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Ergic bursts Valencia's bubble

Published: Tuesday 22 October 2002, 22.30CET
FC Basel 2-2 Valencia CF Ivan Ergic's last-minute equaliser gives Basel a deserved point.

Match statistics

BaselValencia

Goals scored2
 
2
Attempts on target4
 
4
Attempts off target5
 
4
Corners7
 
6
Offsides8
 
5
Fouls committed22
 
28
Yellow cards2
 
3
Red cards0
1

Standings

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

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Published: Tuesday 22 October 2002, 22.30CET

Ergic bursts Valencia's bubble

FC Basel 2-2 Valencia CF Ivan Ergic's last-minute equaliser gives Basel a deserved point.

Yugoslavian midfield player Ivan Ergic was the hero for FC Basel after his last-minute equaliser gave the Swiss champions an unlikely point in a 2-2 draw with Valencia CF on Matchday Four of the UEFA Champions League.

Yugoslavian scores twice
Valencia led after Rubén Baraja had cancelled out Ergic's first-half opener and defender Curro Torres turned striker to score with 18 minutes remaining. However, Ergic had other ideas, scoring again with the visitors down to ten men after Roberto Ayala's late dismissal.

Changes for Basel
Both sides rang the changes from Valencia's 6-2 win in the reverse fixture on Matchday Three. Basel coach Christian Gross brought in Marco Zwyssig and Grégory Duruz in defence and deployed Ergic, who is part-owned by Juventus FC, in midfield.

New-look Valencia attack
Meanwhile, with Pablo Aimar injured, Valencia coach Rafael Benítez left out John Carew and combined Mista and Juan Sánchez up front, with Kily González and Gonzalo de los Santos returning in midfield.

Positive play
Although Valencia began the game dominating possession - as they had in their three competition wins so far - Basel's positive play gave the home side hope and on 32 minutes, Egric put them ahead after a great move. The ball was squared to him by Hakan Yakin, and the midfield player shot in from the edge of the area for the 2,500th goal in Champions League football.

Mista denied
Valencia were nearly level immediately when the ball fell to Mista just a few metres from the Basel goal, but home captain Murat Yakin was able to head the cross over the crossbar. However, the lead did indeed prove short-lived as Rubén Baraja equalised with a shot from more than 30 metres that Pascal Zuberbühler was unable to direct over the bar.

End-to-end football
The rest of the half flowed from end to end, and Antonio Esposito went closest two minutes from the break when his first-time shot flew just wide with the diving Santiago Cañizares beaten.

Pattern continued
There was little change in the second half, and Valencia had the first chance of the period when Baraja's well-hit shot was saved at full-stretch by Zuberbühler. Christian Giménez shot wide soon after for Basel, but it was the visitors who were on the scoresheet next.

Defender on target
Curro Torres was the man on target, poking past Zuberbühler after beating the Basel offside trap and chesting the ball down sweetly following De los Santos's perfect chip into the box.

Ayala dismissed
It seemed Valencia were heading for victory and a second group stage slot, but they lost Ayala when he received a second yellow card two minutes from the end for impeding the lively Hakan Yakin.

Dramatic end
It was the same player's free-kick that Egric was first to with seconds left of regulation time to sweep into the net and end Valencia's winning run in the competition. The Spaniards remain three points clear of second-placed Liverpool FC in Group B but Basel, just two points behind Liverpool, can also still dream of an extended Champions League run.

Last updated: 23/10/02 2.02CET

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Lineups

basel

Basel

valencia

Valencia

1
ZuberbühlerPascal Zuberbühler (GK)
1
CañizaresSantiago Cañizares (GK) (C)
5
ZwyssigMarco Zwyssig
2
PellegrinoMauricio Pellegrino
7
EspositoAntonio Esposito
Substitution85
3
Fábio AurélioFábio Aurélio
8
VarelaCarlos Varela
Substitution65
4
AyalaRoberto Ayala
Yellow Card66
Red Card88
10
Hakan YakinHakan Yakin
Yellow Card87
8
BarajaRubén Baraja
Goal36
Yellow Card63
Substitution76
13
GiménezChristian Giménez
Substitution60
11
SánchezJuan Sánchez
Substitution80
15
YakinMurat Yakin (C)
18
Kily GonzálezKily González
16
DuruzGrégory Duruz
19
RufeteFrancisco Rufete
Substitution71
17
CantaluppiMario Cantaluppi
20
MistaMista
20
HaasBernt Haas
Yellow Card64
22
De los SantosGonzalo De los Santos
22
ErgićIvan Ergić
Goal32
Goal90
23
Curro TorresCurro Torres
Goal72

Substitutes

18
RapoEric Rapo (GK)
13
PalopAndrés Palop (GK)
4
QuennozAlexandre Quennoz
5
DjukićMiroslav Djukić
9
KoumantarakisGeorge Koumantarakis
Substitution85
7
CarewJohn Carew
Substitution80
11
TumHervé Tum
Substitution60
10
AnguloMiguel Ángel Angulo
Substitution71
12
BarberisSébastien Barberis
12
MarchenaCarlos Marchena
Substitution76
24
AtoubaThimothée Atouba
14
VicenteVicente
33
RossiJulio Rossi
Substitution65
15
CarboniAmedeo Carboni

Coach

Christian Gross (SUI) Rafael Benítez (ESP)

Referee

Helmut Fleischer (GER)

Assistant referees

Markus Scheibel (GER), Harald Sather (GER)

Fourth official

Torsten Koop (GER)

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