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Draxler decisive for Schalke in Basel

Published: Tuesday 1 October 2013, 22.50CET
FC Basel 1893 0-1 FC Schalke 04
Julian Draxler scored for the second successive Group E game as Jens Keller's team put their domestic struggles behind them at St. Jakob-Park.
by Ian Holyman
from St. Jakob-Park

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Match statistics

BaselSchalke

Goals scored0
1
Possession (%)56
 
44
Total attempts9
 
8
on target2
 
2
off target7
 
6
blocked1
 
1
against woodwork0
1
Corners3
 
3
Offsides2
 
4
Yellow cards1
 
3
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed18
 
15
Fouls suffered15
 
17
Passes600
 
460
completed458
 
322

Standings

Last updated: 19/06/2014 23:28 CET

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Published: Tuesday 1 October 2013, 22.50CET

Draxler decisive for Schalke in Basel

FC Basel 1893 0-1 FC Schalke 04
Julian Draxler scored for the second successive Group E game as Jens Keller's team put their domestic struggles behind them at St. Jakob-Park.

FC Schalke 04 made light of their domestic travails as Julian Draxler's superb half-volley gave them victory at FC Basel 1893 and left the Bundesliga strugglers atop UEFA Champions League Group E.

The contrast could hardly be greater between the position of Jens Keller's side in uncomfortable proximity to the German top flight's relegation zone and their lofty European perch with a 100% record after two matches in the group stage. They owed their second successive triumph to Draxler, whose breathtaking 54th-minute strike was one of the visitors' rare highlights in a game in which the hosts proved the more enterprising.

Keller had raised eyebrows with a starting lineup featuring no recognised striker, making Kevin-Prince Boateng the most advanced of a phalanx of attacking midfielders. He might have quickly justified his coach's bold tactical tweak had he volleyed in following Fabian Schär's untimely miskick. Disappointment was etched on the Ghanaian international's face, however, as the ball flew past Yann Sommer's left-hand upright.

That scare apart, Basel were composure itself, which was perhaps little surprise given the teams' wildly contrasting domestic form. The crisper, more fluid football came from the Swiss champions and one such move led to Mohamed Salah nimbly sidestepping out of a tight spot; unfortunately for Basel, his rising shot was as unsightly as his footwork had been delightful.

The Egyptian's pace was a pressing concern for Schalke, however, while Basel's movement frequently looked as if it would unravel the visiting back four. Yet both sides might have seized the initiative before the break, but first Roman Neustädter and then Marco Streller at the opposite end saw headers beat both goalkeeper and far post.

Neustädter would come closer still just after the interval, though his volley would surely have dipped under rather than hit the crossbar had it not glanced off Fabian Frei en route. The chance was born of a brilliant dash of flair by Draxler, who did not wait long before applying his prodigious talent to still greater effect. When a corner was cleared to him outside the area, the 20-year-old positioned himself meticulously before elegantly arrowing a half-volley beyond Sommer. Technically and aesthetically, it was a thing of beauty.

Behrang Safari and Schär both sent dipping efforts flying narrowly over Timo Hildebrand's goal while substitute Giovanni Sio's drive forced the Schalke goalkeeper into the only uncomfortable save he had to make – but Murat Yakin's men proved unable to build on their shock matchday one defeat of Chelsea FC.

Last updated: 04/12/13 3.02CET

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Lineups

basel

Basel

schalke

Schalke

1
SommerYann Sommer (GK)
34
HildebrandTimo Hildebrand (GK)
9
StrellerMarco Streller (C)
4
HöwedesBenedikt Höwedes (C)
13
IvanovIvan Ivanov
5
Felipe SantanaFelipe Santana
14
StockerValentin Stocker
7
MeyerMax Meyer
Substitution85
15
VoserKay Voser
9
BoatengKevin-Prince Boateng
16
SchärFabian Schär
10
DraxlerJulian Draxler
Goal54
19
SafariBehrang Safari
Substitution84
12
HögerMarco Höger
Yellow Card65
20
F. FreiFabian Frei
Substitution84
15
AogoDennis Aogo
Yellow Card37
Substitution78
21
DíazMarcelo Díaz
17
FarfánJefferson Farfán
Yellow Card38
Substitution45
22
SalahMohamed Salah
22
UchidaAtsuto Uchida
34
XhakaTaulant Xhaka
Substitution62
33
NeustädterRoman Neustädter

Substitutes

18
VailatiGermano Vailati (GK)
36
UnnerstallLars Unnerstall (GK)
4
P. DegenPhilipp Degen
Substitution84
2
HooglandTim Hoogland
Substitution85
5
Ar. AjetiArlind Ajeti
6
KolasinacSead Kolasinac
Substitution78
8
Serey DieSerey Die
11
ClemensChristian Clemens
10
DelgadoMatías Delgado
Substitution84
Yellow Card89
24
AyhanKaan Ayhan
30
SioGiovanni Sio
Substitution62
28
SzalaiÁdám Szalai
Substitution45
33
Elneny Mohamed Elneny
32
MatipJoel Matip

Coach

Murat Yakin (SUI) Jens Keller (GER)

Referee

Alberto Undiano Mallenco (ESP)

Assistant referees

Raúl Cabanero Martínez (ESP), Roberto Díaz Pérez del Palomar (ESP)

Fourth official

Victoriano Diaz Casado (ESP)

Additional assistant referees

Fernando Teixeira (ESP), Javier Estrada (ESP)

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