2013 UEFA Europa League Final

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2013 UEFA Europa League Final
2013 UEFA Europa League Final programme.jpg
Match programme cover
Event2012–13 UEFA Europa League
Date15 May 2013[1]
VenueAmsterdam Arena, Amsterdam
Man of the MatchBranislav Ivanović (Chelsea)[2]
RefereeBjörn Kuipers (Netherlands)[3]
WeatherPartly cloudy
13 °C (55 °F)
54% humidity[5]

The 2013 UEFA Europa League Final was the final match of the 2012–13 UEFA Europa League, the 42nd season of Europe's secondary club football tournament organised by 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, 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 Europa League, after becoming the first Champions League holders to be eliminated in the group stage. With this triumph, they became the first Champions League holders to win the Europa League, since the 2013 Champions League Final had not been played then.[8] Chelsea also became the fourth club, and first in England, to win all three major UEFA club titles, having won the Cup Winners' Cup in 1971 and 1998, and still held the Champions League title won for the first time the previous year.[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 making 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[edit]

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

Portugal Benfica Round England Chelsea
Opponent Result Champions League
Group stage
Opponent Result
Scotland Celtic 0–0 (A) Matchday 1 Italy Juventus 2–2 (H)
Spain Barcelona 0–2 (H) Matchday 2 Denmark Nordsjælland 4–0 (A)
Russia Spartak Moscow 1–2 (A) Matchday 3 Ukraine Shakhtar Donetsk 1–2 (A)
Russia Spartak Moscow 2–0 (H) Matchday 4 Ukraine Shakhtar Donetsk 3–2 (H)
Scotland Celtic 2–1 (H) Matchday 5 Italy Juventus 0–3 (A)
Spain Barcelona 0–0 (A) Matchday 6 Denmark Nordsjælland 6–1 (H)
Champions League Group G third place
Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Spain Barcelona 6 4 1 1 11 5 +6 13
Scotland Celtic 6 3 1 2 9 8 +1 10
Portugal Benfica 6 2 2 2 5 5 0 8
Russia Spartak Moscow 6 1 0 5 7 14 −7 3
Final standings Champions League Group E third place
Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Italy Juventus 6 3 3 0 12 4 +8 12
Ukraine Shakhtar Donetsk 6 3 1 2 12 8 +4 10[a]
England Chelsea 6 3 1 2 16 10 +6 10[a]
Denmark Nordsjælland 6 0 1 5 4 22 −18 1
Source:[citation needed]
  1. ^ a b Tiebreakers: Shakhtar Donetsk are ranked ahead of Chelsea on head-to-head away goals.
Opponent Agg. 1st leg 2nd leg Europa League
Knockout phase
Opponent Agg. 1st leg 2nd leg
Germany Bayer Leverkusen 3–1 1–0 (A) 2–1 (H) Round of 32 Czech Republic Sparta Prague 2–1 1–0 (A) 1–1 (H)
France Bordeaux 4–2 1–0 (H) 3–2 (A) Round of 16 Romania Steaua București 3–2 0–1 (A) 3–1 (H)
England Newcastle United 4–2 3–1 (H) 1–1 (A) Quarter-finals Russia Rubin Kazan 5–4 3–1 (H) 2–3 (A)
Turkey Fenerbahçe 3–2 0–1 (A) 3–1 (H) Semi-finals Switzerland Basel 5–2 2–1 (A) 3–1 (H)



Former Dutch international Patrick Kluivert, who won the UEFA Champions League with Ajax, 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[edit]

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] Chelsea captain and centre-back John Terry was also absent through injury. 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]


Benfica Portugal1–2England Chelsea
Cardozo Goal 68' (pen.) Report Torres Goal 60'
Ivanović Goal 90+3'
GK 1 Brazil Artur
RB 34 Portugal André Almeida
CB 4 Brazil Luisão (c) Yellow card 61'
CB 24 Argentina Ezequiel Garay Yellow card 45+1' Substituted off 78'
LB 25 Paraguay Lorenzo Melgarejo Substituted off 66'
RM 35 Argentina Enzo Pérez
CM 21 Serbia Nemanja Matić
LM 19 Spain Rodrigo Substituted off 66'
RF 20 Argentina Nicolás Gaitán
CF 7 Paraguay Óscar Cardozo
LF 18 Argentina Eduardo Salvio
GK 13 Portugal Paulo Lopes
DF 33 Brazil Jardel Substituted in 78'
MF 10 Argentina Pablo Aimar
MF 15 Netherlands Ola John Substituted in 66'
MF 23 Uruguay Jonathan Urretaviscaya
MF 89 Portugal André Gomes
FW 11 Brazil Lima Substituted in 66'
Portugal Jorge Jesus
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GK 1 Czech Republic Petr Čech
RB 28 Spain César Azpilicueta
CB 2 Serbia Branislav Ivanović
CB 24 England Gary Cahill
LB 3 England Ashley Cole
CM 8 England Frank Lampard (c)
CM 4 Brazil David Luiz
RW 7 Brazil Ramires
AM 10 Spain Juan Mata
LW 11 Brazil Oscar Yellow card 14'
CF 9 Spain Fernando Torres
GK 22 England Ross Turnbull
DF 19 Portugal Paulo Ferreira
MF 12 Nigeria John Obi Mikel
MF 21 Germany Marko Marin
MF 30 Israel Yossi Benayoun
MF 57 Netherlands Nathan Aké
FW 13 Nigeria Victor Moses
Spain 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, of which three may be used


See also[edit]


  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". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. Retrieved 15 May 2013.
  3. ^ "Kuipers to referee UEFA Europa League final". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 13 May 2013. Archived from the original on 7 June 2013. Retrieved 16 May 2013.
  4. ^ a b c d e "Full-time report" (PDF). UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 15 May 2013. Retrieved 15 May 2013.
  5. ^ "Tactical lineups" (PDF). UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 15 May 2013. Retrieved 15 May 2013.
  6. ^ "Wembley, Amsterdam ArenA, Prague get 2013 finals". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 16 June 2011. Archived from the original on 18 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". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 15 May 2013.
  10. ^ Oliver Kay (16 May 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". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 16 June 2011. Retrieved 3 May 2013.
  12. ^ "Amsterdam ArenA". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. Retrieved 3 May 2013.
  13. ^ "Amsterdam's historic finals". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. Retrieved 3 May 2013.
  14. ^ "Benfica's European final pedigree". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 10 May 2013. Retrieved 10 May 2013.
  15. ^ "Chelsea's European final pedigree". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 9 May 2013. Retrieved 9 May 2013.
  16. ^ "Benfica meet Chelsea in Europa League final". UEFA.com. 2 May 2013.
  17. ^ "Amsterdam denouement for Benfica and Chelsea". UEFA.com. 7 May 2013.
  18. ^ "Ambassador: Patrick Kluivert". UEFA.com.
  19. ^ "Ticketing information". UEFA.com.
  20. ^ "Europa League final ticket allocation 'beggars belief' - Chelsea Supporters' Trust chair". goal.com. 3 May 2013. Archived from the original on 17 December 2013.
  21. ^ "Hazard ruled out of UEFA Europa League final". UEFA.com. 14 May 2013. Retrieved 15 May 2013.
  22. ^ "Match Press Kit" (PDF). UEFA.com. 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). UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 15 May 2013. Retrieved 16 May 2013.

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