Chelsea through to Europa League final

Chelsea beat FC Basel 3-1 at Stamford Bridge in the Europa League semi-final second leg to secure a 5-2 aggregate victory, and book there place in the final in Amsterdam on Wednesday week.

The Blues suffered a setback on the stroke of half time, when Mohamed Salah gave the visitors the lead, before Fernando Torres swung the tie back in the hosts favour with his 21st goal of the season.

Victor Moses then put Chelsea ahead on the night with his fourth goal in four successive Europa League appearances, shortly before David Luiz put the result beyond doubt with yet another spectacular long range strike.

Rafa Benitez’s side will now face Benfica at Ajax’s Amsterdam Arena on May 15th as they look to secure European silverware for a second straight season.

Incidentally, the last side to compete in the final of this competition, albeit when it was known as the UEFA Cup, and the Champions League in successive years were Jose Mourinho’s Porto.

The club will now turn their attention to the race for Champions League qualification, with Sunday’s trip to Manchester United.

Ashley Cole is set to return to the starting line-up, whilst Demba Ba will also be hoping for a recall.

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