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LONDON -- Chelsea has a chance to finish the season with another European trophy -- even though it wasnt the one they originally set out for. Buy Cheap Jerseys China . Chelsea reached its first Europa League final on Thursday after finishing off Basel with a comeback 3-1 win at Stamford Bridge, giving the team a chance to salvage some pride after becoming the first reigning Champions League holder to get knocked out in the group stage. "Really pleased to be there," interim Chelsea manager Rafa Benitez said. "Weve been working so hard through the year to be in a semifinal, final. And now were in the final. The players really deserve to be there." Fernando Torres scored one goal and set up another, while David Luiz added a spectacular curling strike to cap the victory. Chelsea held a 2-1 lead from the first leg but Basel threatened a comeback when Mohamed Salah put the Swiss side ahead in first-half injury time. But Torres engineered the comeback after the break, equalizing in the 50th and helping create the second for Victor Moses just two minutes later. David Luiz finished off the victory in style, curling in an unstoppable strike from outside the area in the 59th as Chelsea advanced 5-2 on aggregate. Chelsea will play Benfica in the final in Amsterdam on May 15 in what will be Benitezs only chance to finish his tenure with a trophy. Benfica beat Turkish club Fenerbahce 3-1 at home to turn around a 1-0 deficit from the first leg and advance. Chelsea lost the final in the Club World Cup this season along with defeats in the European Super Cup and Englands Community Shield, but will be a big favourite against Benfica. "We have one more opportunity to win a big title," Luiz said. "We have lost three finals this season." Benitez is widely expected to leave in the off-season and the crowd made it clear they wont miss him, with chants of "Jose Mourinho" ringing out regularly around Stamford Bridge. Mourinho hinted strongly at a return to the London club on Wednesday after Real Madrid was eliminated in the Champions League semifinals. But Benitez once again found a way to turn a game around in the second half, after Basel had taken advantage of poor defending to go ahead just before the break. Valentin Stocker fed Salah with a pass through two defenders that beat the offside trap and set him free against Cech, and the winger calmly slotted his finish into the left side of the net. The lead didnt last long though, and Chelsea took full control after the break -- although Benitez wouldnt say what he told the team at halftime. "It was just things we werent doing well, things we could improve," Benitez said. "And the reaction was really good." Frank Lampards low shot from outside the area was saved by Yann Sommer, and Torres slid in to fire the rebound into the roof of the net for the equalizer. The second came almost immediately and in similar fashion. This time it was Torres who fired a shot from outside the area that was deflected into the path of Moses, who slotted in from nearly the same spot. If those goals were more gritty than pretty, David Luiz added a bit of flair seven minutes later. Lampard collected a cross outside the area and thought about shooting before laying the ball off to the Brazilian defender, whose left-footed shot curled perfectly into the far corner past a helpless Sommer. "In the first half we played very good and I think we caused Chelsea some problems," Basel coach Murat Yakin said. "In the second half, it just went too fast. We made a few mistakes and we were caught out cold. But I want to give compliments to my team, we put in a great performance here." Lampard was looking to equal Bobby Tamblings club record of 202 career goals and nearly converted Chelseas first chance in the eighth minute. Torres played Lampard clear with a delicate lob into the area, but the midfielders first-time effort bounced against the far post. With the game out of reach in the closing minutes, Basels fans saluted their teams run to the semifinals by lighting flares and unfurling flags in the away section, jumping up and down and applauding. Basel still has a shot at a domestic double as it tops the Swiss league and has reached the cup final. "This was a great experience for us, but its also a new experience for us to be still in three competitions in May," Yakin said. "I think that the team has really grown from this." Buy Cheap Jerseys From China .Y. -- Familiar inconsistencies. cheap jerseys . The 20-year-old Cizikas scored a career-high 64 points for the Mississauga St. Michaels Majors in the OHL this season, and added another 19 points in the OHL playoffs and three points in the Memorial Cup before the Majors fell to the Saint John Sea Dogs in the Finals.ROME -- Duncan Weirs last-gasp dropped goal lifted Scotland over Italy 21-20 at Stadio Olimpico on Saturday for its first victory in this years Six Nations. Italy was heading towards breaking its own duck with a fourth straight home victory over Scotland after lock Joshua Furnos first international try, which replacement flyhalf Luciano Orquera converted with less than 10 minutes remaining. But defeat left Italy winless through three rounds, while Scotland earned some redemption in rebounding from a 20-0 home loss to England, regarded as one of its worst displays ever. "Its all a big blur to be honest," Weir said. "We had a few chances to go for it. I was in the pocket and Cus (Chris Cusiter) gave me a lovely ball and the rest is history. "You just have to go back to basics, get your ball drop right, and I managed to execute it. Its a great feeling and I am delighted for the boys we have come away with the win. We can kick on from here now." With captain Sergio Parisse and prop Martin Castrogiovanni marking their record 104th caps for Italy, they were in the forefront in giving their side a deserved 13-3 lead at halftime. All of its points came from former Scotland Under-20 flyhalf Tommaso Allan, including his second international try. Scotland upped its intensity after the interval, and centre Alex Dunbar scored two tries with Weir converting the second. Captain Greg Laidlaw missed one kick but weighed in with two penalties. "The quality of the match was disappointing," Italy coach Jacques Brunel said. "It was the worst Italy Ive seen since Ive been here. We gifted Scotland the chance to win through our mistakes. "Were behind in regards to our ambitions. I want to understand why we were so bad. We have to react. Our defence was good up until a certain point. But then ... we didnt do our part, we can put on very different performances." Scotland conceded a third scrum penalty in the 12th minute and from that the Azzurri went on the attackk. cheap jerseys from china. As Italy punched at the tryline, roared on by the vociferous crowd, Allan forced it over but Robert Barbieris pass was forward, and Italy came away with a penalty. Scotlands indiscipline continued to grow, with the visitors conceding five penalties in the opening quarter -- and that was to increase to 10 by halftime. However, Laidlaw evened the score with a penalty kick in the 23rd. Scotland, which had one try in its last five matches in the Six Nations, had a great chance on the half hour when Weir broke in the Italian half but he cut inside instead of using Sean Lamont on his outside and slipped. Allan put Italy back in front with another kick, and added his converted try in the final minute of the half, going over from Furnos pass after Sergio Parisses charge off the back of the scrum. Rather than deflate Scotland, the late score spurred the visitors to new heights in the new half. They put Italy under sustained pressure. The breach finally came in the 54th when Weir jolted the ball from Italy scrumhalf Edoardo Gori. Scotland spread it quick, and Dunbar sliced through and sped into the right corner to score Scotlands first try of the championship. It took 12 more minutes to score its second. From a scrum on halfway, left wing Sean Lamont ran over Allan and Dunbar burst through. With Laidlaw off, Weir converted for Scotlands first lead at 18-13. Italy looked to have rescued the win after a big run by left wing Leonardo Sarto up the middle, finished by Orquera and Parisse sending Furno over in the right corner for his first try in 16 appearances. Italy had a two-point lead. But for the last few minutes, Scotlands forwards took control, busily working the phases, keeping the ball and making hard yards. With 19 seconds left, replacement scrumhalf Chris Cusiter fired the ball to Weir, who struck it sweet from 35 metres. He was already running back to his half in joy by the time the ball flew high inside the left post, the Stadio Olimpico stunned into silence. ' ' '
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