Two weeks after FC Steaua Bucureşti had frustrated FC Basel 1893 with a late equaliser Giovanni Sio turned the tables on the Romanian title holders, the Basel substitute's added-time equaliser denying Steaua a first UEFA Champions League group stage win in over seven years.
Building on their hard work from the first meeting in Romania, and Leandro Tatu's 88th-minute strike that had brought a 1-1 draw, Laurenţiu Reghecampf's team soaked up early Basel pressure. Having taken the lead thanks to a composed finish by Federico Piovaccari, the visitors were close to sealing their first victory in 21 UEFA Champions League matches and climbing into contention for a top-two finish in Group E. However, just as the home fans were beginning to lose hope, Sio slid in Valentin Stocker's cross to move Murat Yakin's men just a point behind second-placed FC Schalke 04.
We will take the positives from this game. We fought really well and showed a lot of character. Our chances to progress from this group are still there.
Murat Yakin, Basel coach
We shouldn’t have been pressing in the 90th minute, we should have been focused on keeping possession and keeping the ball away from our goal.
Laurenţiu Reghecampf, Steaua coach
|1||Sommer (GK)||12||Tătăruşanu (GK)|
|18||Vailati (GK)||1||Niță (GK)|
|Murat Yakin (SUI)||Laurenţiu Reghecampf (ROU)|
|Olegário Benquerença (POR)|
|D||Man. City||CSKA Moskva|
|A||Real Sociedad||Man. United|