Basel vs Chelsea

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  • Basel 1
  • Chelsea 0
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  • Time 6:45 AM AEDT 27 November 2013
  • League UEFA Champions League
  • Round Group stage
  • Venue St. Jakob-Park
  • Attendance 35,208

Basel

Basel FCB

Chelsea

Chelsea CHE
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  • Mohamed Salah
    • 87minutes
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14 May 2014 - 9:05am

Group E: Basel 1 Chelsea 0

Mohamed Salah scored the only goal of the game three minutes from time to give Basel another shock UEFA Champions League win over Chelsea.
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Omnisport
27 Nov 2013 - 8:47 AM  UPDATED 14 May 2014 - 9:05 AM

The Egypt star produced a clinical finish at the St. Jakob-Park to ensure the Swiss champion leapfrogged Schalke into second place in Group E, while Chelsea qualified despite the defeat.

Basel had ended the Premier League club's 29-match home unbeaten run in the group stages of the competition back in September with a shock 2-1 win at Stamford Bridge and it repeated the dose courtesy of Salah's dramatic late winner.

Murat Yakin's side now heads into its final group game against Schalke next month knowing it only needs a point to progress to the last 16.

Chelsea was poor on the night and failed to register a single shot on target, but Schalke's failure to beat Steaua Bucharest ensured it progresses.

Willian replaced Eden Hazard in the only change to the Chelsea side which beat West Ham United 3-0 at the weekend, while fit-again striker Fernando Torres was back on the bench.

Goalkeeper Yann Sommer, midfielder Salah and defender Ivan Ivanov all returned to the Basel starting line-up.

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho warned Basel that his side was much improved since the Swiss champion's shock win at Stamford Bridge in September, but there was no evidence of that as the home side dominated the opening stages.

Petr Cech had to be alert to palm away a Taulant Xhaka free-kick from wide on the left after only two minutes and Chelsea failed to heed the warning when it backed off 10 minutes later and Fabian Frei's strike was saved by the Czech Republic goalkeeper.

John Obi Mikel then cleared off the line after Ivanov got a toe to a Fabian Schar corner and Salah was twice denied by the busy Cech as Chelsea remained on the back foot.

There was a blow for the visitor three minutes before half-time when Samuel Eto'o was carried off, with Torres replacing him.

Hazard replaced the ineffective Oscar nine minutes into the second half as Chelsea struggled to get going.

The Belgium winger and Torres provided more of an attacking threat and Mourinho's side was far more solid at the back after the break.

Ramires should have done better when he was played in down the right 12 minutes from time, but the Brazil midfielder lacked composure.

And Basel snatched a crucial winner when Salah raced away after Schar's pass, and he kept his nerve with a clinical finish to stun Chelsea.

Match Commentary

minute code event
90 SO Substitute out V. Stocker of Basel
90 SI Substitute in G. Sauro of Basel
90 COMMENT V. Stocker is replaced with G. Sauro.
90 COMMENT And there is the final whistle!
90 COMMENT Salah lifts a divine pass over Cahill and Terry for Sio to run onto, but the Ivory Coast striker is unable to take the ball in his stride and test Cech, as the Chelsea defence recovers and Stocker then shoots wildly over.
89 COMMENT The fourth official signals for two minutes of added time at St Jakob Park. Chelsea don't have long to find an equaliser here!
87 AS Assist by F. Schär (Basel)
87 G GOAL (Basel): Scored by Mohamed Salah
87 COMMENT The assist came from F. Schär.
87 COMMENT STUNNING FROM SALAH! BASEL TAKE THE LEAD! The game's standout player catches Chelsea on the break, as he cuts inside Ivanovic, races into the penalty area, and lifts a fine finish over Cech and into the far corner.
86 SI Substitute in K. De Bruyne of Chelsea
86 SO Substitute out Willian of Chelsea
86 COMMENT K. De Bruyne comes on for Willian.
86 COMMENT Mourinho makes his third and final change as Kevin de Bruyne comes on for Willian.
84 COMMENT There was some textbook John Terry defending to keep Basel out a moment ago, including a flying diving header on the penalty spot to clear the ball away.
83 COMMENT PANDEMONIUM AT BOTH ENDS! Ivanovic thinks he is fouled inside the Basel box as he tries to pull the trigger and then Basel go straight up the other end and come close to scoring through Die, as he rifles a shot just wide.
81 COMMENT POOR TOUCH FROM TORRES!! The Chelsea forward produces a heavy touch inside the box just as the Blues look set to get their first effort on target. There was good link-up play in the build-up between Ramires and Hazard, but the Blues are still yet to test Sommer.
79 COMMENT That is Streller's last involvement of the game as he makes way for Giovanni Sio. The Basel captain put in a solid performance leading the line for Yakin's side and forced Cech into one smart stop early on.
78 SI Substitute in G. Sio of Basel
78 SO Substitute out M. Streller of Basel
78 COMMENT G. Sio enters the game and replaces M. Streller.
78 COMMENT Salah finds Voser with a neat pass on the left. The versatile defender tries to play the ball into Streller but he is brushed off the ball by Cahill.
76 YC Yellow card awarded to Ramires of Chelsea
76 COMMENT Ramires goes into the referee's book.
76 COMMENT STAT: The Blues have drawn 49 games in UEFA competition, winning 100. (via Uefa.com)
74 COMMENT Ramires is booked after barging into Die off the ball. The Chelsea man can have absolutely no complaints about that decision!
73 COMMENT Chelsea have certainly looked brighter in this second period than they did in the first but they are still yet to really test Sommer in the Basel goal.
71 SI Substitute in A. Ajeti of Basel
71 SO Substitute out T. Xhaka of Basel
71 COMMENT A. Ajeti comes on for T. Xhaka.
71 COMMENT Yakin makes Basel's first change of the evening as Xhaka is replaced by Arlind Ajeti. The 20-year-old defender made his Champions League debut against Chelsea on matchday one.
70 COMMENT But again the Swiss side fail to test Chelsea from the set piece! It is headed away easily by Ivanovic.
69 COMMENT Stocker finds Voser on the right and the full-back does well to get past Azpilicueta and hook a cross into the box. Mikel, under what seemed like a manageable amount of pressure from Steller, can only fire the ball behind for a corner to Basel.
68 COMMENT STAT: Basel's record of never winning a game on matchday four of the Champions League continued last time out. They have won three out of four previous outings on matchday five. (via Uefa.com)
66 COMMENT Frei throws himself theatrically to the floor after being nicked by Ramires. It didn't seem like there was much in that but the Swiss midfielder went down with aplomb. He got what he wanted – a free kick inside his own half.
65 YC Yellow card awarded to J. Obi Mikel of Chelsea
65 COMMENT J. Obi Mikel is yellow-carded.
65 COMMENT Torres and Hazard have offered more of a threat since being introduced than the rest of the Chelsea team between them. The Blues have shaded the second half so far.
64 COMMENT Lampard curls the set piece towards the near post but it is deflected away cautiously by Ivanov.
63 YC Yellow card awarded to G. Serey Die of Basel
63 COMMENT G. Serey Die receives a yellow card.
63 COMMENT Voser catches Torres with a late challenge and the forward shows good awareness to play a quick free kick to Hazard on the left. As Basel try and regroup Die launches into Hazard and clearly catches him without getting much of the ball. Free kick to Chelsea, to the left of the Basel box.
61 COMMENT DELIGHTFUL FROM TORRES! The Spaniard produces a lovely flick to find the onrushing Hazard but the Belgium international rejects the opportunity to shoot from the egde of the box in favour of trying to find Ramires out wide. The former Lille man gets too much on the pass though, and the lithe midfiel
60 COMMENT Die has been excellent in central midfield for Basel tonight. He has put in some shuddering but fair tackles to break down Chelsea attacks and his passing has also been top notch. He has just picked out the overlapping Xhaka on the left with a fine driven ball, only for the left-back to ruin everyth
59 COMMENT But they do not look dangerous on this occasion! The cross from the right by Stocker is easily cleared away at the near post by Lampard.
58 COMMENT Basel win another corner. They have looked dangerous from set pieces so far this evening...
57 COMMENT Torres produces a touch from 2008 to spin past Die just inside the Basel half, but he cannot retrieve the ball as Ivanov steals possession for the hosts.
55 SO Substitute out Oscar of Chelsea
55 SI Substitute in E. Hazard of Chelsea
55 COMMENT E. Hazard comes on for Oscar.
55 COMMENT Mourinho decides it is time for another change. Oscar is making way for Hazard. Perhaps the Belgian schemer can provide the Blues with a spark in the remaining 35 minutes.
54 COMMENT A crunching challenge from Schar stops a promising Chelsea attack from maturing on the left-hand side, as the centre-back steps in front of Torres and hoofs the ball out for a throw.
53 COMMENT STAT: There have been over 2.5 goals scored in Chelsea's last 10 games in the Champions League.
52 COMMENT Salah tries an ambitious outside of the boot pass across the Chelsea penalty area to Stocker, but a retreating Ramires is able to intercept the pass and avert the danger.
50 COMMENT Xhaka races down the left for Basel and hurls a cross into the penalty area, but it is comfortably dealt with by Cech – the experienced goalkeeper steps from his line and claims the ball with his hands.
49 COMMENT El Nenny gets a warning from the referee after catching Azpilicueta with an outflung foot. Chelsea, quite rightly, get a free kick for the foul, right in front of the dugouts.
48 COMMENT Basel look like they are still in the changing rooms. The Swiss side have made a sloppy start to the second half and have misplaced a series of passes in the opening few minutes.
47 COMMENT Azpilicueta and Mikel combine well to steal the ball from Salah on the near side. The latter threads a pass out to Willian on the left wing, but the move breaks down when he overhits a pass to Torres.
46 COMMENT We are back underway for the second half at St Jakob Park...
45 COMMENT And there is the half-time whistle! It remains goalless in Switzerland.
45 COMMENT Stocker's effort is timid and goes straight into the wall! That was a disappointing attempt from one of Basel's brightest players.
44 COMMENT Free kick for Basel late in the half, 25 yards out, just right of centre, after Salah goes down very easily under a challenge from Mikel...
43 COMMENT RISKY FROM IVANOVIC! The Serbian full-back turns inside and plays a hopeful pass towards Lampard that falls straight at the feet of the dangerous Salah. Fortunately for Ivanovic his pass goes astray though, when Basel looked to have a numerical advantage in that attack.
42 SO Substitute out S. Eto'o of Chelsea
42 SI Substitute in Fernando Torres of Chelsea
42 COMMENT Fernando Torres enters play, replacing S. Eto'o.
42 COMMENT And there is Torres. He comes on for Eto'o with just minutes of the first half left to play.
40 COMMENT TORRES TIME? It seems so! The Spain international is getting warmed up and is set to replace Eto'o, who is being carried off the pitch on a stretcher. Fingers crossed that is not a bad injury for the experienced attacker.
39 COMMENT Eto'o looks to be in trouble after an innocuous challenge from Schar 30 yards from goal. That does not look good for the Chelsea forward. He immediately gestured to be substituted after falling to the turf.
38 COMMENT Xhaka concedes a free kick for a foul on Ivanovic and picks up a yellow card for his troubles – the first booking of the evening.
37 YC Yellow card awarded to T. Xhaka of Basel
37 COMMENT T. Xhaka receives a yellow card.
36 COMMENT Basel are keeping a very close eye on Oscar whenever the ball looks like going near him, with at least two players quickly surrounding the Brazilian to make life difficult for him.
35 COMMENT GREAT RECOVERY FROM AZPILICUETA! The Spanish full-back is nudged off balance by Salah as the two challenge for a high ball from Schar, and the Basel attacker bursts through on goal and shapes to shoot with his left – but there is Azpilicueta, throwing his body in front of Salah to take the ball away
33 COMMENT Cech comes rushing off his line to intercept a throughball and manages to start an attack for his side at the same time. His clearance lands at the feet of Willian, who takes a couple of touches before floating a cross towards Eto'o, only for Sommer to hurtle off his line and grab it before it lands
32 COMMENT STAT: Basel are unbeaten in their last four Champions League matches against English sides, including a famous 2-1 win over Manchester United in December 2011 that saw their opponents fail to qualify from the group stages.
31 COMMENT A good tackle from Azpilicueta stops Stocker in his tracks on the right for Chelsea, but the Spaniard wastes his hard work by hoofing a clearance straight to Die. The combative midfielder returns the favour though, as his wild effort from distance flies into the stands.
29 COMMENT Streller wants a corner after flicking an effort at goal at the near post, but the referee and linesman conspire to frustrate him as they award a goal-kick. It looked like the ball did take a touch off Cahill before going behind, but the officials thought otherwise.
28 COMMENT I'd forgotten Oscar was playing in this game. The elegant attacker has just reminded me of his involvement by crashing into the back of Die and conceding a free kick on the halfway line.
27 COMMENT Eto'o is flagged offside as Chelsea try and launch a counterattack with a driven crossfield pass. The former Anzhi man is not happy about that decision and neither is his manager. He should not have been caught offside there, he had a lot of time to measure his run.
25 COMMENT STAT: Basel have had six attempts at goal so far in this game, five of which have been on target. Chelsea, meanwhile, have had zero efforts at Sommer's goal.
24 COMMENT SO NEARLY SUPERB FROM BASEL! They are moving the ball ever so well in the first half of this game. A quick one-touch move right in the middle of the pitch is eventually flicked out to the right by Salah, but the return pass from Kay Voser is slightly overcooked and the ball runs all the way through
23 COMMENT GREAT SAVE FROM CECH!! The Chelsea goalkeeper adjusts his body brilliantly to fling out an arm and tip Salah's bouncing strike over the crossbar after a fine move from the hosts involving Frei and Streller.
21 COMMENT Every Basel player looks comfortable in possession here. Twice in the space of a minute both centre-backs have turned past a Chelsea player on the edge of their own penalty area rather than playing the ball back to the goalkeeper Yann Sommer.
20 COMMENT Ramires relieves some pressure on the Chelsea defence with a fine pass out to Willian with the outside of his right boot. The Brazilian saunters across the pitch from left to right, but is eventually dispossessed by Xhaka, who has started the game strongly at left-back for the hosts.
19 COMMENT STAT: Chelsea suffered a surprise defeat against Basel at Stamford Bridge on September 18 but have since won all but three of their 13 games in all competitions since that result.
17 COMMENT John Terry stands firm up against Streller and the Chelsea captain is awarded with a free kick, as the referee deems the Swiss forward to have fouled the centre-back.
16 COMMENT I've seen those given! The ball pops up onto Lampard's hand inside the Chelsea box after a quick short corner from Basel, but the referee waves play on.
15 COMMENT TWO GREAT CROSSES FROM CHELSEA! Fabian Schar rises above Lampard on the penalty spot to head Ramires' high cross away, but Chelsea come right back at the home side, as Ivanovic swings an inviting cross towards Eto'o at the back post that the Cameroon international is a whisker away from turning into
14 COMMENT CECH TIPS A FREI EFFORT WIDE! The 24-year-old is invited to shoot by a retreating Chelsea defence, and he accepts that invitation – unleashing a left foot shot from 20 yards that nicks off Ivanovic's boot and forces Cech into making a smart stop low to his left.
12 COMMENT Two corners in quick succession are dealt with well by the away side's backline though, as first Cahill nods behind and then Cech claims the ball authoritatively.
11 COMMENT Cahill tackles Stocker well on the near side after another promising move from Yakin's men. Basel have another set piece now, and another chance to test Cech and his defence.
9 COMMENT Chelsea string a few passes together in midfield, but that passage of play is brought crashing to a halt by a stern challenge by Die on Frank Lampard 35 yards from the Basel goal.
8 COMMENT Snoods aplenty on the Chelsea bench. Juan Mata, as you might expect, manages to pull it off magnificently.
7 COMMENT GOOD PLAY FROM BASEL! The hosts push down the right and only a divine intervention from Gary Cahill is enough to take Salah's dangerous cross away from the lurking Streller inside the Chelsea box.
6 COMMENT STAT: Basel top the Swiss Super League by three points after coming from behind to beat Thun 4-1 on Saturday, with Marco Streller – who has now scored nine times this season – getting on the scoresheet.
5 COMMENT The home side are frequently looking to Frei when they get the ball and the 24-year-old has looked neat and tidy in possession in the opening exchanges in Switzerland.
3 COMMENT Basel win a free kick to the left of the Chelsea penalty area that the left-back Taulant Xhaka flicks venomously towards the near post. Petr Cech just about manages to parry the ball away under pressure from Streller and the Blues are then able to clear it upfield.
2 COMMENT Stocker thinks he has kept the ball in play for the hosts after it looked destined to bounce out for a Chelsea goal-kick, but after what seems like an age after he hooks the ball into the middle the linesman on the far side decides it had actually gone out and decides to raise his flag.
1 COMMENT Stephane Lannoy is the referee for this one, and he blows his whistle to get this Group E clash underway...
0 COMMENT Ahhhh, there she is. What a superb track that is. We are just moments away from kick-off at St Jakob Park!
0 COMMENT The teams walk out onto the pitch from an interesting tunnel placement – between one of the goals and a corner flag. Not long now until one of the highlights of my week, the Champions League theme tune...
0 COMMENT BASEL TEAM NEWS: Mohamed El Nenny starts in midfield for the hosts at the expense of Giovanni Sio. He joins Serey Die and the fabulous Fabien Frei behind an attacking trio of Mohamed Salah, Streller and Valentin Stocker. Yakin's side are without Chilean midfielder Marcelo Diaz though, after he picke
0 COMMENT CHELSEA TEAM NEWS: The Blues make just the one change from the side that comprehensively beat West Ham 3-0 at the weekend as Eden Hazard drops to the bench to be replaced by Willian. The visitors look like they are lining up in a 4-3-3 formation, with Oscar and Willian playing either side of Samuel
0 COMMENT SUBS: Schwarzer, Cole, De Bruyne, Hazard, Torres, Mata, Schurrle
0 COMMENT CHELSEA (4-3-3): Cech; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta; Mikel, Lampard, Ramires; Oscar, Eto'o, Willian
0 COMMENT Brief interruption to the team news to let you know that it appears Mourinho is wearing a snood tonight. His dress sense is so unpredictable these days. You can't really blame him for his extra item of thermalwear this evening though, apparently the temperature in Switzerland is -1 degrees centigrad
0 COMMENT SUBS: Vailati, Philipp Degen, Ajeti, Sauro, David Degen, Delgado, Sio
0 COMMENT BASEL (4-3-2-1): Sommer; Voser, Schar, Ivanov, Xhaka; El Nenny, Serey Die, Frei; Salah, Stocker; Streller
0 COMMENT Without further ado, let's have a quick look at the two starting line-ups ahead of kick-off...
0 COMMENT Mourinho – never one to miss an opportunity to lay into his team – described Chelsea's performance in that game as "garbage. With a place in the knockout stages in their crosshairs, the Portuguese coach will certainly be expecting much better from his players tonight.
0 COMMENT The London side have a bone to pick with Murat Yakin and his team, having been beaten in their own backyard at Stamford Bridge on matchday one thanks to a late winner from Marco Streller. And that defeat was Chelsea's first home group-stage loss since 2003.
0 COMMENT My name is Charlie Scott, by the way, and I'll be with you every step of the way tonight.
0 COMMENT Good evening one and all and welcome to LIVE coverage of the crucial Champions League Group E fixture between Basel and Chelsea at St Jakob Park. A win for Jose Mourinho's men tonight would put them through to the knockout stages, while even a draw could be enough should Schalke fall to a Steaua Buc
0 COMMENT BASEL DO THE DOUBLE OVER CHELSEA! The Swiss side were quite brilliant tonight and deserved all three points. That's all from me for tonight guys and girls. Good night!
0 COMMENT FULL-TIME: BASEL 1-0 CHELSEA A late goal from Salah secured all three points for the home side and gave them a huge boost in terms of their own qualification chances. Chelsea advance to the knockout stages despite the defeat, but their coach Mourinho will be concerned by another tepid performance wh
0 COMMENT HALF-TIME: BASEL 0-0 CHELSEA It's all square at the interval at St Jakob Park despite Basel dominating. The hosts have created an array of chances through their vibrant front four of Streller, Stocker, Salah and Frei, with Cech being forced into action on a couple of occasions. Chelsea, meanwhile, h

Match Statistics

BaselFCB

52
49
9
44
16
25
1
5
2
1
9
6
24
2
Possession (%) 52
Attacks 49
Corners 9
Dangerous Attacks 44
Fouls 16
Free Kicks 25
Goals 1
Goal Kicks 5
Offsides 2
Shots Blocked 1
Shots on Target 9
Shots Wide 6
Throw Ins 24
Yellow Cards 2

ChelseaCHE

48
39
4
30
22
19
0
10
3
1
0
1
18
2