With ten men and the matter apparently settled, Andrés Iniesta scored an injury-time goal for FC Barcelona against Chelsea last night, giving the Catalan team the crucial away goal they needed and a place in the Champions League final in Rome against Manchester United in three weeks. Chelsea felt hard-done by in the face of ungiven penalties by the referee, four by some accounts, while Barcelona will also rue the red card shown to Abidal for an apparently gentle nudge on Anelka, but ultimately Chelsea didn't score enough and Barça did. The Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdés managed to keep his team in the match after the home team took the lead with a stunning 'golazo' from Michael Essien; serious attempts by Drogba were kept out by Valdes's knees and hands. Meanwhile, Barcelona was dominating possession, but unable (as in the first leg at the Camp Nou) to get anywhere near the goal. In fact, Iniesta's goal was the team's only shot in the whole match in London that at all threatened Petr Cech. But it was enough.
Match reports: La Vanguardia (in Castilian), Avui (in Catalan), El Periodico (in Castilian), The Guardian (in English)
The Spanish Minister of Public Works José Blanco will be in Barcelona today to negotiate the transfer of responsibility for the local train services from the state to the Generalitat (article in Catalan, Avui). The President of the Catalan government, José Montilla, has warned that the discussions will be complex, but the general hope is that today's meeting will result in a set calendar and plan for the process (article in Castilian, El Periodico).