CHELSEA FC QUALIFY FOR CHAMPIONS LEAGUE KNOCK-OUT STAGE DESPITE A LOSE TO BASEL

For the second time in this group stage, Basel were deserved winners over Chelsea but Schalke’s 0-0 draw away in Romania puts Chelsea through to the Champions League knockout stages.
The Blues came looking for the win that would guarantee top spot but that rarely looked on the cards. On a night when Samuel Eto’o was carried off on a stretcher, Chelsea attacking play did not record a shot on target, whereas in the first-half the enduring excellence of Petr Cech kept the home side at bay.
The second-half display by Chelsea was more solid but with their one genuine opening after the break, Basel scored late in the game through Mohamed Salah. There was no way back and Chelsea now need a win at Stamford Bridge against Steaua if they are to go into the last 16 draw as group stage winners.

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