MOTD- Chelsea 3-1 FC Basel

David Luiz curl's his wonder goal into the top corner in the fifty-seventh minute

David Luiz curl’s his wonder goal into the top corner in the fifty-seventh minute

Chelsea have come back from behind to grab a spot in the Europa League final, their third European final in the past six years, with a 3-1 win over FC Basel. Although the match was marred with chants from the fans about Jose Mourinho, Chelsea won 3-1 in a thrilling night with a great atmosphere at Stamford Bridge. Basel kicked-off the match very brightly, Macro Streller volleyed just wide of the post in the first minute. Although Basel had most of the possession in the opening five minutes, Chelsea slowly worked there way back into the match, and Frank Lampard came very close to opening the scoring for the Blues in the ninth minute. Ramires played the ball into Fernando Torres at the edge of the Basel box Continue reading

MOTD- FC Basel 1-2 Chelsea

Fernando Torres attempts a bicycle-kick against Basel

Fernando Torres attempts a bicycle-kick against Basel

Chelsea have stolen a win in Switzerland in the first leg of their Europa League semifinal tie against FC Basel, and David Luiz’s injury time free-kick gave Chelsea a win that looks set to earn them a spot in the finals.  Basel started the match dominantly, and enjoyed a lot of early possession.  But Chelsea looked dangerous on the counter-attack, and Cesar Azplilicueta was given much joy down the right flan.  It was Azpilicueta’s cross that lead to Chelsea’s opener in the thirteenth minute when The left-back’s bouncing cross from the right found Frank Lampard at the front post, and the Englishman  tapped it towards goal, forcing Basel goalkeeper Yann Sommer into a good save to push it wide for a corner.  Lampard swung the corner in to the middle of the box, and after Branislav Ivanovic missed the header, it deflected off the head of Moses and Mohamed El-Nenny somehow failed to nod it off the line at the far post.  Basel immediately bounced back, and Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech was forced into an acrobatic save to tip Fabian Schar’s curling free-kick over the bar. Continue reading

MOTD- FC Basel (4)2-2(1) Tottenham Hootspur

FC Basel have surprisingly beaten Tottenham Hotspur 4-1 on penalties, after the match ended 2-2 after extra time, to earn the Swiss side a spot in the Europa League semifinals . The match started slowly with both teams felling their way into the match. Although Tottenham were the first side to come out of the early slumber, Fabian Schar almost put Basel in front in the third minute with a long range free-kick that dipped just wide of the post. Spurs kept up their dominance, but still allowed Basel to counter-attack, and Murat Yakin’s side again almost took the lead when Marco Steller played a neat one-two with Philipp Degan down the right flank, before chipping a beautiful cross to Mohamad Salah, only for Salah to hoick his acrobatic volley over the bar. Tottenham were still dominating possession, and took the lead in the twenty-third minute through a horrendous Basel mix-up. From the center circle, center-back Jan Vertonghen played a through ball straight through the middle, which Aleksander Dragovic should have easily cleared at the back, but slipped, and ended diverting the ball straight into the path of Clint Dempsey, who rounded Basel goalkeeper Yann Sommer and poked the ball into the back of the net.

Amazingly, it took only three minutes for Basel to equalize, when Mousa Dembele’s wayward pass was intercepted by Streller inside Tottenham’s box. Steller released Salah in down the right with a through ball, and Salah, after taking a bad first touch, just managed to poke the ball past Tottenham goalkeeper Brad Friedal into the back of the net. Continue reading

MOTD- Tottenham Hotspur 2-2 FC Basel

Tottenham Hotspur have come back from behind to beat FC Basel in an exciting night at White Hart Lane, while Gareth Bale was carried off on a stretcher in the second half.  Basel surprisingly started the match brightly,  with Murat Yakin’s side starting very physically.  The Swiss team almost opened the scoring in the tenth minute when Marco Streller flicked a pass to Markus Steinhofer on the edge of the area.  Steinhofer hit a shot on goal, and Tottenham goalkeeper Brad Friedal did well to parry the shot.  The chance wasn’t over though, and when Basel recovered the ball they played it to Fabian Frei on the left, who sent in a low cross to Streller.  Streller’s shot from two yards out was straight at Friedal, but Basel didn’t let the chance go, with Valentin Stocker recovering the ball and hitting a fierce volley just over the bar.

After a shaky opening Tottenham started to come out of their shell, with Kyle Naughton’s deflected volley going inches wide of the post in the twenty-sixth minute.  Amazingly, it was Basel who opened the scoring in the thirtieth minute when Stocker managed to wriggle through the Tottenham defense.  Stocker played it to Mohamed Salah down the right, and Salah played it to Streller in the center of the box.  Streller turned on goal with the ball, only for his low shot to slam against the post.  It was a horrible miss, but luckily for Basel the rebound fell to Stocker, who slammed it into the back of the net from six yards out. Continue reading