Champions League: On-loan goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois made the difference, admits Chelsea F.C.'s Jose Mourinho

Thibaut Courtois, on loan at Atletico Madrid from Chelsea, made a crucial save in the second half that went on to cost Chelsea the game in the semi-final of the Champions League.

updated: May 01, 2014 09:40 IST
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London: Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho was left to rue the performance of the club's own goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois after their Champions League semi-final elimination by Atletico Madrid.

Belgian international Courtois, 21, has been on loan at Atletico from Chelsea since 2011 and he produced a save in Wednesday's second leg at Stamford Bridge that Mourinho identified as the key moment in the tie.

With Atletico ahead on away goals after Adrian Lopez had cancelled out Fernando Torres's 36th-minute opener for Chelsea, Courtois plunged to his left to block a header from home skipper John Terry.

Moments later Diego Costa put Atletico 2-1 up from the penalty spot after he had been fouled by Samuel Eto'o and a late Arda Turan effort completed a 3-1 victory that set up a showdown with city rivals Real Madrid in the final in Lisbon on May 24. (Diego Simeone excited by all-Madrid final)

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