Europa League review

Chelsea and Benfica make final

May 2, 2013

Chelsea advanced to a European final for the second successive season with a comprehensive 3-1 Europa League semi-final second leg win against FC Basel at Stamford Bridge, 5-2 on aggregate.

Fernando Torres applauds David Luiz after his stunning goal put the tie with Basel beyond doubt
GettyImagesFernando Torres applauds David Luiz after his stunning goal put the tie with Basel beyond doubt

Last season's Champions League winners fell behind to Mohamed Salah's fine 45th-minute goal for the Swiss champions, but Fernando Torres and Victor Moses maintained their impressive individual records in the competition by scoring within three second-half minutes.

David Luiz's stunning curled goal ended the tie as a contest and ensured Chelsea's passage to the May 15 final in Amsterdam against his former club Benfica - but there was no record-equalling goal for Frank Lampard on a memorable night in west London.

Chelsea are now well-placed to secure both their targets in the final weeks of Rafael Benitez's reign, with the Europa League their eighth and final chance of silverware at the end of another turbulent season. It would also mean Chelsea become the first team to hold both European titles at the same time, with the Champions League final on May 25.

Oscar Cardozo struck twice as Benfica overturned a first-leg deficit to reach the Europa League final 3-1 - 3-2 on aggregate - at the expense of Fenerbahce.

Trailing 1-0 from the first leg in Turkey, the hosts got off to the perfect start at the Estadio da Luz when Nicolas Gaitan put them ahead on the night and level overall within nine minutes.

They were pegged back by a Dirk Kuyt penalty against the run of play soon after, but Cardozo's slick finish restored Benfica's lead before the break and the Paraguay striker was in the right place again midway through the second half to slam home the crucial third goal.