Though it proved unnecessary as Chelsea beat Basel 3-1 in the second leg of their Europa League semifinal to advance with a 5-2 aggregate score, David Luiz scored yet another brilliant goal with enviable ease. In the 59th minute at Stamford Bridge, Frank Lampard laid the ball off for Luiz well outside the box and the Brazilian curled a shot that dipped down from the top corner in a way that probably made David Beckham jealous.
All three of Chelsea's goals came within nine minutes of each other after Basel took a 1-0 lead in the first half. Fernando Torres scored Chelsea's first goal in the 50th minute, giving him five in eight Europa League appearances this season (compared to seven goals in 32 Premier League appearances, including none in his last nine).
Chelsea will now play Benfica in the final and until then, the masked man who has replaced Torres has flown off to his native planet...
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