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Chelsea through despite second Basel defeat

Published: Tuesday 26 November 2013, 22.55CET
FC Basel 1893 1-0 Chelsea FC
The English side booked their last-16 spot despite conceding an 87th-minute Mohamed Salah goal that leaves Basel needing a point to join them.
by Ian Holyman
from St. Jakob-Park

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Match statistics

BaselChelsea

Goals scored1
 
0
Possession (%)51
 
49
Total attempts16
 
1
on target10
 
1
off target6
 
0
blocked2
 
1
against woodwork0
 
0
Corners9
 
4
Offsides2
 
3
Yellow cards2
 
2
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed16
 
22
Fouls suffered22
 
16
Passes556
 
536
completed417
 
387

Standings

Last updated: 19/06/2014 19:32 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
 
Published: Tuesday 26 November 2013, 22.55CET

Chelsea through despite second Basel defeat

FC Basel 1893 1-0 Chelsea FC
The English side booked their last-16 spot despite conceding an 87th-minute Mohamed Salah goal that leaves Basel needing a point to join them.

Mohamed Salah gave FC Basel 1893 real hope of reaching the UEFA Champions League knockout stages as he struck the only goal of the game to beat a Chelsea FC side who advance regardless.

Basel had stunned the 2012 European champions at Stamford Bridge on matchday one and Murat Yakin's men showed the result was no fluke with an equally impressive display. Salah scored in England, and again confirmed his prodigious talent with a coolly taken effort to lift the Swiss title holders above FC Schalke 04 in Group E. A draw in Gelsenkirchen on matchday six will see Basel through to the last 16 while Chelsea, who progress despite defeat, need to win at home to FC Steaua București to be certain of topping the section.

The hosts knew a point would be enough to keep their campaign alive, but thoughts of containment were clearly far from their minds. Petr Čech pushed out a Taulant Xhaka free-kick before parrying Fabian Frei's drive; he was fortunate to see the ball squirm away from the onrushing Marco Streller. The Czech international was beaten, however, when Ivan Ivanov touched an inswinging corner goalwards and only John Obi Mikel's judicious positioning on the line denied Basel.

Čech remained their source of frustration. He had already tipped one Salah attempt over, when it took a breathtaking stop to keep the Egyptian international at bay – the Chelsea keeper shooting up a hand to turn the ball over when it appeared destined to beat him. For a team José Mourinho had claimed were under pressure, Basel looked nerveless, not nervous.

Chelsea, for their part, were disjointed. Samuel Eto'o was a breath away from touching in a Branislav Ivanović cross in their sole menacing move before the break. The introduction of Fernando Torres in place of the injured Cameroon forward before half-time and even that of Eden Hazard proved insufficient to get Chelsea firing on a bitterly cold evening.

They did, though, prove more effective in thwarting the home side, whose head of steam seemed to dissipate as the night grew yet chillier. Basel still sent a shiver down the visitors' spine when Serey Die's volley scurried narrowly wide, before Salah dashed in behind Ivanović to meet Fabien Schär's diagonal long ball. The Basel midfielder's first touch was assured; his finish – lifted delicately over Čech – was born of self-belief that Yakin's troops will take with them to Germany with their destiny in their own hands.

Last updated: 04/12/13 10.19CET

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Lineups

basel

Basel

chelsea

Chelsea

1
SommerYann Sommer (GK)
1
ČechPetr Čech (GK)
8
Serey DieSerey Die
Yellow Card63
2
IvanovićBranislav Ivanović
9
StrellerMarco Streller (C)
Substitution78
7
RamiresRamires
Yellow Card76
13
IvanovIvan Ivanov
8
LampardFrank Lampard
14
StockerValentin Stocker
Substitution90+2
11
OscarOscar
Substitution55
15
VoserKay Voser
12
MikelJohn Obi Mikel
Yellow Card65
16
SchärFabian Schär
22
WillianWillian
Substitution86
20
F. FreiFabian Frei
24
CahillGary Cahill
22
SalahMohamed Salah
Goal87
26
TerryJohn Terry (C)
33
Elneny Mohamed Elneny
28
AzpilicuetaCésar Azpilicueta
34
XhakaTaulant Xhaka
Yellow Card37
Substitution71
29
Eto'oSamuel Eto'o
Substitution42

Substitutes

18
VailatiGermano Vailati (GK)
23
SchwarzerMark Schwarzer (GK)
4
P. DegenPhilipp Degen
3
A. ColeAshley Cole
5
Ar. AjetiArlind Ajeti
Substitution71
9
TorresFernando Torres
Substitution42
7
D. DegenDavid Degen
10
Juan MataJuan Mata
10
DelgadoMatías Delgado
14
SchürrleAndré Schürrle
26
SauroGastón Sauro
Substitution90+2
15
De BruyneKevin De Bruyne
Substitution86
30
SioGiovanni Sio
Substitution78
17
HazardEden Hazard
Substitution55

Coach

Murat Yakin (SUI) José Mourinho (POR)

Referee

Stéphane Lannoy (FRA)

Assistant referees

Frédéric Cano (FRA), Michael Annonier (FRA)

Fourth official

Eric Dansault (FRA)

Additional assistant referees

Clément Turpin (FRA), Fredy Fautrel (FRA)

Legend:

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  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed Cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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