Basel do Chelsea double

Chelsea are through to the UEFA Champions League knockout stages despite a 1-0 loss to Basel at St Jakob Park.

Last Updated: 26/11/13 at 23:16 Post Comment

Mohamed Salah: Fires winner for Basel but Chelsea are still through

Mohamed Salah: Fires winner for Basel but Chelsea are still through

More of the games that matter

2 years free Sky Broadband Unlimited for Sky Sports customers

Jose Mourinho's men rarely threatened and failed to have a single shot on target in the 90 minutes as Basel completed a shock double over the 2012 champions.

The winner came with just three minutes left as the hugely impressive Egyptian Mohamed Salah broke clear and slotted home past Petr Cech.

But with Schalke drawing 0-0 at Steaua Bucharest, Chelsea are through despite their defeat, while Basel have moved into second and a draw with the Germans in their final match will see them through with the English outfit.

The Blues, 2-1 winners at St Jakob Park in the Europa League semi-final first

leg in April, were under pressure from the start on this occasion.

Chelsea might have gone in front after 15 minutes but a Branislav Ivanovic cross was just out of Samuel Eto'o's reach.

Otherwise, it was all Basel and Cech saved an inswinging Taulant Xhaka free-kick, reached to claw away a dangerous Valentin Stocker cross and turned a deflected Fabian Frei shot round the post.

When he was beaten by Ivan Ivanov's toe-poke at a corner, John Obi Mikel scrambled clear.

Cech then tipped over Salah's drive from the edge of the area and from the resulting corner, the Blues survived a penalty claim against Lampard when the ball ricocheted off the midfielder's arm inside the area, with referee Stephane Lannoy deeming no spot-kick.

Chelsea deployed the same three-man midfield of Mikel, Lampard and Ramires which performed so well in Saturday's 3-0 win at West Ham, with Willian's inclusion for Hazard the only change.

Basel, though, bossed central areas and the movement of Frei and Salah caused particular trouble.

The pair combined and Salah struck from 12 yards, a deflection almost seeing the ball elude Cech, who was on his knees when he palmed the ball over.

Marco Streller fired wide from Salah's cross under pressure from John Terry before Cesar Azpilicueta recovered to execute a well-timed tackle on the winger as he shaped to shoot inside Chelsea's area.

Fernando Torres, fit again after missing three games with an adductor injury, replaced Eto'o after 42 minutes when the Cameroon striker was taken off on a stretcher after falling awkwardly and Eden Hazard followed him into the fray 10 minutes into the second half.

Torres and Hazard combined but the latter's heavy pass to Ramires halted a promising move.

Serey Die was booked for a foul on Hazard, presenting Chelsea with a free-kick from a promising position, but Lampard's shot was poor and Ivanovic cleared.

The Blues were more robust in the second half, but even when Yann Sommer's poor clearance presented Hazard with the ball the visitors contrived to fluff the attack.

With the game becoming more stretched as the match entered the final 10 minutes, Die fired wide at the end of a Basel counter attack and then Fabian Schar's long-range effort was held by Cech.

Kevin De Bruyne was introduced for Willian with four minutes to go but from the restart, Basel broke and scored.

Salah got in behind the Chelsea defence to meet Schar's brilliant long-range pass and drove down the right before lofting a neat finish into the net.

Football365 Facebook Fan Page

The Football365 fan page is a great place to meet like minded people, have football related discussions and make new friends.

More Match Results

Wednesday, 17 September 2014
19:45
Ajax 1-1 PSG Report
Ath Bilbao 0-0 Shak Donetsk Report
Barcelona 1-0 Apoel Nicosia  
Bay Munich 1-0 Man City Report
Chelsea 1-1 Schalke Report
FC Porto 6-0 BATE Borisov Report
Maribor 1-1 Sporting  
Roma 5-1 CSKA Mosc  
Tuesday, 16 September 2014
Benfica 0-2 Zenit Report
B Dortmund 2-0 Arsenal Report

Footer 365

Capital One Cup Live

Live updates from the Capital One Cup third round as well as the latest news and views from the world of sport.

Scottish football: Former Celtic striker John Divers has died aged 74

Former Celtic striker John Divers has died. He was 74.

Mauricio Pochettino wants Tottenham to be positive against Nottingham Forest

Mauricio Pochettino feels Tottenham need to change their mentality after the defeat by West Brom.

Mail Box

Is Moyes The Big Winner This Season?

Man United and Everton are making David Moyes look good enough for Newcastle. We have lots of mails on Steven Gerrard but mostly Man United and Van Gaal...

Should Gerrard Play Further Forward?

That's one shout in a mailbox that recalls Rafa Benitez saying the Liverpool man would one day end up as a striker. Plus, thoughts on Rooney and 500 words on Ipswich...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property