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Basle 1 Chelsea 2: David Luiz strikes winner after shocking penalty decision

Basle 1 Chelsea 2: Luiz strikes with last kick of the game after Swiss side level with questionable penalty… but the Brazilian shouldn't have been on the pitch

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20:58 GMT, 25 April 2013

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UPDATED:

21:15 GMT, 25 April 2013

David Luiz scored a free-kick at the death to earn a crucial Europa League away win against Basle in the first-leg semi-final.

Moments earlier he had committed a late, high lunge, which should have seen him red carded.

It followed a shocking decision by referee Pavel Kralovec, when he adjudged Cesar Azpilicueta to have committed a foul in the area when it was clear he had not.

Fabian Schar struck from the spot to cancel out Victor Moses' first half header and seemingly earn Basle a draw.

Last gasp: David Luiz struck with what proved to be the final kick of the game

Last gasp: David Luiz struck with what proved to be the final kick of the game

Pure delight: Luiz celebrates wildly after scoring with a low free-kick

Pure delight: Luiz celebrates wildly after scoring with a low free-kick

Tucked away: Fabian Schar converted after a penalty was awarded for very little at all

Tucked away: Fabian Schar converted after a penalty was awarded for very little at all

Match facts

Basle: Sommer, Philipp Degen, Schar, Dragovic, Park, Fabian Frei, Salah, El-Nenny, Die, Stocker, Streller.

Subs: Vailati, David Degen, Diaz, Cabral, Sauro, Steinhofer, Zoua.

Chelsea: Cech, Azpilicueta, Ivanovic, Terry, Cole, Luiz, Hazard, Ramires, Lampard, Moses, Torres.

Subs: Turnbull, Mata, Oscar, Mikel, Cahill, Benayoun, Bertrand.

Ref: Pavel Kralovec (Czech Republic)

More to follow.

Away goal: Victor Moses' (right) header opened the scoring for Chelsea

Away goal: Victor Moses' (right) header opened the scoring for Chelsea

Topsy-turvy: The Nigerian winger celebrated in style

Topsy-turvy: The Nigerian winger celebrated in style

Topsy-turvy: The Nigerian winger celebrated in style with some of his trademark acrobatics

Aiming high: Rafa Benitez wants to take Chelsea to Europa League glory this season

Aiming high: Rafa Benitez wants to take Chelsea to Europa League glory this season

Magic man: Until he was substituted, Eden Hazard was the star of the show

Magic man: Until he was substituted, Eden Hazard was the star of the show

Frustration: Marco Streller reacts after missing a good opportunity as Chelsea sat back

Frustration: Marco Streller reacts after missing a good opportunity as Chelsea sat back

Rafael Benitez furious comments attack onChelsea fans and the club

I'm leaving at the end of the season! Furious Rafa finally cracks and blasts fans with 'agenda' as well as Chelsea for making him 'interim manager'

By
Rik Sharma

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22:14 GMT, 27 February 2013

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UPDATED:

22:18 GMT, 27 February 2013

A furious Rafael Benitez has confirmed he will be leaving Chelsea at the end of the season.

The interim Chelsea manager blasted the fans for their negative attitude towards him and told them to support the team.

His comments came after Chelsea beat Middlesbrough 2-0 at the Riverside Stadium in the FA Cup fifth-round.

Benitez also claimed the club's decision to appoint him as an 'interim manager' was a massive mistake.

Come on: Chelsea were lethargic during the game but did enough to beat Boro

Come on: Chelsea were lethargic during the game but did enough to beat Boro

More to follow.

Rafael Benitez demands improvement from Chelsea

Benitez admits Chelsea are misfiring in front of goal… but STILL defends hapless Torres

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UPDATED:

15:42 GMT, 1 December 2012

Rafa Benitez has demanded an instant improvement from his Chelsea side after they slumped to a 3-1 defeat at West Ham.

The Spaniard lost his first game since taking over as interim manager but he has now failed to win any of his three games in charge.

Benitez also acknowledged his side are struggling in front of goal but defended under-fire striker Fernando Torres whose goal drought extended beyond 12 hours.

Rafael Benitez

Chelsea manager Rafael Benitez

Under pressure: Rafa Benitez watched his side throw away the lead at Upton Park

'To win, it's simple,' he said. 'In the first half we just had to score more goals. We have to improve.

'We know that football has two halves, the game has two halves. In the first half we had two or three chances – we just need to score more goals.

'I thought the team had chances, not just Fernando. When you are attacking and you are controlling the game like we did in the first half, you have to score goals.'

West Ham boss Sam Allardyce meanwhile was pleased his decision to bring on Mohamed Diame at half-time paid off.

Message: The Chelsea fans continued to make their feelings about Benitez known at West Ham

Message: The Chelsea fans continued to make their feelings about Benitez known at West Ham

The Hammers trailed to Juan Mata's
opener at the break but Allardyce brought on Diame and his introduction
changed the game as Carlton Cole, Diame and Modibo Maiga scored the
goals to earn the home side all three points.

Allardyce said: 'We started okay but when they scored we just lost our confidence. I think we lost our momentum.

'I just needed to make some changes, bring in some fresh legs. It was all about playing in the opposition's half, playing off Carlton Cole. I felt he was itching for a real good game.

'They can really enjoy their week now, have a bit of a rest the next few days and then come back ready for the Liverpool.'

Down and out: Fernando Torres had another poor game in front of goal for Chelsea

Down and out: Fernando Torres had another poor game in front of goal for Chelsea

Cole meanwhile credited Allardyce for turning the match on its head.

'I've got to put it down to the gaffer's tactics, we were a bit defensive in the first half,' Cole told Sky Sports.

'We switched it around and put on some attacking players. Momo came on and did brilliantly and changed the game for us.'

Cole started in place of the injured Andy Carroll and was pleased with his goal

In front: Mohamed Diame was an inspired substitution by Sam Allardyce

In front: Mohamed Diame was an inspired substitution by Sam Allardyce

'I haven't had a good time in the Prem of late. I just knew if I kept working hard and training hard the goal would come.'

Diame admitted that Allardyce had been right to rest him from the starting line-up.

'I played the two games against Tottenham and Man Utd I think I needed the rest,' he said.

'After this game we are going to get confidence and keep going. I think we did well today. It is a great result for us.'

Jose Mourinho welcomes Rafa Benitez to Chelsea (sort of)

Where were you in Istanbul Rafa gets riled as Mourinho has dig at new Chelsea boss (sort of)

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UPDATED:

11:42 GMT, 23 November 2012

Rafa Benitez has not received the warmest of welcomes from Chelsea fans and it would appear former Stamford Bridge boss Jose Mourinho is not a fan of the new man either.

Benitez this week became the latest in a long line of managers employed by ruthless Russian Roman Abramovich after Roberto Di Matteo was sacked.

And ex-Liverpool favourite Benitez received an immediate confidence boost when he was given the Darren Farley 'Voice of Football' treatment.

Following on from Sportsmail's exclusive video of Rafa's first day, impressionist Farley has been at it again and teamed up with Paul Reid to reveal what happened (sort of) when Mourinho got in touch with Benitez.

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Barry Lane and Paul Broadhurst qualify for The Open

Golden oldies make it through to Open: Lane and Broadhurst qualify for St Annes Old

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UPDATED:

19:05 GMT, 3 July 2012

Former Ryder Cup pair Barry Lane and Paul Broadhurst, aged 52 and 46 respectively, have both made it back into the Open Championship.

Broadhurst, whose round of 63 at St Andrews in 1990 has still to be bettered in any major, won the 36-hole final qualifying event at St Annes Old today with rounds of 70 and 67.

Booking his place: Barry Lane qualified for The Open

Booking his place: Barry Lane qualified for The Open

And with only three of the 72 players going through to Royal Lytham in a fortnight, Lane's second round 70 enabled him to finish joint second with Argentina's Rafa Echenique one behind on six under par.

Lytham will be the 682nd European Tour appearance of Lane's career, only 24 short of Sam Torrance's record.

Making his mark: Paul Broadhurst will be at The Open later this month

Making his mark: Paul Broadhurst will be at The Open later this month

His Open debut came 25 years ago and the last time he played was in 2006, while Broadhurst's debut was in 1988 – he finished as low amateur – and he last qualified three years ago.