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1 vs 2
Played
April 25, 2013 3:05 PM EDT
St. Jakob-Park — Basel
Referee:‬ P. Kralovec‎
Attendance:‬ 36000‎
 
87′ (PG) Fabian Schär
Victor Moses 12′
 
David Luiz 90+4′
Top of the Match
David Luiz
David Luiz
Chelsea
Fernando Torres
Fernando Torres
Chelsea
Flop of the Match
Joo-Ho Park
Joo-Ho Park
Basel
Joo-Ho Park
Joo-Ho Park
Basel

Basel 1-2 Chelsea: Late Luiz winner puts Blues on verge of final

Fabian Schar looked to have saved a draw for the hosts after Victor Moses' opener but the Brazilian ended their unbeaten run on home turf with the last kick of the match

By Oliver Platt

David Luiz's injury-time free kick gave Chelsea a 2-1 victory over Basel in the Europa League semifinal first leg at St Jakob Park on Thursday.

Victor Moses' first-half header put the Blues in front but Fabian Schar looked to have salvaged a share of the spoils for the hosts from the penalty spot.

Fueled by the harsh decision to award a spot kick for Cesar Azpilicueta's foul on Valentin Stocker, however, Chelsea mounted a last stand and Luiz's 20-yard effort slipped away from goalkeeper Yann Sommer.

Basel lost at home for the first time in this year's Europa League.

Against a Basel team unchanged from their quarterfinal second leg against Tottenham, John Terry partnered Branislav Ivanovic at the back for the Blues as David Luiz moved into midfield, while Ramires and Moses started ahead of Juan Mata and Oscar.

Basel has proved to be a force both domestically and in Europe on home turf this season and sought to immediately take the initiative, but despite its dominance of the early possession Chelsea looked a potent force on the counterattack.

Cesar Azpilicueta was a persistent threat from right back and picked out a trademark Lampard run with a cross to the near post but Yann Sommer was equal to the midfielder's first-time effort.

From the resulting corner, however, determined decoy work by Ivanovic allowed Moses to sneak into space unnoticed to nod home Lampard's center.

Basel remained on the front foot but was largely restricted to shots from distance, with Fabian Schar forcing Petr Cech to tip his fiercely struck free kick over the crossbar.

Chelsea continued to find space on the right-hand side and soon after Fernando Torres' shot was blocked, Sommer did well to claw away Ramires' half-volley.

Eden Hazard spurned the visitors' best opportunity of the half when Moses set him through on goal but by that point Basel's control over proceedings had diminished.

Murat Yakin drew a brief response out of his team after the break and Stocker hit the post after a one-two with Marco Streller, but, once again, Chelsea effectively took the sting out of the game.

Chelsea, too, rattled the frame of the goal early in the second half when Hazard danced down the left and cut the ball back to Torres, who crashed a left-footed shot against the post.

Rafa Benitez was dealt one significant setback when Cole collected a booking for wasting time that rules him out of the second leg and his team was harshly punished by another refereeing decision before the final whistle.

With the Blues looking reasonably comfortable in defense, Stocker earned a spot kick under the challenge of Azpilicueta when it looked as if a cross from the right had evaded the Basel winger and Schar made no mistake.

Chelsea can take great credit, though, for the spirited response that drew. Both Torres and Terry were denied from point-blank range before Luiz's free kick escaped Sommer's clutches and nestled in the bottom corner.

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Basel

1
Yann Sommer
Goalkeeper
3.50
24
Joo-Ho Park
Defender
2.00
4
Philipp Degen
Defender
2.50
-
3.00
16
Fabian Schär
Defender
87′ 89′
2.50
-
G. Serey Die
Midfielder
61′
2.00
14
Valentin Stocker
Midfielder
3.50
20
Fabian Frei
Midfielder
2.50
15
Mohamed Salah
Striker
78′
2.50
-
Mohamed El Nenny
Midfielder
65′
2.00
9
3.00

Chelsea

3.00
1
Petr Cech
Goalkeeper
3.00
2
2.50
3
Ashley Cole
Defender
69′
4.00
4
David Luiz
Defender
83′ 94′
3.00
26
John Terry
Defender
3.00
28
2.50
7
Ramires
Midfielder
3.00
8
Frank Lampard
Midfielder
12′ 79′
3.50
12
Victor Moses
Midfielder
12′
4.00
17
Eden Hazard
Midfielder
71′
2.50
9

Substitutes

18
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26
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33
 - 
7
David Degen
Midfielder
78′ 81′
 - 
21
2.50
-
Cabral
Midfielder
 - 
31
2.00

Substitutes

 - 
21
Ross Turnbull
Goalkeeper
 - 
24
Gary Cahill
Defender
 - 
23
2.50
11
Oscar
Midfielder
79′
 - 
12
John Obi Mikel
Midfielder
 - 
30
Yossi Benayoun
Midfielder
3.00
8
Juan Mata
Midfielder
71′

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Striker
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Striker
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7 1
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Eintracht Frankfurt
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Paco Alcácer Paco Alcácer
Striker
Valencia
7 0
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Striker
Sevilla
6 0