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Sporting see off determined Basel

Published: Thursday 2 October 2008, 0.40CET
Sporting Clube de Portugal 2-0 FC Basel 1893
The Portuguese team got their Group C campaign off the ground although it took a bizarre goal to break the Swiss side's resistance.
by Andy Brassell
from Estádio José Alvalade
Sporting see off determined Basel
Leandro Romagnoli (right) leads the celebrations after the opening goal ©Getty Images

Match statistics

SportingBasel

Goals scored2
 
0
Attempts on target7
 
2
Attempts off target11
 
4
Corners10
 
7
Offsides4
 
3
Fouls committed12
 
14
Yellow cards3
 
1
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

Last updated: 03/10/2013 16:22 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
 
Published: Thursday 2 October 2008, 0.40CET

Sporting see off determined Basel

Sporting Clube de Portugal 2-0 FC Basel 1893
The Portuguese team got their Group C campaign off the ground although it took a bizarre goal to break the Swiss side's resistance.

Sporting Clube de Portugal got their UEFA Champions League campaign off the ground against FC Basel 1893, although it took a bizarre own goal to break the Swiss side's staunch resistance.

Second-half strikes
Basel had conceded five times against these opponents last season in the UEFA Cup Round of 32, but proved more obdurate in this Group C game until David Abraham's attempted clearance struck Reto Zanni and rebounded into his own goal ten minutes into the second period. With Basel forced to commit more men forward, Sporting looked increasingly likely to double their advantage and four minutes from time the impressive Derlei duly sealed victory – and condemned Basel to a second successive defeat.

Rapid start
Any thoughts the home side had of an easy ride against opponents they beat convincingly in February were quickly dispelled, the Swiss champions making good on coach Christian Gross' pledge that they would come to attack. Jürgen Gjasula, replacing the injured Valentin Stocker, made space for an early shot but failed to seriously trouble Rui Patrício, before Tonel had to make an acrobatic clearance to deny the returning Marco Streller a clear run on goal.

Abraham opening
The home side did threaten through Derlei, although it was unfortunate for Basel that the first clear-cut chance of the night fell to defender Abraham. The Argentinian centre-back was afforded plenty of time and space to meet Streller's intelligent lay-off only to slice his shot wide. The lively Derlei was then almost presented with a chance to score a first UEFA Champions League goal since his semi-final winner against RC Deportivo La Coruña in 2003/04, but failed to control. At the other end Streller's touch also let him down, although it was the home team who went closest before half-time with Romagnoli and Rochemback both getting shots in.

Bizarre goal
Home coach Paulo Bento clearly felt there was room for improvement and introduced Simon Vukčević, scorer of two goals against Basel last season, but it was Derlei who almost broke the deadlock, heading João Moutinho's acrobatic overhead cross against the post. Instead, Basel were undone by one of their own ten minutes into the second period, Abraham attempting to clear under pressure from Romagnoli and the ball striking Zanni and looping beyond Franco Costanzo. Romagnoli almost quickly increased the lead, the goalkeeper turning his powerful strike around the post.

Important saves
Still the visitors refused to lie down and Benjamin Huggel was only denied an equaliser by a sprawling save from Rui Patrício, who then touched over a Gjasula free-kick. That was as good as it got for the visitors as Sporting exploited the extra space, the unlucky Derlei again denied by the woodwork with a header. Having had an effort ruled out for offside, Derlei got the goal his efforts had warranted in the 86th minute, slotting in Romagnoli's pass to ensure Sporting go into a tricky and potentially decisive trip to FC Shakhtar Donetsk in good heart, while Basel must regroup swiftly for a daunting double-header against 2006 winners FC Barcelona.

Last updated: 02/10/08 1.05CET

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Lineups

sporting

Sporting

basel

Basel

1
Rui PatrícioRui Patrício (GK)
1
CostanzoFranco Costanzo (GK) (C)
4
PolgaAnderson Polga
6
GelabertMarcos Gelabert
Substitution60
11
DerleiDerlei
Goal86
7
GjasulaJürgen Gjasula
13
TonelTonel
Yellow Card85
8
HuggelBenjamin Huggel
18
GrimiLeandro Grimi
Yellow Card17
10
StrellerMarco Streller
Yellow Card75
Substitution79
23
Hélder PostigaHélder Postiga
Substitution73
11
ChipperfieldScott Chipperfield
Substitution82
24
Miguel VelosoMiguel Veloso
Yellow Card45
19
AbrahamDavid Abraham
26
RochembackFábio Rochemback
Substitution46
20
SafariBehrang Safari
28
João MoutinhoJoão Moutinho (C)
28
FeratiBeg Ferati
30
RomagnoliLeandro Romagnoli
Substitution87
30
CarlitosCarlitos
78
AbelAbel
32
ZanniReto Zanni
Goal55

Substitutes

16
TiagoTiago (GK)
35
StöckliOlivier Stöckli (GK)
3
Daniel CarriçoDaniel Carriço
4
MorganellaMichel Morganella
5
Pedro SilvaPedro Silva
9
PerovićMarko Perović
Substitution82
10
VukčevićSimon Vukčević
Substitution46
17
Eduardo RubioEduardo Rubio
20
Yannick DjalóYannick Djaló
Substitution73
22
ErgićIvan Ergić
Substitution60
25
PereirinhaBruno Pereirinha
Substitution87
23
EduardoEduardo
31
LiedsonLiedson
29
MustafiOrhan Mustafi
Substitution79

Coach

Paulo Bento (POR) Christian Gross (SUI)

Referee

Nicola Rizzoli (ITA)

Assistant referees

Alessandro Griselli (ITA), Flaviano Lanciano (ITA)

Fourth official

Gabriele Gava (ITA)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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