Chelsea Champions League news: Basel hit four; Schalke in six-goal thriller

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We continue our weekly reports detailing Chelsea's Champions League opponents' latest results and form.

Every week we will take a look at how Chelsea’s Champions League opponents have fared in their domestic competitions, giving fans a hint of what to expect in the build-up to the matches that will take place in the coming months.

FC Basel:

The Swiss side went one better than next week’s opponents Chelsea by netting four goals this weekend.

The current league leaders won 4-1 at home to Thun, to go three points clear of second-placed Young Boys.

It looked like being a very different story when the visitors took the lead through Fulvio Sulmoni. But the hosts levelled midway through the first-half courtesy of Valentin Stocker.

The two sides went in level at the break, but it did not take long for Basel to take control: Kay Voser putting them ahead six minutes after the re-start.

With 15 minutes to play Marco Streller made it three, and the man who ultimately replaced him - Stephan Andrist - completed the rout in added-time.

Schalke:

Everton and Liverpool were not the only European sides to play out a 3-3 thriller this weekend.

That plaudit also goes to Frankfurt and Schalke, who shared the spoils after an exciting encounter on Saturday afternoon.

An own-goal from Johannes Flum and a header from Joel Matip gave Schalke early control of the match. But Flum scored at the right end 11 minutes after the interval, before a quick-fire brace from Joselu turned the game on its head.

With time ticking down, it looked like the hosts would hold out for all three points. But with just four minutes of normal-time to play, Benedikt Howedes found the net to ensure the match finished all square.

It was hard luck on Frankfurt, who looked like securing the additional points that would have seen them climb further away from the relegation zone. As it is, they are currently 15th in the Bundesliga, while Schalke are sixth.

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Steaua Bucharest:

The Romanian side drew 1-1 away to third-placed Pandurii Targu Jiu this weekend, ensuring they remained top of their domestic league as well as remaining undefeated.

Eric de Oliveira opened the scoring for the home side in the 27th minute. But Laurentiu Reghecampf’s half-time team-talk worked a treat, as it took only four minutes for Steaua to draw level through Lukasz Szukala.

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