Europa League Semi-finals : Basel 1-2 FC Chelsea

David Luis v Basel 2

David Luiz, FC Chelsea

Europa League Semi-finals : Basel 1-2 FC Chelsea

David Luiz scored Chelsea's second goal from a free kick during their UEFA Europa League Semi Final First Leg match victory against FC Basel 1893 at St. Jakob Stadium on April 25, 2013 in Basel, Switzerland.

After an opening goal from Victor Moses, Basel came back with a penalty kick past Petr Cesc for the equalizer.

David Luiz gave Chelsea a valuable second away goal going into the second leg.

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In the closing minutes of the match, Luiz was given the opportunity for a free-kick at 25 yards out - right in Luiz's comfort zone. Luiz sidefooted his shot through a slot in the wall. The surprised keeper made a soft attempt to push it away - but missed and the ball went into the net - 1-2 final score.

Chelsea are favored to win the Europa League silverware this campaign. And Blues' manager Rafa Benitez has hopes of finishing in the Premier League top four to ensure qualification to the Champions League next season.

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'I want to go to the final, but it is not finished. This title is very important for us, and for me I want another title,' said David Luiz.

Juan Mata said after the win, 'For the club it's very important to play in the Champions League next season, but now we have the chance to win another trophy so we will try our best until the end.'

Squads

Basel: Sommer, P Degen, Schar, Dragovic, Park, Fabian Frei, Salah, El-Nenny, Die, Stocker, Streller. Subs: Vailati, D Degen, Diaz, Cabral, Sauro, Steinhofer, Zoua. 
Chelsea: Cech, Azpilicueta, Ivanovic, Terry, Cole, David Luiz, Hazard, Ramires, Lampard, Moses, Torres. Subs: Turnbull, Mata, Oscar, Mikel, Cahill, Benayoun, Bertrand. 

The traveling Champions of Europe have recently been to Monaco, Denmark, Ukraine, Italy, the Czech Republic, Romania and Russia, and Switzerland.

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