Related

Article

UEFA Champions League: Chelsea 1 Basel 2

18 September 2013 22:38

Jose Mourinho endured frustration on his return to UEFA Champions League action with Chelsea as Basel came from a goal down to win 2-1.

Six years to the day after a 1-1 draw with Rosenborg that represented the final game of Mourinho's first spell in charge at Stamford Bridge, Chelsea were stunned by second-half goals from Mohamed Salah and Marco Streller.

Oscar fired the hosts ahead in the 45th minute in the Group E clash with his sixth goal in seven Champions League outings and the Brazilian also hit the bar prior to Salah’s classy left-footed leveller.

That goal prompted Chelsea to throw men forward, yet it was Basel - always dangerous on the break - who struck again when Streller beat Petr Cech with a near-post header from a corner.

Willian was handed his Chelsea debut and Marco van Ginkel a first start as Mourinho made five changes from the side beaten 1-0 by Everton at the weekend.

Basel recalled a host of players after fielding a weakened side for their Schweizer Pokal victory against Munsingen.

Mourinho's men unsurprisingly started the game on the front foot, albeit without creating any clear-cut opportunities.

There was a scare for Basel goalkeeper Yann Sommer in the 15th minute when he fumbled a corner from the left, but a free-kick was swiftly awarded in his favour.

The pacey Salah - a scorer at Stamford Bridge in last season's Europa League semi-final between the two sides - represented the main threat when Basel launched occasional attacks.

After Eden Hazard had spurned a rare clear sighting of goal for Chelsea following good work from Samuel Eto'o, Salah also proved wasteful when cutting in from the right and curling a shot over the bar.

Despite dominating possession and the corner count, the hosts remained frustrated as half-time approached.

However, Chelsea were lifted on the stroke of the interval as Oscar popped up with a timely goal.

David Luiz set the attack in motion by stepping into midfield and Oscar latched on to a delicate throughball from Frank Lampard to find the bottom-left corner with a first-time shot on the turn.

Streller was close to connecting with a left-wing cross early in the second half before Oscar struck the bar at the other end with a tremendous effort from just outside the area.

Hazard failed to hit the target once again either side of Branislav Ivanovic twice threatening from set-pieces.

Chelsea were then punished for not extending their lead when a cross from the left broke via Streller to Salah, who emulated Oscar by only requiring one touch to find the net.

Although Chelsea poured forward in search of a late winner, it was Basel who finished the stronger and their encouraging play gained reward as Streller shocked the home crowd.

Sponsored links

Info

1 - 2

Basel

W W W W W
Competition
UEFA Champions League
Date
18 September 2013
Game week
1
Kick-off
20:45
Half-time
1 - 0
Full-time
1 - 2
Venue
Stamford Bridge (London)
Attendance
40358

Goals

Oscar 45'
(assist by F. Lampard) 
1 - 0
1 - 1
71' Mohamed Salah
 (assist by M. Streller)
1 - 2
81' M. Streller
 (assist by M. Delgado)

Lineups

# Player Bookings
1
19
15
13
16
14
21 64'
20
22 71'
9 81'
30
Coach: M. Yakin

Substitutes

# Player Bookings
10
19
12
28
26
15
23
# Player Bookings
10
5
34
4
7
18
26

Thursday 30 July

Wednesday 29 July

23:29
23:20
23:16
23:03
22:46
22:14
21:25
19:34
19:31
19:06
18:40
18:13
17:44
17:31
17:17
17:04
16:54
16:49
16:46
16:37
16:24
16:09
15:57
15:38
15:26
14:13
13:11
12:03
11:38
11:20
09:37
08:57
08:55
07:36
07:26
07:26
07:07
06:22
06:20
06:18
06:15
05:11
04:22
03:56
03:34
02:53
02:19
00:27
00:00

Tuesday 28 July

23:46
23:32
23:24
23:19
22:58
22:48
22:02
21:49
19:51
19:49
19:01
17:44
17:18
17:05
16:59
16:58
16:28
16:17
16:00
15:43
14:47
14:35
14:23
14:21
13:00
12:26
12:16
12:04
11:33
09:55
09:08
08:55
07:25
06:24
05:00
04:55
03:31
02:10
00:57
00:54
00:54

Facebook