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Cahill: Watching drama tougher than playing

GARY CAHILL admitted he and John Terry went through agony watching Chelsea's sensational Champions League semi-final win over Barcelona after both were forced to witness most of the game on television.

Cahill was still reeling from the devastation of leaving the field with a hamstring injury when he was joined by Terry, who inexplicably got himself sent off in the Blues' astonishing 2-2 second-leg draw at the Nou Camp.

Terry's moment of madness -- the Chelsea captain kneed Alexis Sanchez from behind eight minutes before half-time -- looked to have been fatal, with Barca having already levelled the tie before going 2-0 up on the night.

But Cahill and Terry then witnessed Chelsea's 10 men produce one of the most heroic displays in the history of European football to secure a draw and win 3-2 on aggregate.

Cahill said: "I was devastated that I had no more part to play in the game and, when I looked up and saw JT come through the door, I'll be honest, I probably feared the worst.

"But the lads were outstanding, the way they stuck together and ground out the result. It was amazing. I was about four times more nervous than playing, watching the game, just in the changing room praying that it would go all right and, luckily, in the end it did."

Having seen Lionel Messi smash the crossbar with a penalty and also hit the post in the second half, Cahill and Terry's victory jig began when Fernando Torres came off the bench to score the tie's clinching goal.


"Unbelievable, watching it on the screens," Cahill said. "We nearly took the roof off when that went in."

Having initially disputed his sending-off after taking an age to leave the field, Terry then held his hands up.

"I've seen the replay and it does look bad," he said. "I'm not that type of player to intentionally hurt anyone.

"I'm disappointed but delighted for the lads. I've apologised to them and I want to apologise to the fans as well.

"At the time, I was bewildered because I was trying to protect myself a little bit, but looking at it on the replay, I've no complaints.

"I've let the lads down. They've performed brilliantly, so hopefully this doesn't take it away from the players."

Terry will miss the final along with Ramires, Branislav Ivanovic and Raul Meireles, all of whom picked up bookings that earned them suspensions.