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Europa League semifinals: Chelsea and Benfica go through

Benfica and Chelsea will meet in Amsterdam after dispatching Fenerbahce and Basel in the semifinals

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Cardozo fires Benfica into the final

Benfica advanced to the Europa League final, overturning a 1-0 deficit from the first leg thanks to a brace from Óscar Cardozo.


Chelsea book final date with Basel win

Chelsea secured their place in the final after three second half goals sunk a Basel side who started well but faded badly.


Changes to both sides for Benfica vs Fener

Benfica have made a few chances from the side which lost the away leg of their Europa League clash 1-0 against Fenerbahçe. Jardel, Lorenzo Melgarejo, André Gomes, Juan Pablo Aimar and Ola John are all left out, in a 4-4-2 formation. Luisão, Nico Gaitán, Enzo Pérez and Lima come into the starting eleven.

For Fener, there is no Raul Meireles, with Selçuk Şahin starting alongside Cristian Baroni in the deeper midfield positions, while Mehmet Topal is left out in favour of Caner Erkin. Salih Uçan started the match in Turkey from the bench, though he's in for Pierre Webó for this return match.

Benfica (4-4-2): Artur Moraes; André Almeida, Luisão, Ezequiel Garay, Maxi Pereira; Nico Gaitán, Eduardo Salvio, Enzo Pérez, Nemanja Matić; Óscar Cardozo, Lima

Fenerbahçe (4-2-3-1): Volkan Demirel; Reto Ziegler, Joseph Yobo, Egemen Korkmaz, Gökhan Gönül; Cristian Baroni, Selçuk Şahin; Caner Erkin, Salih Uçan, Caner Erkin, Dirk Kuyt; Moussa Sow.


Chelsea vs. Basel: Lineups

Two changes for Rafa Benitez as Chelsea looks to advance to the Europa League final. Ashley Cole is suspended so Ryan Bertrand takes over at left back while Gary Cahill replaces John Terry who started the first leg. Ramires had been doubtful with dead leg but he recovered enough to make the start in the midfield.

Basel have made a couple changes on the back line with starting central defender Aleksandar Dragovic suspended. Head coach Murat Yakin has called upon Gastón Sauro to pair with Fabian Schär in the center along with switching out both his fullbacks from the first leg. Markus Steinhöfer replaces Park Joo-Ho on the left side while Kay Voser takes over on the right for Philipp Degen.

Both Degen and Park are on the bench.

Chelsea starting lineup (4-2-3-1): Petr Cech; Ryan Bertrand, Gary Cahill, Branislav Ivanovic, César Azpilicueta; David Luiz, Frank Lampard; Victor Moses, Eden Hazard, Ramires; Fernando Torres.

Basel starting lineup (4-1-4-1): Yann Sommer; Kay Voser, Fabian Schär, Gastón Sauro, Markus Steinhöfer; Fabian Frei; Valentin Stocker, Serey Die, Mohamed Elneny, Mohamed Salah; Marco Streller.


Benfica aim to overturn Fenerbahce lead in Lisbon

Benfica are 1-0 down from the first leg on their Europa League semi-final, but will still be hoping they can do what's required to progress against Fenerbahce as they host the Turkish outfit in Lisbon.

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