LONDON — Didier Drogba scored in the second minute of first-half stoppage time, and Chelsea held on to beat defending champion Barcelona 1-0 Wednesday night in the first leg of the Champions League semifinals.

Lionel Messi lost possession of the ball in midfield, and Frank Lampard passed to Ramires for a counterattack. Ramires' cross was swept into the goal by Drogba, who scuffed his shot but still beat goalkeeper Victor Valdes.

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Barcelona had 72 percent possession, with Alexis Sanchez hitting the crossbar in the ninth minute and Pedro Rodriguez striking a post in second-half injury time. It was the first Champions League loss in 14 months for Barcelona, seeking to become the first team to win consecutive titles since AC Milan.


IMPACT 1, D.C. UNITED 1: At Washington, Bernardo Corradi scored to help the Montreal Impact earn the first road point in team history.

SPORTING 3, WHITECAPS 1: At Vancouver, Aurelien Collin and Kei Kamara scored to help Sporting Kansas City win its seventh straight to start the season.


MONTERREY 2, SANTOS LAGUNA 0: At Monterrey, Mexico, Humberto Suazo scored twice in the first leg of the CONCACAF Champions League final. The second leg is April 25 in Torreon, Mexico.