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Basel make impressive bow

Published: Tuesday 17 September 2002, 23.13CET
FC Basel 2-0 FC Spartak Moskva Basel crown UEFA Champions League debut with win.

Match statistics

BaselSpartak Moskva

Goals scored2
 
0
Attempts on target9
 
2
Attempts off target7
 
7
Corners9
 
3
Offsides9
 
0
Fouls committed7
 
22
Yellow cards0
1
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

Last updated: 03/10/2013 16:21 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
 
Published: Tuesday 17 September 2002, 23.13CET

Basel make impressive bow

FC Basel 2-0 FC Spartak Moskva Basel crown UEFA Champions League debut with win.

FC Basel 2-0 FC Spartak Moskva
Goals from Swiss forward Hakan Yakin and Argentinian Julio Hernán Rossi ensured FC Basel marked their maiden appearance in the group stages of the UEFA Champions League with a historic 2-0 defeat of FC Spartak Moskva.

In-form Basel
Basel went into the match in a rich vein of form, having demolished FC Wil 7-1 last week and eased past FC Aarau 4-0 at the weekend. They were full of confidence from the first whistle, wasting no time in putting Spartak under pressure.

Yakin opener
The Swiss champions dominated the first half but their constant probing, command of the midfield and intelligent wide play only paid off after the break when Hakan Yakin, who was a menace to the Spartak throughout, opened the scoring on 50 minutes. The striker drove into the corner after Christian Giménez took advantage of a scrappy clearance to play him in with a header.

Rossi clincher
The match was finished as a contest five minutes later when Rossi, undoubtedly the man of the match, made it 2-0 after he capped a magnificent dribble with a raking strike past the helpless Stanislav Cherchessov. Spartak, who are taking part in the first group stage for the sixth consecutive season, finished at the bottom of Group H last term with only two draws from six matches and will need to sharpen their attack if they are to improve this time.

Goal disallowed
Basel threatened from the outset with Antonio Esposito carving out the first opportunity early on. Rossi then had the ball in the back of the net on 15 minutes, only to see his header ruled offside.

Spartak wasteful
Spartak did have chances but could not profit, Vladimir Beschastnykh blasting over from the edge of the area and Baye Kebe charging on to a through-ball only to see the shot comfortably gathered by Pascal Zuberbühler, alert throughout. Dmitri Koudriashovalso broke free and divided the Basel defence with an accurate pass, but Aleksandr Danishevski was beaten to the ball.

Trio go close
At the end of the half, Rossi, Hakan Yakin and Giménez were all close to breaking the deadlock, with the latter almost making Spartak pay for the sloppy defending which subsequently cost them dear when he rushed on to a ball in the box.

No answer
Spartak showed glimpses of promise before the interval but were consistently outplayed in the second half and had no answer to the goals from Yakin and Rossi. In fact, the Swiss side could have won by a greater margin. Rossi came close to his second goal after a cross from Sébastien Barberis, his header rebounding off the bar and Haas powered a header centimetres wide after a corner. This was only Spartak's second defeat in seven games against Swiss opposition, the last also against Basel in the 1970/71 season.

Last updated: 18/09/02 5.02CET

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Lineups

basel

Basel

spartak moskva

Spartak Moskva

1
ZuberbühlerPascal Zuberbühler (GK)
45
CherchesovStanislav Cherchesov (GK)
4
QuennozAlexandre Quennoz
2
KovtunYuri Kovtun
7
EspositoAntonio Esposito
3
KebeBaye Kebe
10
Hakan YakinHakan Yakin
Goal50
Substitution87
4
TchuisseJerry Tchuisse
12
BarberisSébastien Barberis
7
BaranovVasili Baranov
Substitution56
13
GiménezChristian Giménez
11
BeschastnykhVladimir Beschastnykh (C)
15
YakinMurat Yakin (C)
13
KoudriashovDmitri Koudriashov
17
CantaluppiMario Cantaluppi
14
KalynychenkoMaxym Kalynychenko
Substitution72
20
HaasBernt Haas
20
DanishevskiAleksandr Danishevski
Substitution46
24
AtoubaThimothée Atouba
34
MoisésMoisés
Yellow Card71
33
RossiJulio Rossi
Goal55
Substitution75
55
KhlestovDmitri Khlestov

Substitutes

18
RapoEric Rapo (GK)
1
LevitskyMaxym Levitsky (GK)
9
KoumantarakisGeorge Koumantarakis
8
Marcelo SilvaMarcelo Silva
Substitution56
11
TumHervé Tum
Substitution75
21
BezrodnyArtem Bezrodny
14
SavicNenad Savic
Substitution87
25
PavlenkoAleksandr Pavlenko
16
DuruzGrégory Duruz
29
MitreskiIgor Mitreski
Substitution72
23
P. DegenPhilipp Degen
42
EssienOkon Essien
Substitution46
28
MiličevićLjubo Miličević
51
ScarlettRobert Scarlett

Coach

Christian Gross (SUI) Oleg Romantsev (RUS)

Referee

Claus Bo Larsen (DEN)

Assistant referees

Jens Larsen (DEN), Markku Tiensuu (FIN)

Fourth official

Michael Svendsen (DEN)

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