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Last-gasp Sio strike rescues Basel against Steaua

Published: Wednesday 6 November 2013, 22.56CET
FC Basel 1893 1-1 FC Steaua Bucureşti
Substitute Giovanni Sio scored in the final seconds to deny the Romanian champions what would have been their first group stage win since 2006.
by Martyn Hindley
from St. Jakob-Park

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Match statistics

BaselSteaua

Goals scored1
 
1
Possession (%)55
 
45
Total attempts9
 
7
on target5
 
5
off target4
 
2
blocked2
 
1
against woodwork0
 
0
Corners5
 
3
Offsides0
4
Yellow cards3
 
3
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed18
 
13
Fouls suffered10
 
18
Passes632
 
517
completed451
 
338

Standings

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

Legend:

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Pts: Points   
 
Published: Wednesday 6 November 2013, 22.56CET

Last-gasp Sio strike rescues Basel against Steaua

FC Basel 1893 1-1 FC Steaua Bucureşti
Substitute Giovanni Sio scored in the final seconds to deny the Romanian champions what would have been their first group stage win since 2006.

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.

Steaua started with the solidity that would characterise their whole performance, particularly through captain Alexandru Bourceanu and Mihai Pintilii, who partnered him in defensive midfield having recovered from injury. However, they opened the scoring in the 17th minute thanks to a direct pass from Łukasz Szukała that bisected the Basel central defenders and left Piovaccari with ample time to pick his spot and score for the ninth time in 13 appearances.

The home side had controlled possession before that goal but only had the free-kick Matías Delgado sent wide to show for it as Reghecampf's men maintained their discipline and work-rate to the break. They might even have notched a second within minutes of the half-time whistle but Yann Sommer produced an agile double save, flinging himself to his right to push away Szukała's header before readjusting to dive left and deny Florin Gardoş from the rebound.

Perhaps inspired by the nearby rock concert, Basel supporters conjured up a few melodies for the second half which seemed to help their team to find their fluency. From a Stocker corner, centre-back Ivan Ivanov directed an angled header wide of the far post with goalkeeper Ciprian Tătăruşanu committed. However, their opponents refused to tire and opportunities dried up for the champions of Switzerland.

One last opening was enough to take a point though, Stocker finally separating the central defensive pairing with a left-footed cross that Sio prodded in to peg back Steaua at the last. Basel next welcome Chelsea FC on matchday five, when Steaua take on FC Schalke 04.

Last updated: 03/12/13 19.43CET

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Lineups

basel

Basel

steaua

Steaua

1
SommerYann Sommer (GK)
12
TătăruşanuCiprian Tătăruşanu (GK)
8
Serey DieGeoffroy Serey Die
4
SzukałaŁukasz Szukała
Yellow Card11
9
StrellerMarco Streller (C)
5
PintiliiMihai Pintilii
Substitution46
10
DelgadoMatías Delgado
Substitution66
6
GardoşFlorin Gardoş
13
IvanovIvan Ivanov
Yellow Card42
10
C. TănaseCristian Tănase
14
StockerValentin Stocker
14
LatovleviciIasmin Latovlevici
15
VoserKay Voser
17
GeorgievskiDaniel Georgievski
16
SchärFabian Schär
Yellow Card80
23
StanciuNicolae Stanciu
Substitution62
20
F. FreiFabian Frei
Substitution78
25
PiovaccariFederico Piovaccari
Goal17
Yellow Card26
Substitution76
22
SalahMohamed Salah
Substitution84
55
BourceanuAlexandru Bourceanu (C)
Yellow Card41
34
XhakaTaulant Xhaka
77
PopaAdrian Popa

Substitutes

18
VailatiGermano Vailati (GK)
1
NițăFlorin Niță (GK)
4
P. DegenPhilipp Degen
7
ChipciuAlexandru Chipciu
Substitution62
5
Ar. AjetiArlind Ajeti
8
FilipLucian Filip
Substitution46
7
D. DegenDavid Degen
Substitution84
Yellow Card86
11
PrepeliţăAndrei Prepeliţă
21
DíazMarcelo Díaz
Substitution78
22
PîrvulescuPaul Pîrvulescu
30
SioGiovanni Sio
Substitution66
Goal90+1
33
VarelaFernando Varela
33
Elneny Mohamed Elneny
35
KapetanosPantelis Kapetanos
Substitution76

Coach

Murat Yakin (SUI) Laurenţiu Reghecampf (ROU)

Referee

Olegário Benquerença (POR)

Assistant referees

Ricardo Santos (POR), Rui Tavares (POR)

Fourth official

João Santos (POR)

Additional assistant referees

Manuel De Sousa (POR), Artur Dias (POR)

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