In the most unlikely of circumstances, it was maligned striker Demba Ba who fired Chelsea into the Champions League semifinal having scored the crucial second goal in the club's dismantling of Paris Saint Germain in the quarterfinal stage.
Ba, along with Fernando Torres, has found it tough to hold down the lone striking role at Stamford Bridge, with manager Jose Mourinho electing to prefer a rotation policy or not fielding a striker at all, with the worst-kept Blues secret being that the club will be active in the summer transfer market as they look for an elite-level goal-scorer.
Ba perhaps scored the most lucrative goal of Chelsea's season on Tuesday evening, though.
He may have only scored five goals prior to his cameo role last night, but his sixth proved to be the most significant of the lot. He know has three goals from 144 minutes of combined Champions League football this season - an exceptional statistic.
Mourinho even drew comparisons to legendary hitman Didier Drogba when giving his post-match offering to Chelsea TV: "His contribution was massive in the game. After [the goal] he was fantastic. Fantastic central defender. He reminded me a bit of Didier in the old times when we needed him [in defence] in the last minutes."
Here's a selection of fan comments…
In the year 2014, on the 8th day of the 4th month, Ba scored the biggest goal of his career in the 87th minute and not a moment too soon.— Chelsea Alerts (@ChelseaAlerts) April 9, 2014
Demba Ba brought out of obscurity, is it enough to save his Chelsea career though? #CFC— Jack Lodge (@JCELodge) April 9, 2014
We should win the Champions League as a farewell to Demba Ba. That's how much that goal meant to us. Great character he's got. #CFC— Khalid (@khalidpschwarz) April 9, 2014