Nigeria forward Victor Moses scored the opening goal of the game for Chelsea as they beat hosts FC Basel 2:1 in the first leg of their UEFA Europa League semi-final tie on Thursday.
The Super Eagles star headed the Blues ahead in the 12th minute and they held the advantage until the 87th minute, when Fabian Schar equalised for the Swiss side from a controversial penalty.
Brazilian star David Luiz however snatched a last-gasp win for Chelsea from a free kick.
Egypt winger Mohamed Salah had a subdued performance for FC Basel and unable to impose himself as he did in the previous round against Tottenham Hotspur.
Rising Egypt winger Mohamed Salah was FC Basel's most dangerous player until his extra-time exit as they beat Tottenham 4:1 on penalties in the Europa League to reach their first European semi-finals.
The match had ended 2:2 at Sankt Jakob-Park to ensure a 4:4 aggregate score, with extra-time failing to produce any winners, albeit Salah's international team-mate Mohamed El-Nenni hit the woodwork.
Togo star Emmanuel Adebayor was among the Spurs players to miss from the spot when he skied his effort.
Salah and El-Nenni, both just 20 years old, put in monumental shifts for the Swiss champions, but it was the silky skills of Salah that had Tottenham wishing he was on their side.
Four Africans stars were on target for their clubs in Thursday night's Europa Cup quarter-finals first leg games.
Nigeria's Victor Moses, Senegal's Papiss Cisse, Togo's Emmanuel Adebayor and Pierre Webo of Cameroon all hit the back of the net.
Moses played 65 minutes of the game and blasted Chelsea's second goal into the top left in the 32nd minute as they beat Russian side Rubin Kazan 3:1.
Adebayor's effort into the roof of the net helped English side Tottenham fight back from 2:0 down to draw 2:2 with Swiss visitors FC Basel. Inspired in part by Egypt wing wizard Mohamed Salah, Basel raced to a 2:0 lead after just 34 minutes before Adebayor struck five minutes to the break.
Chelsea striker Demba Ba says he wants the club to focus on winning trophies rather than achieving a top-four finish which would secure Champions League qualification.
The Blues face Rubin Kazan in the last eight of the Europa League and have an FA Cup semi-final against Manchester City following their 1-0 victory over Manchester United on Monday.
And Ba says that, having never won a trophy in his career, he would rather pick up silverware than achieve a top-four finish because it is what players are remembered for.
"The top four is very important - but we want a trophy," Ba told reporters. "We are looking very good in two competitions, the Europa League and the FA Cup.
Papiss Demba Cissé
Senegal striker Papiss Demba Cisse headed home a last-gasp winner to give his side Newcastle United a 1:0 win over 10-man Anzhi Makhachkala in their Europa League last 16 tie on Thursday.
The win sent the Magpies through to the quarter-finals of the competition by the same aggregate scoreline after the first leg ended goalless.
The Russians, who lost Morocco midfielder Mehdi Carcela-Gonzalez to a second booking in the 55th minute, were led by legendary Cameroonian striker Samuel Eto'o who failed to work his usual magic when the occasion demanded.
In other games, Togo star Emmanuel Adebayor hustled home a vital extra time goal that sent his English club Tottenham to the last eight at the expense of Italian giants Inter Milan.