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Basel hang on to set up United showdown

Published: Tuesday 22 November 2011, 22.50CET
FC Oţelul Galaţi 2-3 FC Basel 1893
Three goals up at half-time, Basel survived a fightback to ensure they will tackle Manchester United FC for a qualifying berth.
by Trevor Haylett
from National Arena

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Match statistics

OţelulBasel

Goals scored2
 
3
Attempts on target5
 
3
Attempts off target5
 
5
Corners5
 
1
Offsides5
 
1
Fouls committed20
 
17
Yellow cards1
 
2
Red cards0
 
0
Possession (%)53
 
47

Standings

Last updated: 21/05/2012 17:36 CET

Legend:

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Published: Tuesday 22 November 2011, 22.50CET

Basel hang on to set up United showdown

FC Oţelul Galaţi 2-3 FC Basel 1893
Three goals up at half-time, Basel survived a fightback to ensure they will tackle Manchester United FC for a qualifying berth.

FC Basel 1893 will take on Manchester United FC for a place in the UEFA Champions League round of 16 in two weeks' time after hanging on for a 3-2 victory against FC Oţelul Galaţi.

The Freis, first Fabian and then Alexander, both struck inside 15 minutes and when Basel captain Marco Streller added a third eight minutes before the break it seemed to have drawn a line under this as a contest. But his opposite number Gabriel Giurgiu gave the home supporters something to cheer and they really began to believe when Liviu Antal reduced the deficit still further with nine minutes left, only for Basel to hold on for three vital Group C points.

It was Giurgiu's team who had taken an immediate grip on the contest. How different a story it might have been had Cristian Sârghi converted the chance that Laurenţiu Iorga's free-kick laid on for him at the far post. The ball came quickly to the defender and he could only steer his header over the bar.

Oţelul's pressing game looked to be working well but the illusion could not be sustained and Basel's stealth on the counterattack was soon to pay dividends. It was a neat move that provided the opening goal, Alexander Frei knocking the ball forward for Streller to tee up Fabian Frei and while the shot was hard and true, Branko Grahovac looked disappointed not to keep it out.

The Swiss league leaders now played with the attitude of a team who knew this bitterly cold night held the possibility of more goals. The second followed four minutes later as Oţelul's offside trap came apart, leaving Streller to stride on. He could have gone for goal himself but unselfishly chipped the ball across for Alexander Frei to volley in.

Streller got his goal in the 37th minute, staying cool under pressure from two defenders to easily beat Grahovac after Adrian Sălăgeanu's clearance had hit Alexander Frei's back and fallen for the tall No9.

Basel played out the first 30 minutes of the second half without mishap. But when Giurgiu scored from just inside the area the complexion changed and Oţelul found a new momentum. Park Joo Ho was then too casual in the area, allowing Antal to dispossess the left-back, finish smartly and set up a tense finale.

Yann Sommer was not to be beaten again, though, and St. Jakob-Park will be rocking when the 2009 champions come calling on matchday six, when only a win will be enough to send Basel through with SL Benfica.

Last updated: 27/11/12 9.25CET

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Quotes

  • Dorinel Munteanu

    Read more"When you start a game 2-0 down in the 14th minute, at such a level and in such a competition, it is impossible to win"

  • Heiko Vogel

    Read more"I was incredibly relieved when the game was over. It is inexplicable that we made life so hard for ourselves"

Lineups

oţelul

Oţelul

basel

Basel

12
GrahovacBranko Grahovac (GK)
1
SommerYann Sommer (GK)
3
RâpăCornel Râpă
3
Park Joo HoPark Joo Ho
4
FilipIoan Filip
6
DragovicAleksandar Dragovic
Yellow Card62
7
IorgaLaurenţiu Iorga
Substitution66
8
HuggelBenjamin Huggel
Substitution44
8
AntalLiviu Antal
Goal81
9
StrellerMarco Streller (C)
Goal37
16
SârghiCristian Sârghi
13
A. FreiAlexander Frei
Goal14
Substitution74
23
SălăgeanuAdrian Sălăgeanu
Yellow Card33
17
ShaqiriXherdan Shaqiri
Substitution82
26
NeaguIonuţ Neagu
Substitution67
19
AbrahamDavid Abraham
27
PenaMarius Pena
20
F. FreiFabian Frei
Goal10
29
GiurgiuGabriel Giurgiu (C)
Goal75
27
SteinhöferMarkus Steinhöfer
55
PerendijaMilan Perendija
34
XhakaGranit Xhaka

Substitutes

22
BuchtaMiloš Buchta (GK)
23
ColombaMassimo Colomba (GK)
6
BengaAlexandru Benga
7
SchürpfPascal Schürpf
10
ParaschivGabriel Paraschiv
Substitution84
11
ChipperfieldScott Chipperfield
Substitution74
11
FrunzăSorin Frunză
21
KusungaGenséric Kusunga
14
IlieSilviu Ilie
Substitution66
24
CabralCabral
Substitution44
Yellow Card72
19
PunoševacBratislav Punoševac
29
KováčRadoslav Kováč
37
VigliantiGabriel Viglianti
Substitution67
Substitution84
31
ZouaJacques Zoua
Substitution82

Coach

Dorinel Munteanu (ROU) Heiko Vogel (GER)

Referee

Tom Harald Hagen (NOR)

Assistant referees

Dag-Roger Nebben (NOR), Frank Andås (NOR)

Fourth official

Svein-Erik Edvartsen (NOR)

Additional assistant referees

Espen Berntsen (NOR), Dag Vidar Hafsås (NOR)

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  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
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  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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