UEFA Europa League Semifinals

Defending UEFA Champions League winners Chelsea will head to Switzerland to take on FC Basel in the first Europa League semifinal. This is the first time Basel had made a semifinal in any European competition. The other semifinal will see another first time semifinalist Fenerbahce play host to Portugal’s Benfica.

The defending champion Blues have to be considered the favorite, but as we have seen from these competitions in the past, anything can happen.


Chelsea survives Sparta Prague scare


Eden Hazard climbed off the bench to notch a last-gasp goal to fire Chelsea into the last 16 of the Europa League at the expense of Sparta Prague with a 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge.

Just nine months on from winning the Champions League, the west Londoners only just managed to overcome the side third in the Czech top flight at Stamford Bridge.

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