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Basel claim narrow margin

Published: Thursday 11 August 2005, 0.40CET
FC Basel 1893 2-1 Werder Bremen Miroslav Klose scores the third goal of the night to keep Bremen in contention.

Match statistics

BaselBremen

Goals scored2
 
1
Attempts on target2
 
1
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners0
 
0
Offsides0
 
0
Fouls committed0
 
0
Yellow cards1
 
2
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

 
Published: Thursday 11 August 2005, 0.40CET

Basel claim narrow margin

FC Basel 1893 2-1 Werder Bremen Miroslav Klose scores the third goal of the night to keep Bremen in contention.

FC Basel 1893 confirmed their UEFA Champions League pedigree with a 2-1 home victory against Werder Bremen in the first leg of their third qualifying round tie.

Gross confidence
Goals in either half from David Degen and substitute Julio Rossi ensured Christian Gross's side the advantage before the return leg at the Weserstadion on 24 August. However, the German team will still have every confidence of overturning the deficit thanks to Miroslav Klose's strike on 72 minutes.

Defiant mood
Bremen had entered this encounter full of optimism with general manager Klaus Allofs claiming "we have to win the match to live up to our own expectations". Nevertheless, Basel, who reached the second group stage of this competition in 2002/03, were in defiant mood and proved largely able to contain a Bremen side that had beaten DSC Arminia Bielefeld 5-2 in their opening Bundesliga fixture last Saturday.

Reinke stranded
Thomas Schaaf's men, who made the Champions League's last 16 in the 2004/05 campaign, were behind on 27 minutes after some lax defending. Goalkeeper Andreas Reinke was stranded after Scott Chipperfield's shot had been blocked and Degen made no mistake when well placed.

Crowd ecstatic
The wayward defending continued into the second half, allowing Argentinian striker Rossi to double the home team's advantage on 52 minutes by drilling through Reinke's legs to the obvious delight of a sell-out 29,000 crowd at St. Jakob Park. Yet the home fans were given pause for thought when Germany forward Klose pulled one back in the closing stages.

Swiss pride Despite that setback, Basel will feel they have the upper hand regarding progress to the competition proper. And with FC Thun also on top in their tie against Malmö FF, Switzerland is contemplating the unusual prospect of two group stage entrants. Klose and strike partner Ivan Klasnic, frustrated tonight, will have other ideas, though.

Last updated: 11/08/05 0.04CET

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Lineups

basel

Basel

bremen

Bremen

1
ZuberbühlerPascal Zuberbühler (GK) (C)
1
ReinkeAndreas Reinke (GK)
4
QuennozAlexandre Quennoz
Yellow Card83
3
PasanenPetri Pasanen
8
SterjovskiMile Sterjovski
Substitution71
4
NaldoNaldo
10
PetrićMladen Petrić
5
Ümit DavalaÜmit Davala
Yellow Card62
Substitution65
11
ChipperfieldScott Chipperfield
Substitution46
7
VranješJurica Vranješ
12
BaPapa Malick Ba
10
MicoudJohan Micoud
19
KléberKléber
11
KloseMiroslav Klose
Goal73
20
DelgadoMatías Delgado
Substitution65
17
KlasnićIvan Klasnić
21
D. DegenDavid Degen
Goal28
22
FringsTorsten Frings (C)
30
SmiljanicBoris Smiljanic
23
Van DammeJelle Van Damme
Yellow Card21
Substitution46
32
ZanniReto Zanni
24
BorowskiTim Borowski

Substitutes

18
CraytonLouis Crayton (GK)
30
Kasper JensenKasper Jensen (GK)
3
DžombićDamir Džombić
9
ValdezNelson Valdez
13
GiménezChristian Giménez
14
HuntAaron Hunt
16
MüllerPatrick Müller
15
OwomoyelaPatrick Owomoyela
Substitution65
22
ErgićIvan Ergić
Substitution65
16
AndreasenLeon Andreasen
29
BaykalKulaksizoglu Baykal
Substitution71
19
LagerblomPekka Lagerblom
33
RossiJulio Rossi
Substitution46
Goal52
27
SchulzChristian Schulz
Substitution46

Coach

Christian Gross (SUI) Thomas Schaaf (GER)

Referee

Paul Allaerts (BEL)

Assistant referees

Claude Gregoire (BEL), Danny Huens (BEL)

Fourth official

Eddie Vermeirsch (BEL)

Legend:

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  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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