Chelsea draw Basel in Europa League semi-final

Ramires is congratulated by team mates Oscar and Juan Mata after scoring the equaliser against Manchester United in the FA Cup quarter final on March 10, 2013
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Chelsea draw Basel in the semi-finals of the Europa League, with the second and deciding leg to be played at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea will have to defeat Basel over two legs in order to reach the final of the Europa League.

The West London outfit, who have never faced the Swiss opponents before, will play the first semi-final leg away from home on April 25, with the return fixture at Stamford Bridge the following week.

Chelsea could have faced a semi-final tie closer to home due to Tottenham Hotspur and Newcastle United both competing at the final-eight stage, but neither side could progress into the next phase.

The Blues reached the final four by securing a 5-4 aggregate win over Rubin Kazan, while Basel knocked out Spurs on penalties.

If Chelsea progress, they will face the winner of the second semi-final between Fenerbahce and Benfica.

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