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May 2, 2013
• Stamford Bridge, London
Referee: J. Eriksson
• Attendance: 39403
Fernando Torres 50'
V. Moses 52'
David Luiz 59'
Chelsea win Aggregate 5 - 2
Mohamed Salah 45'+
90' + 4'
And that is that. Chelsea win 3-1 on the night, 5-2 on aggregate and they go through to the Europa League final on May 14, where they look set to play Benfica, barring any late drama in Lisbon.
90' + 2'
Oscar skips past one tackle and then charges towards the Basel goal. The Brazilian shapes to shoot and then plays Torres in, but Sommer saves from the Spaniard again.
90' + 1'
Three minutes of stoppage time to be played.
Mata pokes the ball to Torres on the edge of the area and he side-foots a shot at goal, but again Sommer is equal to it.
Yellow Card G. Serey Die
Serey-Die finally gets a yellow card as he bundles Oscar to the floor.
The two sides just appear to be waiting for the full-time whistle now. This match has been won and lost for a while now.
Sauro blocks Bertrand's low cross, but the Argentine thinks he has plenty of time, allowing Torres to steal the ball from him. Torres knocks it back to Juan Mata who fires a stinging shot that Sommer palms away.
Salah appears on the left this time. The Egyptian jinks past Azpilicueta and crosses, but it goes straight into the hands of Cech.
Basel are not impressed with the stewards, but eventually they take the corner, which ultimately comes to nothing.
Basel's corner is delayed as a whole section of stewards walk straight in front of Marcelo Diaz while he gets ready to deliver the set-piece.
Frei shoots for goal and his effort takes a deflection off Ivanovic, which actually proved helpful for his attempt as it wrong-footed Cech, but the goalkeeper still manages to get across to palm the ball behind.
This match has notably slowed down in the past five minutes or so. There have been plenty of substitutions which may be partly to blame. Nevertheless, Basel remain intent on attacking.
Delightful footwork and skill by Oscar as he beats two men on the right before playing a low cross into the area for Torres, but Sauro marshals the Spaniard well.
Torres skips past Frei, who brings down the striker. Nothing is given, but Basel only clear straight to Hazard and the Belgian tries a clever chip over Sommer, but the keeper catches it.
A Chelsea corner is cleared in haste by Basel and they look to catch the hosts on the counterattack. Serey-Die takes the ball forward before playing it forward to Jacques Zoua to his left. The South African comes in on to his right foot and tries to shoot from a ridiculous position instead of passing and Chelsea block it. Such a waste.
Well-worked move by Basel as they shift the ball across the edge of the penalty area and eventually El-Nenny lashes a shot towards Cech's goal, but it sails over.
Yellow Card Markus Steinhöfer
No, he doesn't. Lampard puts the free kick miles over Sommer's goal.
Yellow Card Fabian Schaer
Free kick for Chelsea in a great position here as Schar hauls Torres to the ground about 25-yards from goal. The defender is booked as Lampard lines up the kick. Will he score it and become Chelsea's all-time leading scorer?
Basel take the corner short and it comes to nothing.
Voser gets forward again down Basel's left and he wins a corner off Ramires who almost fouled the left-back.
Almost a way back for Basel as Fabian Frei hammers a long-range shot against the Chelsea crossbar. Salah volleys the rebound well wide, but that initial strike was close. Cech was well-beaten.
Hazard tries to better Luiz's goal by shooting from the left side of the area, but his effort is wild.
Assist Frank Lampard
Goal David Luiz
GOAL!!! Game over at Stamford Bridge as Chelsea get a third goal! Hazard played a lofted ball towards the D of the penalty area for Lampard. The crowd urge the midfielder to shoot, but instead he lays the ball off for Luiz he hits a remarkable left-footed strike into the top far corner. Impeccable finish.
Luiz tries an audacious effort from inside his own half and it goes just over Sommer's goal.
The impressive Salah does well again as he heads for the centre of the Chelsea's defence, but his attempted pass through to Stocker is cut out.
Yellow Card César Azpilicueta
Azpilicueta marches forward but a loose touch sees him stretching for the ball and he catches Sauro with a nasty tackle. The referee books him, and rightly so.
Chelsea nearly get a third as Ramires brilliantly beats Voser and smashes a low cross into the six-yard box, but Schar puts it behind.
Goal Victor Moses
GOAL!!! Chelsea get a second goal! Moses comes in from the left, beats a man before laying the ball off to Torres who shoots. However, his effort deflects into the path of Moses hits the ball at Sommer before burying the rebound.
Goal Fernando Torres
GOAL!! Chelsea equalise! Hazard draws several defenders towards him before flicking the ball to his right for Lampard. The England man shoots with his left foot and Sommer saves it down to his left, but he can only parry it straight to Torres who slides in and scores.
Good play by Voser on the left as he squares the ball across the edge of the area and it comes to El-Nenny, but the midfielder's shot goes well over.
The two sides have exchanged possession a number of times already in this second half, but a Bertrand foul on Steinhofer gives Basel a chance to build an attack.
Chelsea start the second half at Stamford Bridge.
So folks, how do we feel the second half will go? Will Chelsea come back out with a bang, or are Basel going to snatch a final place from Rafa Benitez's side? Tweet me @RyanRyanBenson
45' + 2'
The referee blows his whistle for half-time at Stamford Bridge, with Salah's goal being the final event of the first half.
45' + 1'
Assist Valentin Stocker
45' + 1'
Goal Mohamed Salah
GOAL!! Basel take the lead at Stamford Bridge! Mohamed El-Nenny calmly picks out Stocker lurking between the Chelsea defence and midfield, and the Swiss attacker prods the ball into the area for Salah, who beats Cech from close range.
Basel left-back Kay Voser powers down the flank. He goes charging through Azpilicueta, taking the ball with him before marauding into Cahill. The ball ricochets off Voser and goes out for a goal kick.
Moses is used again down the left. After taking a touch he breezes past Steinhofer and drills a low ball into the danger area, but Schar gets in the way.
Stocker tries to send the rebound from Cech's save back towards the goal, but Bertrand gets in the way. Basel claim it hit the defender's arm, but the referee correctly gives nothing.
Marvelous move from Basel as Salah gets the ball, shifts it and continues his run into the area. Serey-Die threats a pass into the winger's path and he looks destined to stroke the ball past Cech, but the goalkeeper makes a crucial stop at his feet.
Murat Yakin's side have not really created any clear-cut chances, but thus far they have been hugely improved from the first leg.
Azpilicueta gets forward from right-back, but he is not given a great deal to aim at. Therefore, the Spaniard lines up a shot from 35-yards which rolls just wide of Sommer's right-hand post. It was a tame effort in truth.
Disappointing from Basel as the corner is essentially wasted, giving Chelsea the chance to take control of possession again.
Stocker makes something out of nothing as he wins a corner off Cesar Azpilicueta.
Another Basel move suggests promise as Salah drives into the Chelsea area, but the tricky Egyptian is offside.
Brilliant play by Hazard as he gets round the outside of Steinhofer, bursting into the left side of the area, and then just when he looks as though he has run out of room, he produces a sublime flick to Moses who squares to Ramires, but Sommer pulls off a lucky save to deny the Brazilian.
Basel showing plenty of endeavor in attack at the moment. This time Stocker tries his luck as he cuts on to his right foot just outside the area, but his effort is tame and Cech collects with ease.
Salah picks out Streller with a long ball and the Swiss striker unleashes an incredible volley from the left side of the penalty area and it flies just wide of the top far corner. If that had gone in it would have been absolutely amazing.
We have a brief stoppage here as Stocker is left in a heap on the floor. Cahill had previously clattered the winger, but fairly according to the referee.
Nothing comes of the corner, but it does give Basel the opportunity to hit Chelsea on the counterattack. Eventually the ball comes to right-back Markus Steinhofer who crosses with the outside of his foot, and just when Salah shapes to shoot, Streller heads the ball out of his path.
Bertrand plays Moses into the channel down the left, but the Nigeria international has little options in support, so he plays the ball against a defender and wins a corner.
The second corner is a little better and it nearly drops kindly for Luiz at the far post, but he completely misses the ball as he swings his left foot at Lampard's delivery.
The resulting corner fails to create a chance, but Chelsea do win a second chance.
The lively Torres takes up possession on the left, plays a one-two with Hazard and then hits a shot towards the bottom right corner of the goal from 18-yards out, but Sommer produces an excellent save to tip it round the post.
Basel look to Streller for inspiration as the striker drops deep, turns and plays a through ball for Stocker. However, the forward's pass goes all the way to Petr Cech. Disappointing.
Free kick for Chelsea just inside the Basel half as Hazard lures Serey-Die into making a tackle, but the Ivorian catches him late. Still no yellow card for him.
Little in the way of support for Torres as he holds the ball up on the edge of the area, but he quickly spots the run of Lampard and slips a clever pass through to him, but Schar is there to cover and clear.
Moses and Hazard link-up on the left. The Belgian takes a touch before crossing, but Yann Sommer collects just ahead of Torres.
Basel are currently enjoying some meaningful possession in the Chelsea half, but they clearly feel upset with the referee as he fails to award a free kick just outside the right corner of the penalty area as Gary Cahill pushes Salah to the floor.
Lovely move by Chelsea as Eden Hazard slips the ball to Fernando Torres, who chips it over Fabian Schar and into the area for Frank Lampard, but the midfielder's effort hits the post.
Another promising Basel attack falls apart following a poor pass in the final third. They will have to cut out that wastefulness.
We are barely six minutes into this match and Geoffrey Serey-Die has already given away two strong fouls. The feisty Ivorian has to be careful.
Basel have started in a confident mood and their front men look up for this contest as Mohamed Salah cuts in from the right with intent. He tries to link up with Valentin Stocker, but David Luiz puts a foot in.
Chelsea on the attack now as Victor Moses twists and turns down the left before crossing towards Ramires, but the delivery goes all the way out for a goal kick.
Very good early chance for the visitors as a header from near the half-way line loops over the Chelsea defence and falls for Marco Streller, but the forward rushes his shot and half-volleys wide.
We're off at Stamford Bridge as Basel begin the match.
Basel have scored seven of their 17 goals in the final 15 minutes of matches - 41.2 per cent.
Yakin's side have played six away matches in the Europa League so far this season, winning none of them.
Basel have conceded two goals or more in their last three matches in Europe.
Fernando Torres has been fruitful in the competition, scoring four goals in seven appearances.
Chelsea have scored at least two goals in each of their last four Europa League matches.
And the Basel team is: Sommer; Steinhöfer, Sauro, Schär, Voser; Frei; Salah, Elneny, Serey Die, Stocker; Streller SUBS: Vailati , Marcelo Diaz, Ajeti , Park Joo Ho, D Degen, Cabral, Zoua.
The Chelsea team for tonight is: Cech; Azpilicueta, Ivanovic, Cahill, Bertrand; Lampard, Luiz; Ramires, Hazard, Moses; Torres. SUBS: Turnbull, Ferreira, Terry, Ake, Oscar, Benayoun, Mata.
Good evening and welcome to Goal.com's LIVE play-by-play of the Europa League semi-final second leg between Chelsea and Basel. My name is Ryan Benson and I shall be describing the action for you tonight.
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