Lukaku, Mata & more: Twitter reacts as Chelsea win Europa League title
Romelu Lukaku and Juan Mata both tweet their thoughts after Chelsea beat Benfica 2-1 to lift the Europa League trophy
Branislav Ivanović scored a stoppage-time winner against Benfica to secure Chelsea’s first-ever Europa League triumph in Amsterdam.
Óscar Cardozo levelled from the spot in the 68th minute after Fernando Torres had made the breakthrough in the second half, before Ivanović guided a header past Artur Moraes on the stroke of full-time.
Here is a selection of our favourite tweets from the professionals, both past and present and in chronological order, after Chelsea secured their second European title in as many seasons.
Former Aston Villa manager Brian Little (@brianlittle9122) warns Chelsea of the Benfica danger-man: “I’ve watched Benfica games this season good going forward .. Beware Óscar Cardozo!!!!”
Ex-Tottenham chairman Lord Sugar (@Lord_Sugar) will presumably be watching The Apprentice: “To be honest I could not care less who wins the match tonight Chelsea v Benfica!”
England legend Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) reckons the Portuguese side will pay for missing so many chances in the first half: “I fancy Benfica may pay for their profligacy. #UELfinal”
Former Newcastle goalkeeper Shaka Hislop (@ShakaHislop) is impressed by the Benfica goalkeeper’s save to deny Frank Lampard: “What a save by Artur!! That replay from the reverse angle really did it justice. I can’t remember seeing a European final this one-sided in ages!! In nearly 12 months.”
Chelsea legend Ruud Gullit (@GullitR) admits his former side are lucky to be level: “Thanks to @benfica is @chelseafc still alive.”
Former Middlesbrough midfielder Gaizka Mendieta (@GaizkaMendieta6) is delighted to see his compatriot score: “Torres scores in the purest Torres style!! 1-0 #EuropaLeaguefinal”
Marseille midfielder Joey Barton (@Joey7Barton) reckons Cardozo’s equaliser is merited: “1-1 about fair. Benfica look more likely tonight. Still fancy Chelsea though.”
Doncaster Rovers striker David Cotterill (@cotterill_david) reckons he can see a few United fans: “Did I just see Benfica fans with Man United shirts on or was that just me?! #EuropaLeaguefinal”
Swansea midfielder Wayne Routledge (@WayneRoutledge) is amazed by an ambitious Lampard effort: “Omg if that goes in from Lampard there…”
Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud (@_OlivierGiroud_) is equally impressed: “Lampaaard! What a shot!!!”
QPR striker Jay Bothroyd (@jaybothroyd) reacts after Ivanović’s header: “Wow!!!!! Invanovic with a great header game done!!”
West Brom striker Romelu Lukaku (@RomeluLukaku9) is thrilled for his parent club: “Yessssss we did it again c’mon….. Ivanović well doneeeee! #CFC #championsofeurope!”
Arsenal legend Ian Wright (@IanWright0) praises the interim boss: “Delighted that Rafa has shown that class will always rise to the top whatever the obstacles!”
Ex-Wimbledon striker Jason Euell (@jasoneuell) wants to know what Chelsea supporters have to say now: “Torres is rubbish & Get Rafa out.. Haha Loads eating humble pie now. Congrats #cfc”
Finally, Juan Mata posts his delight on Instagram: “We did it again! Another European title! Very proud of this team! #EuropaLeagueChampions #Chelsea #ktbffh”