Chelsea defeated Benfica 2-1 in the Europa League final thanks to a dramatic late winner from Branislav Ivanović.

The Serbian stooped to meet Juan Mata's corner at the far post and his header floated over the hapless Benifca goalkeeper Artur to send the travelling Blues into raptures inside the Amsterdam ArenA.

Having failed to lift silverware in seven previous competitions already this season, Chelsea guaranteed a trophy to follow their Champions League success of last year.

Ivanović was suspended for last year's triumph in Munich, but was on hand to capitalise for European club football's consolation prize.

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Ivanović celebrates his late winner


Fernando Torres coolly rounded Artur for a brilliant opener on 59 minutes, however César Azpilicueta's handball less than 10 minutes later enabled Óscar Cardozo to level from the penalty spot.

Referee Björn Kuipers dismissed Chelsea's appeals for a penalty on Torres before Petr Čech was alert to tip over a Cardozo volley on 83 minutes. Frank Lampard smashed the crossbar at the other end with an outrageous 25-yard strike with stoppage-time looming.

Deep into the three minutes added on, the dogged Brazilian midfielder Ramires won a corner, which allowed Mata to whip in the set-piece which led to Ivanović's looping header for a second European trophy in as many seasons for the Blues.

Maligned manager Rafael Benítez, ending his six months with silver, said: "It was a great performance in the second half but I'm pleased for the team and everyone involved."

Chelsea now join Ajax, Bayern Munich and Juventus in winning all three European trophies, including the now defunct European Cup Winners' Cup.

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    AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - MAY 15: The teams line up prior to the UEFA Europa League Final between SL Benfica and Chelsea FC at Amsterdam Arena on May 15, 2013 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Christof Koepsel/Getty Images)

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    AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - MAY 15: The teams walk out past the trophy during the UEFA Europa League Final between SL Benfica and Chelsea FC at Amsterdam Arena on May 15, 2013 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

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    Chelsea supporters wave flags during the UEFA Europa League final football match between Benfica and Chelsea on May 15, 2013 at the Amsterdam ArenA in Amsterdam. AFP PHOTO / ADRIAN DENNIS (Photo credit should read ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images)

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    AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - MAY 15: John Terry of Chelsea looks on during the UEFA Europa League Final between SL Benfica and Chelsea FC at Amsterdam Arena on May 15, 2013 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

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    AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - MAY 15: The Chelsea flag is seen during the opening ceremony during the UEFA Europa League Final between SL Benfica and Chelsea FC at Amsterdam Arena on May 15, 2013 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Christof Koepsel/Getty Images)

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    AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - MAY 15: Lorenzo Melgarejo of Benfica and David Luiz of Chelsea compete for the ball during the UEFA Europa League Final between SL Benfica and Chelsea FC at Amsterdam Arena on May 15, 2013 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Christof Koepsel/Getty Images)

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    AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - MAY 15: Ramires of Chelsea and Ezequiel Garay of Benfica battle for the ball during the UEFA Europa League Final between SL Benfica and Chelsea FC at Amsterdam Arena on May 15, 2013 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)

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    AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - MAY 15: Ramires of Chelsea and Ezequiel Garay of Benfica battle for the ball during the UEFA Europa League Final between SL Benfica and Chelsea FC at Amsterdam Arena on May 15, 2013 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)

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    AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - MAY 15: (L-R)Ex-Benfica footballer Eusebio, UEFA President Michel Platini and Ex-Ajax and Netherlands footballer Johan Cruyff speak during the UEFA Europa League Final between SL Benfica and Chelsea FC at Amsterdam Arena on May 15, 2013 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Scott Heavey/Getty Images)

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    Benfica's supporters cheer their team prior to the UEFA Europa League final football match between Benfica and Chelsea on May 15, 2013 at Amsterdam ArenA in Amsterdam. AFP PHOTO / FRANCK FIFE (Photo credit should read FRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images)

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    AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - MAY 15: Benfica fans soak up the atmopshere during the UEFA Europa League Final between SL Benfica and Chelsea FC at Amsterdam Arena on May 15, 2013 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)

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    Former French football player and TV consultant Robert Pires is pictured ahead of the UEFA Europa League final football match between Benfica and Chelsea on May 15, 2013 at Amsterdam ArenA in Amsterdam. AFP PHOTO / FRANCK FIFE (Photo credit should read FRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images)

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    The Europa League trophy is displayed inside the Arena ahead of the UEFA Europa League final football match between Benfica and Chelsea on May 15, 2013 at Amsterdam ArenA in Amsterdam. AFP PHOTO / FRANCK FIFE (Photo credit should read FRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Chelsea's English defender John Terry (L) answers questions by French former football player Marcel Dessailly (R) ahead of the UEFA Europa League final football match between Benfica and Chelsea on May 15, 2013 at Amsterdam ArenA in Amsterdam. AFP PHOTO / JOHN THYS (Photo credit should read JOHN THYS/AFP/Getty Images)

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    The Europa League trophy is displayed inside the Arena ahead of the UEFA Europa League final football match between Benfica and Chelsea on May 15, 2013 at Amsterdam ArenA in Amsterdam. AFP PHOTO / FRANCK FIFE (Photo credit should read FRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Benfica's supporters cheer prior to the UEFA Europa League final football match between Benfica and Chelsea on May 15, 2013 at Amsterdam ArenA in Amsterdam. AFP PHOTO / FRANCK FIFE (Photo credit should read FRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Benfica's supporters cheer prior to the UEFA Europa League final football match between Benfica and Chelsea on May 15, 2013 at Amsterdam ArenA in Amsterdam. AFP PHOTO / FRANCK FIFE (Photo credit should read FRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images)