Chelsea fight into Europa final
- Published: 3/05/2013 at 07:01 AM
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LONDON - Chelsea will play Benfica in the Europa League final after a 3-1 comeback win over FC Basel at Stamford Bridge gave them a 5-2 aggregate semi-final win.
Rafael Benitez's side were leading 2-1 from the away leg in Switzerland but they had a fright when Mohamed Salah finished coolly just before half-time.
But a rampant performance after the break saw the Blues put Murat Yakin's side to the sword, with Fernando Torres, Victor Moses and David Luiz all scoring in 10 action-packed minutes before the hour mark.
Luiz's strike was a particular delight, vindicating Benitez's decision to play him as a midfielder, where his ability on the ball is put to greater effect than his tendency to get caught out of position.
Chelsea now bid to become the first side to win Europe's secondary club competition the year after claiming the Champions League title, although they have a tough test in Luiz's former employers Benfica in Amsterdam on May 15.
Basel, meanwhile, miss out on the opportunity to be the first Swiss side in a major European final.
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