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Stocker header boosts Basel bid

Published: Wednesday 18 August 2010, 22.45CET
FC Basel 1893 1-0 FC Sheriff
Valentin Stocker's 54th-minute header put Basel in sight of a third group-stage campaign though they had a late penalty saved.
Stocker header boosts Basel bid
Valentin Stocker is mobbed after his goal ©AFP

Match statistics

BaselSheriff

Goals scored1
 
0
Attempts on target5
 
3
Attempts off target7
 
7
Corners10
 
3
Offsides4
 
3
Fouls committed14
 
23
Yellow cards1
 
6
Red cards0
1

Standings

 
Published: Wednesday 18 August 2010, 22.45CET

Stocker header boosts Basel bid

FC Basel 1893 1-0 FC Sheriff
Valentin Stocker's 54th-minute header put Basel in sight of a third group-stage campaign though they had a late penalty saved.

FC Basel 1893's bid to reach the UEFA Champions League group stage for the third time remains on course after Valentin Stocker's 54th-minute header put them in pole position of their UEFA Champions League play-off with FC Sheriff.

The visitors, aiming to make the group stage for the first time in ten successive attempts, made life tough for the Swiss titleholders but the deadlock was broken during a strong Basel spell early in the second half. Sheriff had Aleksandr Erokhin sent off late on but goalkeeper Vladislav Stoyanov saved a last-minute Benjamin Huggel penalty to keep his side in the tie.

Alexander Frei thought he had given Basel the lead on 11 minutes when he applied a neat finish to Behrang Safari's cross but he was offside. At the other end Vladimir Volkov shot just wide but these were rare openings in rainy Basel, the Sheriff midfield holding firm despite missing Baco Nikolić and Fred through suspension. Erokhin dragged an effort past the far post after being set up by a clever Benjamin Balima ball and it was not until the stroke of half-time that Frei forced Stoyanov into his first real save with a curling free-kick.

Florent Rouamba tested home goalkeeper Franco Costanzo at the start of the second period but Basel responded with their best spell of the match. Only a timely interception denied Jacques Zoua a chance in front of goal following Xherdan Shaqiri's cross and from the resultant Frei corner, Huggel headed on to the post. The deadlock was soon broken, though, Stocker heading in unmarked from a looped Shaqiri centre.

Immediately the Moldovan champions sought to level and Costanzo had to advance to deny Balima. Substitute Marko Djurović twice headed over from close range and struck a shot against the post. That latter scare seemed to awaken Basel and Frei's effort forced a fine Stoyanov save. Erokhin came close with a near-post header following a corner but with four minutes left he received a second booking for dissent.

It looked like it would get worse for Sheriff when Stoyanov brought down substitute Federico Almerares in the box but the goalkeeper made amends by diving to stop Huggel's penalty. Perhaps just as well, since Sheriff will be missing Erokhin, Vladimir Branković and Miral Samardžić through suspension on Tuesday.

Last updated: 20/08/10 11.20CET

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Lineups

basel

Basel

sheriff

Sheriff

1
CostanzoFranco Costanzo (GK) (C)
25
StoyanovVladislav Stoyanov (GK)
4
Çağdaş AtanÇağdaş Atan
3
VolkovVladimir Volkov
Substitution90+2
8
HuggelBenjamin Huggel
Penalty90
10
ErokhinAleksandr Erokhin
Yellow Card76
Red Card86
10
YapiGilles Yapi
14
BalimaBenjamin Balima
13
A. FreiAlexander Frei
Substitution88
15
VranješOgnjen Vranješ
Yellow Card85
14
StockerValentin Stocker
Goal54
17
RouambaFlorent Rouamba
Yellow Card58
17
ShaqiriXherdan Shaqiri
Substitution71
21
DiedhiouAndré Diedhiou
Substitution57
19
AbrahamDavid Abraham
26
SamardžićMiral Samardžić
Yellow Card53
20
SafariBehrang Safari
28
NadsonNadson (C)
22
InkoomSamuel Inkoom
30
BrankovićVladimir Branković
Yellow Card17
31
ZouaJacques Zoua
Yellow Card67
Substitution80
44
AdamovićMiloš Adamović
Substitution79

Substitutes

18
SommerYann Sommer (GK)
12
StajilaDmitri Stajila (GK)
11
ChipperfieldScott Chipperfield
Substitution88
5
TarkhnishviliVazha Tarkhnishvili
15
AlmeraresFederico Almerares
Substitution80
6
ScripcencoAlexandru Scripcenco
24
CabralCabral
8
GheorghievSerghei Gheorghiev
Substitution90+2
28
FeratiBeg Ferati
9
Jymmy FrançaJymmy França
30
TemboFwayo Tembo
Substitution71
16
KhachaturovArtyom Khachaturov
Substitution79
32
ZanniReto Zanni
19
DjurovićMarko Djurović
Substitution57

Coach

Thorsten Fink (GER) Andrei Sosnitski (BLR)

Referee

Terje Hauge (NOR)

Assistant referees

Kim Thomas Haglund (NOR), Frank Andås (NOR)

Fourth official

Kjetil Saelen (NOR)

Additional assistant referees

Espen Berntsen (NOR), Ken Henry Johnsen (NOR)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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