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Match facts: Basel v Oţelul

Published: Sunday 11 September 2011, 21.45CET
Match facts: Basel v Oţelul
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Published: Sunday 11 September 2011, 21.45CET

Match facts: Basel v Oţelul

Basel

UEFA milestones
• Basel have conceded 49 goals in the UEFA Champions League, group stage to final, scoring 96 times in the European Cup.

UEFA Champions League statistics
• Xherdan Shaqiri begins a two-game ban on matchday one.

Latest domestic information
Saturday 10 September: Servette FC 0-4 FC Basel 1893 (F Frei 33 60, Streller 69, G Xhaka 86)
Sommer; Steinhöfer, Abraham, Dragović, Park; F Frei (G Xhaka 78), Cabral, Huggel (Kováč 87), Shaqiri (Andrist 70); A Frei, Streller

• Fabien Frei took his tally to three goals in two outings following his effort in the 2-1 win against FC Thun on 28 August.

• Granit Xhaka's goal, in only his second league appearance of the season, matches his haul from the 20 matches he played last term.

• Basel have scored in each of their opening eight league games this season but have managed just three wins.

• Thorsten Fink's side have picked up 12 points in eight league outings this term, only two shy of what they had managed at this stage last season.

• Basel have kept just two clean sheets in the league this season.

Injury news
• David Abraham (hamstring, out since 13 August) and Jacques Zoua (knee, 6 August) returned to the reckoning at Servette, Abraham playing all 90 minutes; Zoua was an unused substitute.

• Scott Chipperfield is yet to play this term because of a torn muscle.

• Basel's injury list also includes Valentin Stocker (knee ligaments, 23 April) and Gilles Yapi (knee ligaments, 24 July).

• Genséric Kusunga, who missed the first four games of the season with a hamstring problem, has been out with a knee injury since 25 August.

• Granit Xhaka sat out the first six league games with a torn knee ligament before returning against Thun.

Summer transfers
In
Kay Voser (Grasshopper-Club)
Marcel Herzog (MSV Duisburg)
Radoslav Kováč (West Ham United FC)
Park Joo-Ho (Júbilo Iwata)
Kwan-Ryong Pak (FC Wil 1900)
Stephan Andrist (FC Thun)
Fabian Frei (FC St Gallen, loan)
Pascal Schürpf (FC Lugano, loan)

Out
Beg Ferati (SC Freiburg)
Franco Costanzo (Olympiacos FC)
Behrang Safari (RSC Anderlecht)
Matthias Baron (FC Vaduz)
Dominik Ritter (FC Winterthur)
Daniel Unal (FC Locarno)
Çağdaş Atan (Mersin Idmanyurdu)
Orhan Mustafi (Grasshopper-Club)

International duty
• On 6 September Shaqiri struck his first hat-trick for club or country as Switzerland kept their UEFA EURO 2012 qualification hopes alive with a 3-1 win against Bulgaria. Granit Xhaka also started in Basel.

Oţelul

UEFA milestones
• This is Oţelul's first match in the European Cup.

UEFA Champions League statistics
• None

Latest domestic information
Friday 9 September: FC Oţelul Galaţi 0-4 CFR 1907 Cluj (Ronny 1, Bastos 56, Weldon 74, Hora 90+1)
Grahovac; Râpă, Costin, Sarghi, Ilie; Giurgiu, Filip (Pena 58); Antal, Ibeh, Buş (Frunză 67); Paraschiv (Ljubinković 36)

• Oţelul warmed up for their UEFA Champions League debut with their worst home defeat since 5 November 2006, when they went down 7-0 against FC Rapid Bucureşti. It was, said coach Dorinel Munteanu, a "black day".

• It took Ronny 50 seconds to become the first visiting player in three games this season to score at the Oţelul Stadium.

• Munteanu's side were reduced to ten men on 33 minutes when Silviu Ilie was sent off, Oţelul's third red card in six league games this season following dismissals for Liviu Antal and Bratislav Punoševac.

• The defeat was Oţelul's worst since an identical loss to FC Vaslui on 13 September 2010 and, coupled with a 2-1 reverse at FC Dinamo Bucureşti, completed their first back-to-back league defeats since August 2009.

• Oţelul have made a slow start to their First Division defence, claiming a win, a draw and a defeat in their first three outings, all against promoted sides. They beat FC Braşov next time out before those successive losses.

• Two months after wrapping up their first major trophy Oţelul secured a second on 17 July, Laurenţiu Buş scoring the only goal against Romanian Cup holders FC Steaua Bucureşti in the domestic Super Cup.

• On 3 September Oţelul claimed a 1-0 friendly win at Moldova's FC Tiraspol, Antal scoring three minutes from time.

Injury news
• None

Summer transfers
In
Miloš Buchta (CS Gaz Metan Mediaş)
Zoran Ljubinković (FC Petrolul Ploiesti)
Alexandru Benga (FC Petrolul Ploiesti)
Sorin Frunză (FC Rapid Bucureşti)
Nejc Skubič (NK Olimpija Ljubljana)

Out
Constantin Miselaricu (AFC Săgeata Năvodari)
Iulian Ochiroşii (AFC Săgeata Năvodari)
Csaba Borbely (CF Brăila)
Laurentiu Petean (FC Petrolul Ploiesti)

International duty
• Cornel Râpă was the only Oţelul player on international duty last week, captaining Romania in their 1-1 draw with Kazakhstan in UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualifying on 2 September.

Last updated: 14/09/11 11.41CET

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