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Basel close the door on CFR

Published: Tuesday 23 November 2010, 22.35CET
FC Basel 1893 1-0 CFR 1907 Cluj
Federico Almerares' first-half strike kept Thorsten Fink's side in the hunt but spelled the end of the road for ten-man CFR.
by Andy James
from St. Jakob-Park

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Match statistics

BaselCFR Cluj

Goals scored1
 
0
Attempts on target2
 
0
Attempts off target13
 
3
Corners6
 
0
Offsides4
 
1
Fouls committed17
 
19
Yellow cards1
 
3
Red cards0
1

Standings

Group E

PPts
FC Bayern München Bayern512
AS Roma Roma59
FC Basel 1893 Basel56
CFR 1907 Cluj CFR Cluj53
Last updated: 03/10/2013 16:21 CET

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Pts: Points   
 
Published: Tuesday 23 November 2010, 22.35CET

Basel close the door on CFR

FC Basel 1893 1-0 CFR 1907 Cluj
Federico Almerares' first-half strike kept Thorsten Fink's side in the hunt but spelled the end of the road for ten-man CFR.

FC Basel 1893 were left with faint hopes of qualification from UEFA Champions League Group E after a narrow but deserved 1-0 victory against CFR 1907 Cluj, who will now finish bottom of the section.

Federico Almerares' 15th-minute strike proved decisive for the Swiss side, who in spite of a tense opening managed to keep their composure. Still, the three points are unlikely to be enough for Basel to reach the round of 16 after AS Roma's 3-2 victory against FC Bayern München left them needing victory in Germany, and a Roma defeat in Cluj-Napoca in a fortnight's time.

With both sides aware that only a win would guarantee their survival in the competition, the nervousness was evident early on as a focus on avoiding errors held sway. Xherdan Shaqiri attempted to alleviate the tension with a couple of long-range shots, while at the other end Juan Culio was let down by his chest control after being picked out in the box by Leo Veloso.

The Basel fans were able to breathe a sigh of relief with a quarter of an hour gone, however, as Samuel Inkoom picked out Almerares with a fizzing low ball into the area to which the Argentinian frontman applied a sliding finish. Buoyed by the opener, the Swiss titleholders almost struck a second minutes later, but Alexander Frei's deflected shot was cleared off the line by Felice Piccolo.

The hosts threatened again when Behrang Safari's double effort was blocked first by Tony and then Cadú on the line, though gilt-edged opportunities were few and far between. CFR's struggles in the final third continued into the second half, and it took until the hour mark for the next decent chance to materialise. Again, it went the way of the hosts, but Fwayo Tembo's deflected strike was flicked onto the bar by the outstretched leg of Nuno Claro.

Frei thought he had put the game beyond doubt on 73 minutes only to see his close-range finish ruled out for offside, but in truth Basel had little to worry about in the latter stages, particularly after Piccolo was given a straight red two minutes from time. Thorsten Fink's side are now guaranteed at least third spot, which would yield a UEFA Europa League berth. CFR, meanwhile, are left to concentrate on their domestic title push.

Last updated: 08/12/13 4.20CET

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Lineups

basel

Basel

cfr cluj

CFR Cluj

1
CostanzoFranco Costanzo (GK) (C)
1
Nuno ClaroNuno Claro (GK)
10
YapiGilles Yapi
2
TonyTony
13
A. FreiAlexander Frei
Substitution90+2
8
KivuvuDominique Kivuvu
15
AlmeraresFederico Almerares
Yellow Card14
Goal15
9
TraoréLacina Traoré
Substitution46
17
ShaqiriXherdan Shaqiri
Substitution87
11
Tomás CostaTomás Costa
Yellow Card80
19
AbrahamDavid Abraham
13
PiccoloFelice Piccolo
Red Card88
20
SafariBehrang Safari
16
Rafael BastosRafael Bastos
22
InkoomSamuel Inkoom
19
CulioJuan Culio
Substitution74
24
CabralCabral
20
CadúCadú (C)
Yellow Card62
28
FeratiBeg Ferati
23
Leo VelosoLeo Veloso
Yellow Card30
Substitution58
30
TemboFwayo Tembo
Substitution90
24
RadaIonuţ Rada

Substitutes

18
SommerYann Sommer (GK)
44
StăncioiuEduard Stăncioiu (GK)
4
Çağdaş AtanÇağdaş Atan
Substitution90+2
4
PaninCristian Panin
7
SchürpfPascal Schürpf
15
AlcântaraHugo Alcântara
16
XhakaTaulant Xhaka
28
KonéEmmanuel Koné
Substitution58
26
UnalDaniel Unal
32
BjelanovićSaša Bjelanović
Substitution46
32
ZanniReto Zanni
Substitution90
66
EdimarEdimar
34
XhakaGranit Xhaka
Substitution87
99
SforziniFerdinando Sforzini
Substitution74

Coach

Thorsten Fink (GER) Sorin Cârţu (ROU)

Referee

Laurent Duhamel (FRA)

Assistant referees

Stéphane Duhamel (FRA), Christophe Capelli (FRA)

Fourth official

Fredy Fautrel (FRA)

Additional assistant referees

Olivier Thual (FRA), Clément Turpin (FRA)

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