in the final minute of stoppage time with a header into the far corner from a Mata corner from the right to clinch a 2–1 win for Chelsea and with it their first Europa League title.[7][8]


15 May 2013
20:45 CEST
Benfica 1–2 Chelsea
Cardozo Goal 68' (pen.) Report Torres Goal 60'
Ivanović Goal 90+3'
Amsterdam Arena, Amsterdam
Attendance: 46,163[4]
Referee: Björn Kuipers (Netherlands)
GK 1 Artur
RB 34 André Almeida
CB 4 Luisão (c) Booked 61'
CB 24 Ezequiel Garay Booked 45+1' Substituted off 78'
LB 25 Lorenzo Melgarejo Substituted off 66'
CM 35 Enzo Pérez
CM 21 Nemanja Matić
RW 18 Eduardo Salvio
AM 19 Rodrigo Substituted off 66'
LW 20 Nicolás Gaitán
CF 7 Óscar Cardozo
GK 13 Paulo Lopes
DF 33 Jardel Substituted in 78'
MF 89 André Gomes
MF 23 Jonathan Urretaviscaya
MF 10 Pablo Aimar
MF 15 Ola John Substituted in 66'
FW 11 Lima Substituted in 66'
Jorge Jesus
GK 1 Petr Čech
RB 28 César Azpilicueta
CB 2 Branislav Ivanović
CB 24 Gary Cahill
LB 3 Ashley Cole
CM 8 Frank Lampard (c)
CM 4 David Luiz
RW 7 Ramires
AM 10 Juan Mata
LW 11 Oscar Booked 14'
CF 9 Fernando Torres
GK 22 Ross Turnbull
DF 19 Paulo Ferreira
MF 12 John Obi Mikel
MF 21 Marko Marin
MF 30 Yossi Benayoun
MF 57 Nathan Aké
FW 13 Victor Moses
Rafael Benítez

Man of the Match:
Branislav Ivanović (Chelsea)[2]

Assistant referees:[4]
Sander van Roekel (Netherlands)
Erwin Zeinstra (Netherlands)
Fourth official:[4]
Felix Brych (Germany)
Additional assistant referees:[4]
Pol van Boekel (Netherlands)
Richard Liesveld (Netherlands)

Match rules[23]

  • 90 minutes.
  • 30 minutes of extra time if necessary.
  • Penalty shoot-out if scores still level.
  • Seven named substitutes.
  • Maximum of three substitutions.


See also


  1. ^ "Amsterdam the Europa League aim". UEFA. 22 June 2012. 
  2. ^ a b Atkin, John (15 May 2013). "Ivanović heads Chelsea to Europa League glory". (Union of European Football Associations). Retrieved 15 May 2013. 
  3. ^ "Kuipers to referee UEFA Europa League final". (Union of European Football Associations). 13 May 2013. Retrieved 16 May 2013. 
  4. ^ a b c d e "Full-time report" (PDF). Union of European Football Associations. 15 May 2013. Retrieved 15 May 2013. 
  5. ^ "Tactical lineups" (PDF). Union of European Football Associations. 15 May 2013. Retrieved 15 May 2013. 
  6. ^ "Wembley, Amsterdam ArenA, Prague get 2013 finals". (Union of European Football Associations). 16 June 2011. Retrieved 16 June 2011. 
  7. ^ a b "Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic climbs highest to sink Benfica". Guardian UK. 15 May 2013. Retrieved 21 May 2013. 
  8. ^ a b "Ivanovic rises high in injury time to seal dramatic Europa League success for Benitez's Blues". Daily Mail. 15 May 2013. Retrieved 21 May 2013. 
  9. ^ "Chelsea join illustrious trio". Union of European Football Associations. 15 May 2013. 
  10. ^ Oliver Kay (May 16, 2013). "Torres far from feeling blue as he delivers epic performance [Champions in numbers (statistics box)]". The Times No. 70886. Retrieved 16 May 2013. 
  11. ^ "Amsterdam ArenA to stage 2013 Europa League final". Union of European Football Associations. 16 June 2011. Retrieved 3 May 2013. 
  12. ^ "Amsterdam ArenA". Union of European Football Associations. Retrieved 3 May 2013. 
  13. ^ "Amsterdam's historic finals". Union of European Football Associations. Retrieved 3 May 2013. 
  14. ^ "Benfica's European final pedigree". Union of European Football Associations. 10 May 2013. Retrieved 10 May 2013. 
  15. ^ "Chelsea's European final pedigree". Union of European Football Associations. 9 May 2013. Retrieved 9 May 2013. 
  16. ^ "Benfica meet Chelsea in Europa League final". 2 May 2013. 
  17. ^ "Amsterdam denouement for Benfica and Chelsea". 7 May 2013. 
  18. ^ "Ambassador: Patrick Kluivert". 
  19. ^ "Ticketing information". 
  20. ^ "Europa League final ticket allocation 'beggars belief' - Chelsea Supporters' Trust chair". 3 May 2013. 
  21. ^ "Hazard ruled out of UEFA Europa League final". 14 May 2013. Retrieved 15 May 2013. 
  22. ^ "Match Press Kit". 15 May 2013. Retrieved 15 May 2013. 
  23. ^ "Regulations of the UEFA Europa League 2012/13" (PDF). Nyon: UEFA. March 2012. Retrieved 1 June 2012. 
  24. ^ a b c "Team statistics: Full time" (PDF). Union of European Football Associations. 15 May 2013. Retrieved 16 May 2013. 

External links

  • 2012–13 UEFA Europa League,
  • 2013 final: Amsterdam Arena,
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