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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

Basel
Steaua

1

Goals scored

1

55

Possession (%)

45

9

Total attempts

7

5

on target

5

4

off target

2

2

blocked

1

0

against woodwork

0

5

Corners

3

0

Offsides

4

3

Yellow cards

3

0

Red Cards

0

18

Fouls committed

13

10

Fouls suffered

18

632

Passes

517

451

completed

338

Lineups

basel

Basel

steaua

Steaua

1Sommer (GK)12Tătăruşanu (GK)
8Serey Die4Szukała
Yellow Card11
9Streller (C)5Pintilii
Substitution46
10Delgado
Substitution66
6Gardoş
13Ivanov
Yellow Card42
10Tănase
14Stocker14Latovlevici
15Voser17Georgievski
16Schär
Yellow Card80
23Stanciu
Substitution62
20F. Frei
Substitution78
25Piovaccari
Goal17
Yellow Card26
Substitution76
22Salah
Substitution84
55Bourceanu (C)
Yellow Card41
34Xhaka77Popa

Substitutes

18Vailati (GK)1Niță (GK)
4P. Degen7Chipciu
Substitution62
5Ajeti8Filip
Substitution46
7D. Degen
Substitution84
Yellow Card86
11Prepeliţă
21Díaz
Substitution78
22Pîrvulescu
30Sio
Substitution66
Goal90+1
33Varela
33Elneny35Kapetanos
Substitution76

Coaches

Murat Yakin (SUI) Laurenţiu Reghecampf (ROU)

Referee

Olegário Benquerença (POR)

Standings

Last updated: 07/11/2013 08:42 CET

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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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