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3 vs 1
Played
May 3, 2013 12:35 AM IST
Stamford Bridge — London
Referee:‬ J. Eriksson‎
Attendance:‬ 39403‎
 
Mohamed Salah 45+1′
52′ Victor Moses
 
59′ David Luiz
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Chelsea 3-1 Basel (Agg. 5-2)

David Luiz's brilliant long-range effort capped off the Blues' second-half comeback as they progressed to the Europa League final at the expense of their Swiss opponents

By Oliver Platt

  • Petr Cech
    76
    5
    3.00

    Petr Cech

    Saved well at Salah's feet in the first half, but could do little to prevent the winger converting a second clear-cut chance.

  • Branislav Ivanovic
    57
    13
    2.50

    Branislav Ivanovic

    Has not played with Cahill since February and with Bertrand also stepping into the back four, he looked a bit out of sync with the players either side of him at times. Salah got behind him twice and scored on the second occasion.

  • David Luiz
    118
    6
    3.50

    David Luiz

    Perhaps did not boss the midfield as he had done in the first leg, particularly in the first half, but buried a magnificent 30-yard effort with his left foot to put the tie to bed.

  • Gary Cahill
    67
    12
    3.50

    Gary Cahill

    Generally chose the right time to step up and drop off, making some timely interceptions and smart tackles as Basel focused their attacks through the middle.

  • César Azpilicueta
    65
    12
    3.50

    César Azpilicueta

    Defended astutely and proved an important player in transition with his accurate passing and direct running.

  • Ryan Bertrand
    50
    22
    3.00

    Ryan Bertrand

    Salah played more centrally than usual and so he often did not have a direct opponent to face. Supported Moses well and performed his defensive duties without fuss.

  • Ramires
    50
    12
    2.50

    Ramires

    Fairly subdued on the right flank before he was brought off in the second half as Rafa Benitez ensured he did not miss a second consecutive European final due to suspension.

  • Frank Lampard
    78
    19
    3.00

    Frank Lampard

    Supported the attack well and was inches away from equalling Bobby Tambling's goalscoring record in the first half when he hit the post.

  • Victor Moses
    77
    12
    3.50

    Victor Moses

    Tended to stick to the flank but used the ball well when it came his way. Laid on a big chance which Ramires failed to take before he made it 2-1 from close range.

  • Eden Hazard
    155
    19
    4.00

    Eden Hazard Top of the Match

    Excelled in a position off Torres, playing a key part in Chelsea's equaliser with a brilliant run and lay-off. A wonderful combination of speed, skill and purpose.

  • Fernando Torres
    208
    6
    3.50

    Fernando Torres

    Started brightly in his off-the-ball running but his shooting was erratic - one effort went out for a throw-in - before he slammed home a rebound to bring Chelsea level.

Substitutions

  • Nathan Ake
    44
    5

    Nathan Ake

    Stepped in for Luiz for the final 10 minutes.

  • Oscar
    81
    12
    3.00

    Oscar

    Replaced Ramires on the right and one superb passage of tricks saw him escape the attention of two or three defenders before his dangerous low cross was taken off Torres' toes.

  • Juan Mata
    76
    11

    Juan Mata

    Replaced Hazard for the final quarter of an hour.

  • Yann Sommer
    5
    9
    3.00

    Yann Sommer

    Could not do much about any of Chelsea's goals as his defence capitulated in front of him early in the second half.

  • Kay Voser
    4
    8
    3.00

    Kay Voser

    Dependable in a notable position of weakness for Basel in the first leg. Ramires did not ask too many questions but he did not give up anything easy.

  • Fabian Schär
    4
    8
    2.50

    Fabian Schär

    Had a strong first half, keeping Torres and Hazard in front of him, but the lack of midfield protection after the break made his job very difficult.

  • Gastón Sauro
    3
    7
    3.00

    Gastón Sauro

    Struggled to cope as the midfield in front of him began to allow Chelsea to advance through the centre of the pitch too easily, but in an individual sense he had otherwise looked fairly composed.

  • Markus Steinhöfer
    4
    7
    3.00

    Markus Steinhöfer

    Attacked with intent from right-back but he often faced two-on-one situations defensively as Salah drifted into the middle.

  • G. Serey Die
    6
    16
    2.00

    G. Serey Die Flop of the Match

    Erratic. It was remarkable he was not booked before the 88th minute given the way he crashed into tackles and his final ball often disappoints, although his mobility between boxes is useful.

  • Valentin Stocker
    3
    7
    3.50

    Valentin Stocker

    Slipped through a neat through ball which Salah converted to put Basel in front but otherwise he struggled to find space as he drifted inside.

  • Fabian Frei
    3
    10
    2.00

    Fabian Frei

    Crashed the crossbar with a shot in the second half, but the damage was done by that point and he has to take responsibility for the way Chelsea began to walk through the Basel midfield en route to goal.

  • Mohamed Salah
    16
    8
    3.50

    Mohamed Salah

    Looked the most likely player to cause Chelsea problems, but mainly with his runs in behind rather than for his work on the ball. Finished coolly to put Basel ahead.

  • Mohamed El Nenny
    8
    8
    3.00

    Mohamed El Nenny

    A talented ball player, but sometimes does not put up much of a fight when out of possession. His intelligent possession play led to Basel's opening goal, however.

  • Marco Streller
    6
    9
    3.00

    Marco Streller

    Did a good job bringing his team-mates into play in the first half and flashed a superb volley just wide of the far post, but brought off for Zoua shortly after the hour mark.

Substitutions

  • David Degen
    3
    7
    2.50

    David Degen

    Part of a puzzling double substitution as Streller and Stocker made way. Had little impact as Basel chased a lost cause.

  • Marcelo Díaz
    2
    8

    Marcelo Díaz

    Replaced Frei for the final 15 minutes.

  • Jacques Zoua
    3
    7
    2.50

    Jacques Zoua

    Provided an outlet in attack, but was wasteful when he got the ball after replacing Streller in attack.

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