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Freis double up as Basel beat Oţelul

Published: Wednesday 14 September 2011, 23.10CET
FC Basel 1893 2-1 FC Oţelul Galaţi
Goals from Fabian Frei and Alexander Frei, a late penalty, earned Basel three Group C points as both teams finished with ten men.
by Steven Rogers
from St. Jakob-Park

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Match statistics

BaselOţelul

Goals scored2
 
1
Attempts on target4
 
5
Attempts off target2
 
6
Corners7
 
3
Offsides3
 
0
Fouls committed15
 
19
Yellow cards3
 
3
Red cards1
 
1
Possession (%)63
 
37

Standings

Last updated: 21/05/2012 17:30 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
 
Published: Wednesday 14 September 2011, 23.10CET

Freis double up as Basel beat Oţelul

FC Basel 1893 2-1 FC Oţelul Galaţi
Goals from Fabian Frei and Alexander Frei, a late penalty, earned Basel three Group C points as both teams finished with ten men.

Alexander Frei's late penalty earned FC Basel 1893 a 2-1 Group C victory against FC Oţelul Galaţi as both teams finished with ten men at St. Jakob-Park.

Having deservedly led through Fabian Frei's powerful 39th-minute header, Basel were pegged back by Marius Pena before the real drama arrived in the closing stages. Alexander Frei converted a penalty after Adrian Sălăgeanu saw red for felling Marco Streller, and there was still time for Benjamin Huggel to be dismissed. Both will be suspended in a fortnight when the Swiss side travel to Manchester United FC and SL Benfica visit Bucharest.

While Basel saw most of the ball it was the visitors, making their debut at this level, who created the clearer chances in a confident opening spell. Yann Sommer was called into action as early as the second minute after his defence failed to clear but Gabriel Giurgiu shot weakly into the Basel goalkeeper's arms. Four minutes later the lively Liviu Antal broke with pace on the right and crossed to Giurgiu but Sommer had his volley covered.

With Oţelul relying on counterattacks, Basel patiently sought an opening. They nearly found one in the 27th minute when Milan Perendija failed to deal with Fabian Frei's long pass. The ball rolled into the path of Alexander Frei, whose thumping drive was fabulously saved by Branko Grahovac.

Basel were rewarded for their patience before half-time when Markus Steinhöfer's quick throw caught the visiting defence napping. Streller took out Sălăgeanu with a clever cut-back before sending in a perfectly-weighted cross that Fabian Frei headed in after powering into the box.

Oţelul responded impressively, and scored their first UEFA Champions League goal 58 minutes in. It was no surprise to see Antal involved, the No8 firing in a shot that Sommer spilled, leaving Pena to do the rest by chipping in cleverly.

Granit Xhaka and Alexander Frei failed to take opportunities to restore the lead, and Basel were running out of time when Sălăgeanu brought down Streller as he shaped to shoot just inside the box in the 82nd minute. Frei converted his spot kick confidently, despite Grahovac going the right way, although there was to be some disappointment for coach Thorsten Fink as Huggel's raised foot earned him a second yellow with three minutes left.

Last updated: 27/11/12 17.58CET

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Quotes

  • Thorsten Fink

    Read more"I am proud of my team, and the character we showed after they made it 1-1. A couple of weeks ago we would not have won this match"

  • Dorinel Munteanu

    Read more"The way we played, with so many good counterattacks, gives me hope for the future. I am just very upset because we let Basel back in"

Lineups

basel

Basel

oţelul

Oţelul

1
SommerYann Sommer (GK)
12
GrahovacBranko Grahovac (GK)
Yellow Card90+3
3
Park Joo HoPark Joo Ho
3
RâpăCornel Râpă
Yellow Card49
6
DragovicAleksandar Dragovic
4
FilipIoan Filip
Substitution86
8
HuggelBenjamin Huggel
Yellow Card52
Red Card87
8
AntalLiviu Antal
Yellow Card90+1
9
StrellerMarco Streller (C)
Yellow Card35
14
IlieSilviu Ilie
Substitution89
13
A. FreiAlexander Frei
Goal84
Substitution90+1
15
IbehJohn Ibeh
19
AbrahamDavid Abraham
18
CostinSergiu Costin (C)
20
F. FreiFabian Frei
Goal39
Substitution90+4
23
SălăgeanuAdrian Sălăgeanu
Red Card82
24
CabralCabral
27
PenaMarius Pena
Goal58
Substitution71
27
SteinhöferMarkus Steinhöfer
29
GiurgiuGabriel Giurgiu
34
XhakaGranit Xhaka
Substitution78
55
PerendijaMilan Perendija

Substitutes

23
ColombaMassimo Colomba (GK)
1
BrăneţCristian Brăneţ (GK)
5
Ar. AjetiArlind Ajeti
5
LjubinkovićZoran Ljubinković
16
XhakaTaulant Xhaka
10
ParaschivGabriel Paraschiv
Substitution71
26
BuessRoman Buess
11
FrunzăSorin Frunză
Substitution89
29
KováčRadoslav Kováč
Substitution90+1
16
SârghiCristian Sârghi
31
ZouaJacques Zoua
Substitution78
26
NeaguIonuţ Neagu
35
Kwan-Ryong PakKwan-Ryong Pak
Substitution90+4
37
VigliantiGabriel Viglianti
Substitution86

Coach

Thorsten Fink (GER) Dorinel Munteanu (ROU)

Referee

William Collum (SCO)

Assistant referees

Graham Chambers (SCO), Martin Cryans (SCO)

Fourth official

Iain Robertson Brines (SCO)

Additional assistant referees

Alan Muir (SCO), Stephen O'Reilly (SCO)

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  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed Cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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