LONDON (AP) — Chelsea advanced to the final of the Europa League, beating Basel 3-1 Thursday night for a 5-2 aggregate win as Fernando Torres scored one goal and set up another.
A year after winning the Champions League, Chelsea will play Benfica at Amsterdam on May 15 in the final of Europe's second-tier club tournament, Benfica won 3-1 at home against Turkey's Fenerbahce to advance on 3-2 aggregate in the home-and-home, total-goals series.
The Europa League will be Rafa Benitez's only chance to finish his tenure as Chelsea interim manager with a trophy. Benitez has said he intends to leave after the season, and the crowd at Stamford Bridge repeatedly chanted "Jose Mourinho," who was Chelsea's manager from 2004-07 and is expected to leave Real Madrid and return to the Blues.
Basel threatened a comeback when Mohamed Salah put the Swiss team ahead in first-half injury time. Torres scored in the 50th minute and helped set up Victor Moses' goal in the 52nd. David Luiz curled in a shot from outside the penalty area in the 59th.
The Europa League, known as the UEFA Cup before 2010, is the only major title Chelsea has not won.
Frank Lampard, one shy of Bobby Tambling's record of 202 goals for Chelsea, hit a post with a shot in the eighth minute.
With the game out of reach in the closing minutes, Basel fans saluted their team's run to the semifinals by lighting flares and unfurling flags in the away section, jumping up and down and applauding.
In Libson, Benfica rallied from a 1-0 loss at Istanbul in the first leg last week and will play its first European final in 23 years.
Nicolas Gaitan scored in the ninth minute, but Dirk Kuyt tied the score in the 23rd with a penalty kick after a hand ball call on Ezequiel Garay. Oscar scored in the 35th and 66th minutes.
"We knew after Istanbul that we were a better team than them overall," Benfica coach Jorge Jesus said. "They didn't create many problems for us."