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Culio the secret to CFR's success

Published: Wednesday 15 September 2010, 22.30CET
CFR 1907 Cluj 2-1 FC Basel 1893
The Swiss champions never quite recovered after Juan Culio set up goals for Ionuţ Rada and Lacina Traoré inside the opening 12 minutes.
by David Crossan
from Stadionul Dr Constantin Rădulescu

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Match statistics

CFR ClujBasel

Goals scored2
 
1
Attempts on target4
 
3
Attempts off target2
 
6
Corners5
 
13
Offsides6
 
3
Fouls committed18
 
16
Yellow cards2
 
1
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

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

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Published: Wednesday 15 September 2010, 22.30CET

Culio the secret to CFR's success

CFR 1907 Cluj 2-1 FC Basel 1893
The Swiss champions never quite recovered after Juan Culio set up goals for Ionuţ Rada and Lacina Traoré inside the opening 12 minutes.

CFR 1907 Cluj beat FC Basel 1893 2-1 to record a first UEFA Champions League home win which was reward for some accomplished football against more-fancied opponents.

Coach Sorin Cârţu only took the reins at CFR on Monday and this was the perfect start to life at the helm. The Group E victory owed everything to an electrifying opening quarter-hour from the hosts as Argentinian midfielder Juan Culio showcased his quality with two fine left-footed deliveries, the first from a corner and the second from open play. Ionuţ Rada, in the ninth minute, and Lacina Traoré, in the 12th on his UEFA Champions League debut, were the beneficiaries, powering headers past Franco Costanzo in the Basel goal.

The visitors recovered their composure as the opening period wore on in Cluj-Napoca, and Valentin Stocker's near-post header from an Alexander Frei corner on the stroke of half-time lifted Basel spirits and gave Thorsten Fink's men something to play for in the second period.

Prior to Stocker's strike, CFR had threatened to add to their lead as their players frequently found space in behind Benjamin Huggel and Gilles Yapi in the Swiss champions' central midfield, giving them a direct run at centre-halves David Abraham and Çağdaş Atan, who had trouble coping with the pace of the rangy Ivorian Traoré.

Indeed, for all the St. Jakob-Park club's dominance of possession heading towards the break, home goalkeeper Nuno Claro had enjoyed a quiet evening until Frei flicked a free-kick marginally wide and then provided the assist for Stocker's goal. On-form Frei went close himself but was denied by a brave block from Gabriel Mureşan on 57 minutes.

With Basel playing a high defensive line there was always the possibility that the Romanian titleholders would score a third on the counterattack. A saving tackle by Samuel Inkoom denied Culio the chance to cap a sparkling all-round display, while 20-year-old Traoré was a constant menace, running himself into the ground before being replaced late on.

Basel could still have salvaged a point, however, as Xherdan Shaqiri volleyed over and then, on 77 minutes, Nuno Claro tipped over a powerful header from Basel's Scott Chipperfield, who connected with a precise centre from fellow substitute Fwayo Tembo.

On Matchday 2, CFR travel to AS Roma, whom they beat 2-1 away in the group stage two campaigns ago. Basel welcome last season's beaten finalists FC Bayern München.

Last updated: 08/12/13 5.34CET

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Lineups

cfr cluj

CFR Cluj

basel

Basel

1
Nuno ClaroNuno Claro (GK)
1
CostanzoFranco Costanzo (GK) (C)
4
PaninCristian Panin
Yellow Card25
4
Çağdaş AtanÇağdaş Atan
6
MureşanGabriel Mureşan
8
HuggelBenjamin Huggel
7
DicăEmil Dică
9
StrellerMarco Streller
Yellow Card55
9
TraoréLacina Traoré
Goal12
Substitution79
10
YapiGilles Yapi
15
AlcântaraHugo Alcântara
13
A. FreiAlexander Frei
16
Rafael BastosRafael Bastos
Substitution54
14
StockerValentin Stocker
Goal45+2
Substitution73
19
CulioJuan Culio
17
ShaqiriXherdan Shaqiri
20
CadúCadú (C)
19
AbrahamDavid Abraham
22
HoraIoan Hora
Substitution54
20
SafariBehrang Safari
Substitution73
24
RadaIonuţ Rada
Goal9
Yellow Card90+2
22
InkoomSamuel Inkoom

Substitutes

44
StăncioiuEduard Stăncioiu (GK)
18
SommerYann Sommer (GK)
2
TonyTony
11
ChipperfieldScott Chipperfield
Substitution73
10
De ZerbiRoberto De Zerbi
Substitution54
15
AlmeraresFederico Almerares
11
Tomás CostaTomás Costa
24
CabralCabral
13
PiccoloFelice Piccolo
28
FeratiBeg Ferati
28
KonéEmmanuel Koné
Substitution54
30
TemboFwayo Tembo
Substitution73
99
SforziniFerdinando Sforzini
Substitution79
32
ZanniReto Zanni

Coach

Sorin Cârţu (ROU) Thorsten Fink (GER)

Referee

Alan Kelly (IRL)

Assistant referees

Damien MacGraith (IRL), Kenneth Hennessy (IRL)

Fourth official

Padraig Sutton (IRL)

Additional assistant referees

Anthony Buttimer (IRL), Neil Doyle (IRL)

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