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Basel brush aside Ludogorets

Published: Tuesday 27 August 2013, 23.03CET
FC Basel 1893 2-0 PFC Ludogorets Razgrad (agg: 6-2)
Fabian Frei and substitute Philipp Degen were on target as the Swiss champions reached the group stage in convincing fashion.
Basel brush aside Ludogorets
Basel goalscorer Fabian Frei in action against Ludogorets ©Getty Images

Match statistics

BaselLudogorets

Goals scored2
 
0
Possession (%)48
 
52
Total attempts16
 
5
on target11
 
2
off target5
 
3
blocked6
 
0
against woodwork1
 
0
Corners5
 
4
Offsides2
 
2
Yellow cards3
 
1
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed12
 
8
Fouls suffered8
 
11
Passes546
 
552
completed420
 
411

Standings

 
Published: Tuesday 27 August 2013, 23.03CET

Basel brush aside Ludogorets

FC Basel 1893 2-0 PFC Ludogorets Razgrad (agg: 6-2)
Fabian Frei and substitute Philipp Degen were on target as the Swiss champions reached the group stage in convincing fashion.

FC Basel 1893 sealed a fifth UEFA Champions League group stage appearance as they eased to a 2-0 victory against PFC Ludogorets Razgrad.

Leading 4-2 from the first leg, the Swiss title holders all but confirmed their place in Thursday's draw for the next phase when Fabian Frei headed in after 11 minutes. Stoicho Stoev's charges competed industriously in the hope of sparking a turnaround but were undone by another corner late on, Philipp Degen pouncing to complete a 6-2 aggregate success.

The game's first attempt spawned the opening goal as Marcelo Díaz's inswinging corner evaded a clutch of players at the near post, leaving Frei with a simple close-range header. Ludogorets almost found an instant equaliser as Ivan Stoyanov's whipped free-kick cannoned off the bar, yet the hosts responded in kind as Giovanni Sio galloped into the box and fired against the far upright.

Requiring four goals to have any chance of progression, the Bulgarian champions came forward whenever possible. Roman Bezjak should have levelled with a crisp volley from a swirling Choco cross, though in truth the chance was out of keeping with an opening 45 minutes that the hosts dominated without significantly threatening to double their advantage.

Murat Yakin's men subdued the tempo after the restart, retaining possession more effectively and restricting Ludogorets' attacking intent. The visitors' first serious sight of Yann Sommer's goal in the second half arrived after 65 minutes but substitute Fábio Espinho could only rifle his effort over the top from distance.

Set-piece frailty cost the away side again 11 minutes from time as Degen – introduced just two minutes earlier – stabbed in the second from fellow substitute Matías Delgado's corner. UEFA Europa League semi-finalists last season, Basel appear well equipped for a prolonged run in European competition again this term.

Last updated: 05/09/13 11.52CET

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Lineups

basel

Basel

ludogorets

Ludogorets

1
SommerYann Sommer (GK)
21
StoyanovVladislav Stoyanov (GK)
5
Ar. AjetiArlind Ajeti
Yellow Card44
4
MäntyläTero Mäntylä
14
StockerValentin Stocker (C)
9
BezjakRoman Bezjak
15
VoserKay Voser
18
DyakovSvetoslav Dyakov (C)
16
SchärFabian Schär
Yellow Card14
Substitution55
20
ChocoChoco
19
SafariBehrang Safari
Substitution77
23
ZlatinskiHristo Zlatinski
Substitution59
20
F. FreiFabian Frei
Goal11
25
Y. MinevYordan Minev
21
DíazMarcelo Díaz
27
MoţiCosmin Moţi
Yellow Card63
22
SalahMohamed Salah
Yellow Card39
Substitution70
73
I. StoyanovIvan Stoyanov
Substitution86
30
SioGiovanni Sio
84
MarcelinhoMarcelinho
34
XhakaTaulant Xhaka
93
MisidjanVirgil Misidjan
Substitution73

Substitutes

18
VailatiGermano Vailati (GK)
91
ČvorovićIvan Čvorović (GK)
4
P. DegenPhilipp Degen
Substitution77
Goal79
5
BartheAlexandre Barthe
7
D. DegenDavid Degen
7
M. AleksandrovMihail Aleksandrov
Substitution73
9
StrellerMarco Streller
8
Fábio EspinhoFábio Espinho
Substitution59
10
DelgadoMatías Delgado
Substitution70
10
HernándezSebastián Hernández
26
SauroGastón Sauro
Substitution55
77
VitinhaVitinha
Substitution86
33
Elneny Mohamed Elneny
99
MichelMichel

Coach

Murat Yakin (SUI) Stoicho Stoev (BUL)

Referee

William Collum (SCO)

Assistant referees

Martin Cryans (SCO), William Conquer (SCO)

Fourth official

Gavin Harris (SCO)

Additional assistant referees

Bobby Madden (SCO), John Beaton (SCO)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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