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Basel come from behind to defeat Chelsea

Published: Wednesday 18 September 2013, 23.05CET
Chelsea FC 1-2 FC Basel 1893
Goals in the last 19 minutes from Mohamed Salah and Marco Streller earned the visitors a famous Group E victory at Stamford Bridge.
by Trevor Haylett
from Stamford Bridge

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Match statistics

ChelseaBasel

Goals scored1
 
2
Possession (%)56
 
44
Total attempts12
 
7
on target5
 
5
off target7
 
2
blocked3
 
2
against woodwork1
 
0
Corners9
 
2
Offsides3
 
2
Yellow cards1
 
1
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed11
 
13
Fouls suffered13
 
10
Passes645
 
523
completed509
 
382

Standings

Last updated: 19/06/2014 23:28 CET

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Published: Wednesday 18 September 2013, 23.05CET

Basel come from behind to defeat Chelsea

Chelsea FC 1-2 FC Basel 1893
Goals in the last 19 minutes from Mohamed Salah and Marco Streller earned the visitors a famous Group E victory at Stamford Bridge.

Two late goals gave FC Basel 1893 a wonderful lift-off in the UEFA Champions League while spoiling José Mourinho's return to this stage with Chelsea FC.

Another masterful finish from Oscar just before half-time maintained his prolific strike rate in the competition and suggested the Blues would be rewarded with their customary first-day victory. However, the ever-dangerous Mohamed Salah curled in a 71st-minute equaliser, Marco Streller then rounding off Basel's fightback with a header from a corner.

This was not the script that had been promised beforehand. Chelsea had never met defeat on matchday one in 11 previous fixtures; indeed, nor had Mourinho in ten past campaigns. But for the strength of their defending when under pressure in the first half and also for their unyielding spirit, the Swiss titleholders deserved this first victory on English soil.

Chelsea gave first starts to summer recruits Willian and Marco van Ginkel and they showed up well as the blue shirts had Basel back-pedalling from the off.

A number of corners followed but worryingly for Mourinho's men no direct threat on the away goal ensued. At the same time Basel showed speed and enterprise on the break to suggest that they could make things difficult for the 2012 champions.

Chelsea began to look sharper around the 25-minute mark, when Frank Lampard took aim and then Eden Hazard made himself room before firing over. It was a finish that Salah matched at the other end after veering inside.

Basel looked to have achieved their first target – namely a clean sheet to take into the interval – when Oscar broke the deadlock. David Luiz ventured forward and fed Lampard, who slid a perfect pass down the side of a defender for Oscar to steer his shot into the far corner.

The Brazilian international now has six UEFA Champions League goals in seven appearances and nearly scored again with a swerving shot that smacked the bar. At that stage it looked like Chelsea could go further ahead, but instead Basel took the opportunity to turn the tables.

A fast, incisive move led to Streller bringing in Salah and his left-footed finish was immaculate. Basel would have celebrated the point; instead they ended up with all three as Matías Delgado's inswinging corner was headed in at the near post by Streller.

In his first Stamford Bridge reign Mourinho had only tasted defeat in one UEFA Champions League home fixture and never in the group stage. The loss will give him food for thought ahead of their matchday two visit to FC Steaua Bucureşti.

Last updated: 14/04/14 16.35CET

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Lineups

chelsea

Chelsea

basel

Basel

1
ČechPetr Čech (GK)
1
SommerYann Sommer (GK)
2
IvanovićBranislav Ivanović
9
StrellerMarco Streller (C)
Goal81
3
A. ColeAshley Cole
13
IvanovIvan Ivanov
4
David LuizDavid Luiz
14
StockerValentin Stocker
Substitution81
8
LampardFrank Lampard (C)
Substitution75
15
VoserKay Voser
11
OscarOscar
Goal45
16
SchärFabian Schär
16
Van GinkelMarco van Ginkel
Yellow Card42
Substitution75
19
SafariBehrang Safari
17
HazardEden Hazard
20
F. FreiFabian Frei
22
WillianWillian
Substitution67
21
DíazMarcelo Díaz
Yellow Card64
24
CahillGary Cahill
22
SalahMohamed Salah
Goal71
Substitution88
29
Eto'oSamuel Eto'o
30
SioGiovanni Sio
Substitution64

Substitutes

23
SchwarzerMark Schwarzer (GK)
18
VailatiGermano Vailati (GK)
10
Juan MataJuan Mata
Substitution67
4
P. DegenPhilipp Degen
12
MikelJohn Obi Mikel
Substitution75
5
Ar. AjetiArlind Ajeti
Substitution81
15
De BruyneKevin De Bruyne
7
D. DegenDavid Degen
19
BaDemba Ba
Substitution75
10
DelgadoMatías Delgado
Substitution64
26
TerryJohn Terry
26
SauroGastón Sauro
28
AzpilicuetaCésar Azpilicueta
34
XhakaTaulant Xhaka
Substitution88

Coach

José Mourinho (POR) Murat Yakin (SUI)

Referee

Daniele Orsato (ITA)

Assistant referees

Andrea Stefani (ITA), Renato Faverani (ITA)

Fourth official

Alessandro Giallatini (ITA)

Additional assistant referees

Paolo Mazzoleni (ITA), Andrea Gervasoni (ITA)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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