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Brilliant Basel hit heights to knock out United

Published: Wednesday 7 December 2011, 22.50CET
FC Basel 1893 2-1 Manchester United FC
A goal in each half from Marco Streller and Alexander Frei secured a famous home victory and second place in Group C at their opponents' expense.
by Steven Rogers
from St. Jakob-Park

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Match statistics

BaselMan. United

Goals scored2
 
1
Attempts on target5
 
7
Attempts off target4
 
9
Corners2
 
7
Offsides0
3
Fouls committed13
 
17
Yellow cards2
 
2
Red cards0
 
0
Possession (%)48
 
52

Standings

Group C

PPts
1SL Benfica Benfica612
2FC Basel 1893 Basel611
3Manchester United FC Man. United69
4FC Oţelul Galaţi Oţelul60
Last updated: 21/05/2012 17:42 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
 
Published: Wednesday 7 December 2011, 22.50CET

Brilliant Basel hit heights to knock out United

FC Basel 1893 2-1 Manchester United FC
A goal in each half from Marco Streller and Alexander Frei secured a famous home victory and second place in Group C at their opponents' expense.

FC Basel 1893 reached the UEFA Champions League last 16 for only the second time as Marco Streller and Alexander Frei scored in each half to secure a famous victory over Manchester United FC to end last season's finalists' interest in the competition.

With SL Benfica already assured of progress, Basel and United met with Group C's second qualifying berth at stake. United needed only a point but Xherdan Shaqiri proved a thorn in their side; his cross led to Streller's thumping ninth-opener finish and, as the visitors pressed for an equaliser, the 20-year-old set up Frei to head a second six minutes from time.

Phil Jones halved the deficit, but Basel survived a tense finale to advance from the initial group stage for the first time since 2002/03. United, meanwhile, fail to progress from a group stage for only the third time and, though both teams will be involved in a draw on 16 December, the English club will be in the UEFA Europa League.

Although United started confidently, their early optimism was punctured after they failed to clear Markus Steinhöfer's delivery. Shaqiri collected on the left wing and whipped in a vicious cross that United goalkeeper David de Gea could only deflect into the path of Streller, who fired in convincingly.

That strike put the wind in Basel's sails and they continued to press forward as United struggled to contain Shaqiri. However, Nani was becoming equally influential for the visitors and, just past the half-hour, delivered a dangerous cross that narrowly evaded Wayne Rooney and Park Ji-Sung.

Nani's own effort was bravely smothered by Yann Sommer, and the Basel goalkeeper was also equal to Rooney's drive after the striker was put through by Ryan Giggs. The English side's mounting frustration was obvious, yet they started the second period positively. Rooney sent one effort wide, before the home goal had a fortunate escape when Steinhöfer's attempted volleyed clearance came back off his own crossbar.

Basel had chances of their own, Frei having one kick acrobatically saved as Heiko Vogel's charges looked to put daylight between them and United. On the break they managed to do just that; Shaqiri curled in from the right and Streller cleverly dummied for Frei to steal in at the far post and nod in.

Jones's header after Federico Macheda's shot had come back off the bar gave United hope, but Basel stood strong.

Last updated: 27/11/12 17.28CET

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Quotes

  • Heiko Vogel

    Read more"There is boundless joy, the pride I feel is at its maximum. Not only did we win 2-1, it was the way we won"

  • Sir Alex Ferguson

    Read more"The last few years have been outstanding and it's a loss because it's the best tournament in the world"

Lineups

basel

Basel

man. united

Man. United

1
SommerYann Sommer (GK)
1
De GeaDavid de Gea (GK)
3
Park Joo HoPark Joo Ho
3
EvraPatrice Evra
Yellow Card86
6
DragovicAleksandar Dragovic
4
JonesPhil Jones
Goal89
9
StrellerMarco Streller (C)
Goal9
5
FerdinandRio Ferdinand
13
A. FreiAlexander Frei
Goal84
Substitution88
10
RooneyWayne Rooney
17
ShaqiriXherdan Shaqiri
Substitution90+2
11
GiggsRyan Giggs
19
AbrahamDavid Abraham
12
SmallingChris Smalling
20
F. FreiFabian Frei
Yellow Card90+1
13
Park Ji-SungPark Ji-Sung
Substitution82
24
CabralCabral
15
VidićNemanja Vidić (C)
Substitution44
27
SteinhöferMarkus Steinhöfer
17
NaniNani
34
XhakaGranit Xhaka
Yellow Card27
Substitution83
18
YoungAshley Young
Yellow Card45+3
Substitution64

Substitutes

23
ColombaMassimo Colomba (GK)
34
LindegaardAnders Lindegaard (GK)
11
ChipperfieldScott Chipperfield
Substitution83
6
J. EvansJonny Evans
Substitution44
14
StockerValentin Stocker
Substitution90+2
19
WelbeckDanny Welbeck
Substitution64
21
KusungaGenséric Kusunga
Substitution88
24
D. FletcherDarren Fletcher
29
KováčRadoslav Kováč
25
A. ValenciaAntonio Valencia
31
ZouaJacques Zoua
27
MachedaFederico Macheda
Substitution82
35
Kwan-Ryong PakKwan-Ryong Pak
28
GibsonDarron Gibson

Coach

Heiko Vogel (GER) Sir Alex Ferguson (SCO)

Referee

Björn Kuipers (NED)

Assistant referees

Sander van Roekel (NED), Erwin Zeinstra (NED)

Fourth official

Eric Braamhaar (NED)

Additional assistant referees

Bas Nijhuis (NED), Richard Liesveld (NED)

Legend:

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