Chelsea tol miss Hazard in Europa League final

Losing Eden Hazard because of a hamstring injury represents a huge setback to Chelsea's hopes of beating Benfica in Wednesday's Europa League final, according to former Stamford Bridge favourite Nigel Spackman. The quicksilver Belgium winger has had an outstanding season for the European champions but he will miss the Amsterdam showdown

Kuipers to referee UEFA Europa League final

Bj├Ârn Kuipers will referee Wednesday's UEFA Europa League final between SL Benfica and Chelsea FC, assisted by his fellow Dutchmen Sander van Roekel and Erwin Zeinstra. ┬áThe UEFA Referees Committee today announced the referee for the 2013 UEFA Europa League final between SL Benfica and Chelsea FC, to be played at

Benitez: Chelsea aren┬┤t Europa League favourites

Chelsea interim boss Rafael Benitez has dismissed suggestions that his side are favourites to beat Benfica in the Europa League final. The London club will meet Jorge Jesus' men at the Amsterdam Arena on Wednesday for the showpiece fixture of Europe's second-tier competition.   And despite Chelsea going into the game having won

Eagles’ daring secures Amsterdam passage

Nicol├ís Gait├ín and Enzo Per├®z said a great attitude and superb support had sealed SL Benfica's ticket to the UEFA Europa League final, the former noting: "We're going to enjoy it." On another night of high drama at the Est├ídio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica, the synergy between team and crowd

Chelsea to play Benfica in Europa finals

Chelsea got a chance to win a trophy has they qualified in the finals of the Europa Cup beating Swiss side, Basel 3-1 in the second leg clash at Stamford Bridge. Mohamed Salah had put Basel ahead on the night in first-half added time, making it 2-2 on aggregate. Chelsea


Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew has spoken to his Celtic counterpart Neil Lennon to gather information on Europa League quarter-final opponents Benfica. The Scottish Premier League leaders drew 0-0 with Benfica at Parkhead in the Champions League last September before losing 2-1 away in November. Pardew's side must overcome the Portuguese leaders over two legs if