Lightning struck twice for Chelsea coach Guus Hiddink on Wednesday night, after Andres Iniesta's last-gasp effort sent Barcelona into the 2009 Champions League final on the away goals rule. Leading 1-0 after Michael Essien's early wonder-strike, the Blues appeared set to hold out and book a Champions League final rematch with Manchester United in Rome following last year's penalty shootout drama in Moscow. But the Catalans broke Chelsea hearts with their only shot on target of the match in the 93rd minute, giving Hiddink an all-too-familiar sinking feeling. In 2005, the Dutchman came agonisingly close to leading his PSV Eindhoven side into the 2005 showpiece against Liverpool in Istanbul, only for a late Massimo Ambrosini header to send AC Milan through on the away goals rule. Trailing 2-0 from the first-leg at the San Siro, Hiddink's men levelled the tie in Holland courtesy of goals from Ji-Sung Park - now with Manchester United - and Philip Cocu.
But with the tie set for extra time and the hosts having all the momentum, Ambrosini arrived on cue to head home a corner in injury-time to give Milan a 3-2 aggregate lead. And Carlo Ancelotti's side eventually progressed on the away goals after Cocu netted again seconds after the restart. In certain circles Hiddink is known as “The semi-finalist,” having lost with Holland in 1998, Korea in 2002, PSV in 2005, Russia in 2008 and now Chelsea in 2009. However, he did recently triumph with the Blues in their FA Cup semi-final with Arsenal at Wembley. NEWS: Iniesta blockbuster breaks Blues hearts PHOTOS: Chelsea 1-1 Barcelona NEWS: Last-gasp goal validates purist approach NEWS: Pep hero status further enshrined at Barca NEWS: Drogba likely to suffer ire of UEFA NEWS: Hiddink: Worst refereeing I've seen LA LIGA LOCA BLOG: What's Catalan for 'Have It'? NEWS: Media hails Iniesta and berates Drogba NEWS: United vs Barca hailed as dream final
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