Chelsea 3-1 FC Basel: All 3 of the Blues' Brilliant Goals

Joe KrishnanContributor IMay 2, 2013

David Luiz's stunner books Chelsea's place in the Europa League Final
David Luiz's stunner books Chelsea's place in the Europa League FinalScott Heavey/Getty Images

Chelsea recorded a comfortable victory over FC Basel after a nervy first-half showing, with a stunning strike from David Luiz sealing the Blues' place in the Europa League Final.

Goals from Victor Moses and Fernando Torres helped Rafa Benitez's side to victory, but it was the Brazilian Luiz's strike which will steal the headlines of the back pages.

The 26-year-old received the ball from Frank Lampard, and with acres of space around him, the former Benfica man tried his luck from 25 yards out. Hit with precision and pace, his effort sailed through the air and Basel keeper Yann Sommer watched helplessly as it flew into the back of the net.

See Luiz's incredible strike with a superb image below (all GIFs and videos are courtesy of 101 Great Goals):

The West London side took a while to get into gear, looking somewhat complacent in the first half, and a goal on the stroke of half-time from Mohamed Salah gave the Swiss side hope.

A lovely bit of linkup play in the middle from Fabian Frei and Valentin Stocker saw the ball fall to the Egyptian, and he coolly slotted his effort past the onrushing Petr Cech.

But Torres continued his impressive form in the competition, notching his fifth goal in eight Europa League performances, responding quickly to Sommer's fumble after Frank Lampard scuffed his effort. 

The look on his face showed more relief than joy, and from there, Chelsea were rampant.

Nigerian international Moses found himself in the right place at the right time for his goal, with Torres' weak effort deflecting to the former Wigan winger.

And despite a desperate interception from the Basel defenders, the ball fell kindly to Moses, who kept his composure to slot home and seal the game as a contest.