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Paulo Sousa fielded an experimental side as Basel beat Swiss second tier side FC Schaffhausen 2-1 in a friendly game today. Basel went behind after just six minutes, but quickly struck back twice, Matías Delgado (penalty) and Yoichiro Kakitani on target.
"Some of the players were struggling to find their rhythm, others weren't," Sousa said of the Schaffhausen game. "The pitch didn't allow us to play our normal game, and we needed more touches than usual to get the ball forward, but for now it's only important that we get as much as practice as possible before we start the second half of the season."
Basel do not return to domestic duties until 8 February, and take on Porto in their round of 16 opener on 18 February.
Dortmund have handed Jeremy Dudziak a first-team contract until summer 2018. The 19-year-old, who can play in midfield or at left-back, was in the Germany team that won the UEFA European Under-19s Championship last summer.
"I have been playing for BVB since I was 14," he said. "It was always my dream to become a professional here. Now the dream comes true. I promise to continue to work hard in the future."
Sporting director Michael Zorc added: "Jeremy's development in recent months has been very positive. He deserves to join the first-team squad. It is nice to see someone from the BVB academy make that step up once more."
Former England striker Gary Lineker has just assisted a fairly calamitous draw for the FA Cup fifth round (the last 16) but we got there in the end, with holders Arsenal drawn at home to Middlesbrough. The second-tier side, managed by ex-Real Madrid man Aitor Karanka, did not do too badly the last time they were drawn away to UEFA Champions League opposition …