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AMSTERDAM---Branislav Ivanovic scored
with an injury time header yesterday to give
Chelsea a 2-1 win over Benfica in the Europa
League final and secure the club s second
European title in as many seasons after win-
ning last year s Champions League.
The Serbian defender rose at the far post
to send a looping header over Benfica goal-
keeper Artur from a Juan Mata corner to seal
the match in the 93rd minute.
A Fernando Torres solo effort gave Chelsea
the lead on the hour mark and Oscar Cardozo
leveled from the penalty spot eight minutes
later---setting the stage for Ivanovic s last-
Chelsea won despite playing without two
key players, Belgium midfielder Eden Hazard
and veteran central defender John Terry, who
both picked up injuries in Sunday s 2-1 Pre-
mier League victory over Aston Villa. It was
the second year running that Terry had to
sit out a European final---he was suspended
for last year s Champions League decider and
could only look on as his team beat Bayern
Munich on penalties.
The last-minute defeat in front of 46,163
fans at the Amsterdam Arena meant more
heartache for Benfica, which has not lifted
a European trophy since 1962 when a prom-
ising 20-year-old striker called Eusebio fired
in two goals to power his team to a 5-3 victory
over Real Madrid, also in Amsterdam. Since
that victory, Benfica has now lost all six Euro-
pean finals it reached and Eusebio was on
hand to watch the latest defeat.
Torres, who has struggled to find the net
consistently for Chelsea since his 2011 transfer
from Liverpool, ignited the long-simmering
match just in the 60th minute.
The Spaniard collected the ball just inside
Benfica s half, used his strength to turn and
wrestle past Ezequiel Garay and then beat
captain Luisao before rounding Artur and
calmly slotting in the net from a tight angle.
He sprinted to the corner and struck a
Usain Bolt-style pose in front of the Chelsea
Chelsea s lead only lasted eight minutes
before Cesar Azpilicueta handled the ball just
inside the area and Cardozo smashed in the
penalty to bring Benfica level.
Both sides had chances in the closing stages,
with Petr Cech tipping over a dipping left-
foot Cardozo volley and Lampard firing a
long-range shot onto the bar in the 88th
minute before Ivanovic s match winning head-
er five minutes later. (AP)
ROME---Back pain forced Andy Murray to retire
midway through his second-round match at the
Italian Open yesterday. He may have to sit out
the French Open, too.
Elsewhere at the Foro Italico, two-time defending
champion Maria Sharapova eased past Spanish
qualifier Garbine Muguruza 6-2, 6-2. Also, rising
Polish player Jerzy Janowicz upset eighth-seeded
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-4, 7-6 (5) and celebrated by
ripping his shirt apart.
Murray, who was celebrating his 26th birthday,
walked off the court after winning the second set
against Spanish opponent Marcel Granollers.
"I have an issue with my lower back," Murray
said. "It s been an issue for a while."
Murray took a long injury break early in the sec-
ond set, getting his left thigh and lower back mas-
Granollers won the first set 6-3 and Murray won
the second 7-6 (5).
This tournament is a key warm-up for Roland
Garros, the year s second Grand Slam, which starts
on May 26.
Sharapova will next face 16th-seeded Sloane
Stephens, the American who reached the Australian
Open semifinals in January with a win over Serena
Stephens rallied past Kiki Bertens of the Nether-
lands 4-6, 6-3, 6-2.
Earlier, the 22-year-old Janowicz improved his
record against top-ten opponents to 3-5, having
closed last year by reaching the Paris Masters final
as a qualifier, beating Murray and Janko Tipsarevic
along the way. The 24th-ranked Janowicz is one of
only five players under the age of 24 in the top 40.
In a rough day for seeded players, Jeremy Chardy
of France upset No 16 Kei Nishikori of Japan 6-
In the women s tournament, last year s runner-
up Li Na beat fellow Chinese player Zheng Jie 6-
3, 6-1; seventh-seeded Sara Errani battled past
Christina McHale of the United States 7-5, 5-7, 6-
2; and 12th-seeded Maria Kirilenko eliminated Var-
vara Lepchenko of the United States 6-3, 6-1.
Also, 13th-seeded Roberta Vinci beat wild card
and fellow Italian Nastassja Burnett 6-1, 6-4; 14th-
seeded Dominika Cibulkova rallied past Melanie
Oudin of the United States 5-7, 6-1, 6-3; and two-
time champion Jelena Jankovic routed fellow Serb
Bojana Jovanovski 6-2, 6-0.
Back pain forces
Murray out Italian Open
Ivanovic header gives
Chelsea Europa title
Chelsea players celebrate with the trophy after winning
the Europa League final soccer match between Benfica and
Chelsea at ArenA stadium in Amsterdam, Netherlands,
yesterday. Chelsea defeated Benfica 2-1. AP PHOTO
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