March 27, 2012: Champions League quarter-final, first leg v Benfica (A) W 1-0
Salomon Kalou's 75th-minute strike put Chelsea on course for a sixth semi-final in nine years against the team which contributed to Manchester United's elimination.
April 4, 2012: Champions League quarter-final, second leg v Benfica (H) W 2-1 (Chelsea won 3-1 on aggregate)
Chelsea advanced to the semi-finals against 10-man Benfica. Frank Lampard opened the scoring after controversial referee Damir Skomina awarded a hotly-disputed penalty. Javi Garcia equalised to set up a frantic finale, but Raul Meireles blasted home a breakaway goal as the Blues advanced.