David Luiz scored an injury-time free-kick to give Chelsea a precious lead from their Europa League semi-final first leg against Basel in Switzerland.

Chelsea led when Frank Lampard's corner hit the unsuspecting Victor Moses and flew into the corner after 11 minutes.

Fabian Schar equalised from the spot with three minutes left after Cesar Azpilicueta was harshly penalised for a challenge on Valentin Stocker.

But Luiz steered in a low free-kick to secure Chelsea a vital victory.

Analysis

"Victory is no more than Chelsea deserve. In the last three or four minutes of the match they went for it and got their just rewards. A very, very good result indeed. They played very well. Ironically, Chelsea won this game to the chagrin of Rafa Benitez. He feared the breakaway, but the players have thought 'you know what, we are going to win this.' An outstanding all-round team performance."

Basel will argue that Luiz, who played in midfield, was fortunate to be on the pitch after catching Philipp Degen on the shin with a challenge that referee Pavel Kralovec deemed only worthy of a yellow card 10 minutes earlier.

But equally the visitors would have had every right to feel hard done by if they had left Switzerland with a draw after Kralovec found fault with Azpilicueta.

Ashley Cole, who made his first start since sustaining a hamstring injury on 1 April, will miss next week's second leg at Stamford Bridge after receiving a caution for time wasting.

Chelsea, who have only failed to win a trophy in three seasons since Roman Abramovich took over in 2003, are attempting to become the first team to win the Champions League and then the Europa League in successive years.

The frustration for Rafael Benitez's side is that they had the chances to be returning to London with an even more comfortable advantage.

But given that Basel have beaten Bayern Munich, Manchester United and Zenit St Petersburg at St Jakob-Park over the past two seasons, this was an impressive evening's work for a team that had lost four of its previous five European away matches.

Chelsea's defensive concern

Rafael Benitez's side have not kept a clean sheet in their last 11 European matches.

Basel won plenty of plaudits for their performances against Tottenham but they could never be accused of being negative and Chelsea ruthlessly exploited the home side's open defence on the way to taking the lead.

Hazard weighted a pass in behind Park Joo Ho for Azpilicueta to clip in a cross that saw Lampard's shot turned around the post by Yann Sommer.

But from the Lampard corner that followed, the ball dropped over Branislav Ivanovic and hit Moses in the face before bouncing into the corner of the net for his third goal in three Europa League matches.

As the hosts searched for a response, Schar's deflected free-kick was turned over the bar by Petr Cech, who also had to pull off a low save from Mohamed Salah.

But Chelsea had two fine opportunities to double their advantage before the interval, with Lampard finding Ramires and the Brazilian's shot being pushed away by Sommer before Hazard lifted over after a wild attempt at an overhead kick from Fernando Torres.

After the break, Stocker swapped passes with Marco Streller as he drifted in from the left and then saw his low drive glance away off the post.

At the other end Hazard made a fine run down the left and pulled back for Torres, whose stab at goal wrong-footed Sommer but hit the woodwork.

Chelsea were being forced ever deeper but were cruelly penalised when Azpilicueta appeared to steer a cross away from Stocker, only for referee Kralovec to award a penalty.

Schar made no mistake with the penalty but there was still time for Oscar to pass up a good late opportunity before Sommer pulled off a fine block from John Terry's header.

Yet a combination of a poor wall and Sommer's error allowed a Luiz free-kick to find the bottom corner in the fourth minute of added time.

Lineup, Bookings (6) & Substitutions (5)

FC Basel

  • 01 Sommer
  • 03 Joo-ho Park
  • 04 Degen
  • 06 Dragovic Booked
  • 16 Schar Booked
  • 08 Geoffroy (Marcelo Diaz - 61' )
  • 14 Stocker
  • 20 F Frei
  • 22 Salah (Degen - 78' Booked )
  • 33 El-Nenny (Jacques Zoua - 65' )
  • 09 Streller

Substitutes

  • 18 Vailati
  • 26 Sauro
  • 27 Steinhofer
  • 07 Degen
  • 21 Marcelo Diaz
  • 24 Cabral
  • 31 Jacques Zoua

Chelsea

  • 01 Cech
  • 02 Ivanovic
  • 03 Cole Booked
  • 04 Luiz Booked
  • 26 Terry
  • 28 Azpilicueta Booked
  • 07 Ramires
  • 08 Lampard (Oscar - 79' )
  • 13 Moses
  • 17 Hazard (Mata - 71' )
  • 09 Torres

Substitutes

  • 22 Turnbull
  • 24 Cahill
  • 34 Bertrand
  • 10 Mata
  • 11 Oscar
  • 12 Mikel
  • 30 Benayoun
Ref: Kralovec
Att: 36,000

Match Stats

Shots

13 16

On target

3 9

Corners

8 8

Fouls

13 9

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:31 Full time

Full Time The game is over, as the referee blows his whistle.

90:00 +3:43 Goal scored

Goal! - David Luiz - FC Basel 1 - 2 Chelsea David Luiz scores a goal from long range to the bottom right corner of the goal. Basle 1-2 Chelsea.

90:00 +3:23

Free kick awarded for a foul by Valentin Stocker on Nascimento Ramires. Ashley Cole restarts play with the free kick,

90:00 +2:42

Corner from left by-line taken by Juan Mata.

90:00 +2:20

David Degen takes a shot. Save by Petr Cech.

90:00 +1:12

Corner taken by Juan Mata from the right by-line. John Terry takes a shot. Brilliant save by Yann Sommer. Corner taken short by Victor Moses. A cross is delivered by Victor Moses, save made by Yann Sommer.

90:00 +0:07

Free kick awarded for a foul by Nascimento Ramires on Fabian Frei. Direct free kick taken by Fabian Frei.

88:55

Direct strike on goal from the free kick comes in from Juan Mata.

88:55 Booking

Booking Fabian Schar is cautioned.

88:47

Fabian Schar gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Victor Moses.

88:06

Shot from deep inside the area by Emboaba Oscar goes over the bar.

87:49

Victor Moses produces a cross, save by Yann Sommer.

86:53 Goal scored

Goal! - Fabian Schar - FC Basel 1 - 1 Chelsea Penalty taken right-footed by Fabian Schar and scored. Basle 1-1 Chelsea.

86:02 Booking

Booking Cesar Azpilicueta is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.

85:34

Penalty awarded for an unfair challenge on Valentin Stocker by Cesar Azpilicueta.

85:08

Corner taken by Marcelo Diaz from the left by-line, save by Petr Cech.

84:50

Fabian Frei produces a right-footed shot from just outside the penalty area that goes harmlessly over the target.

84:37

Inswinging corner taken by Marcelo Diaz from the left by-line, David Luiz manages to make a clearance.

84:27

A cross is delivered by Jacques Zoua, Ashley Cole makes a clearance.

82:54

Free kick crossed by Marcelo Diaz.

82:54 Booking

Booking The referee books David Luiz for unsporting behaviour.

82:49

Free kick awarded for a foul by David Luiz on Philipp Degen.

81:38

Foul by David Degen on David Luiz, free kick awarded. John Terry takes the direct free kick.

79:52

Juan Mata sends in a cross, Branislav Ivanovic has an effort at goal from close in which goes wide right of the goal.

79:52 Booking

Booking David Degen goes into the book.

79:49

Free kick awarded for a foul by David Degen on Juan Mata.

79:00 Substitution

Substitution (Chelsea) makes a substitution, with Emboaba Oscar coming on for Frank Lampard.

77:44 Substitution

Substitution Mohamed Salah leaves the field to be replaced by David Degen.

77:44

Effort on goal by Frank Lampard from outside the penalty box goes harmlessly over the bar.

74:45

Frank Lampard takes a shot from 20 yards. Fabian Schar gets a block in.

73:18

Marcelo Diaz has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the right of the goal.

72:17

Fabian Schar takes a shot from a long way out which goes wide of the right-hand post.

71:31

Nascimento Ramires is ruled offside. Free kick taken by Aleksander Dragovic.

69:43

John Terry restarts play with the free kick.

69:43 Substitution

Substitution Juan Mata comes on in place of Eden Hazard.

69:43 Booking

Booking Aleksander Dragovic goes into the book for unsporting behaviour.

69:35

Aleksander Dragovic gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Fernando Torres.

68:05 Booking

Booking Booking for Ashley Cole for time wasting.

67:08

Fabian Frei produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide right of the target.

65:25

The ball is delivered by Nascimento Ramires.

64:31

Indirect free kick taken by Petr Cech.

64:31 Substitution

Substitution Jacques Zoua joins the action as a substitute, replacing Mohamed El-Nenny.

64:31

The referee blows for offside against Marco Streller.

61:54

Victor Moses gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Fabian Schar. Direct free kick taken by Fabian Schar.

60:06 Substitution

Substitution Marcelo Diaz replaces Serey Die.

58:38

Outswinging corner taken by Frank Lampard, clearance by Aleksander Dragovic.

57:03

Inswinging corner taken by Mohamed El-Nenny, Marco Streller produces a header from deep inside the six-yard box which goes wide of the right-hand post.

56:57

The ball is sent over by Valentin Stocker, David Luiz makes a clearance.

54:46

Serey Die has an effort at goal from outside the box missing to the wide left of the goal.

53:19

Centre by Eden Hazard, Shot by Fernando Torres from inside the box hits the post.

52:14

Fernando Torres fouled by Serey Die, the ref awards a free kick. David Luiz takes the direct free kick.

51:07

Valentin Stocker is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Free kick taken by Petr Cech.

49:13

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Aleksander Dragovic by Frank Lampard. Direct free kick taken by Aleksander Dragovic.

49:02

Marco Streller is caught offside. Free kick taken by Petr Cech.

48:28

Corner taken right-footed by Mohamed El-Nenny, save made by Petr Cech.

47:47

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Mohamed El-Nenny from the left by-line. Nascimento Ramires manages to make a clearance.

47:27

Valentin Stocker takes a shot from a just insdie the box and strikes the post.

45:44

Free kick awarded for a foul by Nascimento Ramires on Joo-Ho Park. Fabian Schar restarts play with the free kick.

45:01

The game restarts for the second half.

45:00 +1:02 Half time

Half Time The ref blows to signal half-time.

45:00 +0:46

Nascimento Ramires concedes a free kick for a foul on Joo-Ho Park. Free kick taken by Aleksander Dragovic.

43:56

Effort from deep inside the area by Eden Hazard misses to the left of the target.

43:23

Cesar Azpilicueta produces a cross. Effort on goal by Eden Hazard from just inside the penalty area goes over the target.

38:51

Free kick awarded for a foul by Marco Streller on John Terry. Free kick taken by Petr Cech.

37:07

David Luiz fouled by Mohamed El-Nenny, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Frank Lampard.

35:11

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Nascimento Ramires by Joo-Ho Park. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Eden Hazard, Marco Streller makes a clearance.

34:55

Nascimento Ramires takes a shot. Yann Sommer makes a fantastic save.

33:47

Serey Die gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on David Luiz. David Luiz restarts play with the free kick.

33:15

Fernando Torres takes a shot. Save made by Yann Sommer.

31:04

Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Frank Lampard, Yann Sommer fouled by Branislav Ivanovic, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Yann Sommer.

30:27

Fernando Torres takes a shot. Blocked by Fabian Schar.

27:23

Aleksander Dragovic challenges Victor Moses unfairly and gives away a free kick. David Luiz restarts play with the free kick.

26:52

Effort from inside the area by Valentin Stocker misses to the right of the target.

25:22

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Frank Lampard, Yann Sommer makes a save.

23:22

Marco Streller crosses the ball.

22:39

The ball is crossed by Aleksander Dragovic.

22:04

Corner taken by Valentin Stocker, John Terry manages to make a clearance.

21:44

A cross is delivered by Philipp Degen, clearance by John Terry.

21:03

Cesar Azpilicueta produces a cross.

20:17

Eden Hazard fouled by Serey Die, the ref awards a free kick. John Terry restarts play with the free kick.

19:22

Mohamed El-Nenny produces a right-footed effort from long distance that goes harmlessly over the bar.

17:41

Mohamed Salah takes a shot. Save made by Petr Cech.

15:59

Free kick awarded for a foul by Branislav Ivanovic on Marco Streller. Fabian Schar shoots direct from the free kick, save made by Petr Cech. Outswinging corner taken by Philipp Degen, clearance by Branislav Ivanovic.

13:44

Eden Hazard takes a shot. Save made by Yann Sommer.

11:42

Assist on the goal came from Frank Lampard.

11:42 Goal scored

Goal! - Victor Moses - FC Basel 0 - 1 Chelsea Victor Moses scores a headed goal from close range. Basle 0-1 Chelsea.

11:14

The ball is crossed by Cesar Azpilicueta, Frank Lampard takes a shot. Save by Yann Sommer. Corner taken by Frank Lampard from the right by-line,

10:41

Foul by Serey Die on David Luiz, free kick awarded. Branislav Ivanovic takes the free kick.

7:04

Corner taken by Frank Lampard, save by Yann Sommer.

3:08

Effort from just outside the area by Mohamed El-Nenny goes over the bar.

2:33

Short corner worked by Mohamed El-Nenny.

0:00

The game gets underway.

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