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Schalke see off ten-man Basel to progress

Published: Wednesday 11 December 2013, 22.50CET
FC Schalke 04 2-0 FC Basel 1893
Strikes from Julian Draxler and Joel Matip capitalised on Ivan Ivanov's first-half red card as the German side clinched second place in Group E.
by Andy James
from Stadion Gelsenkirchen

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Match statistics

SchalkeBasel

Goals scored2
 
0
Possession (%)53
 
47
Total attempts21
 
7
on target14
 
3
off target7
 
4
blocked5
 
1
against woodwork0
 
0
Corners9
 
1
Offsides3
 
4
Yellow cards3
 
4
Red Cards0
1
Fouls committed17
 
9
Fouls suffered9
 
15
Passes590
 
530
completed441
 
359

Standings

Group E

PPts
Chelsea FC Chelsea612
FC Schalke 04 Schalke610
FC Basel 1893 Basel68
FC Steaua Bucureşti Steaua63
Last updated: 19/06/2014 23:28 CET

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Pts: Points   
 
Published: Wednesday 11 December 2013, 22.50CET

Schalke see off ten-man Basel to progress

FC Schalke 04 2-0 FC Basel 1893
Strikes from Julian Draxler and Joel Matip capitalised on Ivan Ivanov's first-half red card as the German side clinched second place in Group E.

FC Schalke 04 secured their place in the last 16 for the fourth time in seven seasons, eliminating FC Basel 1893 in the process.

Second-half strikes from Julian Draxler and Joel Matip were the consequence of increasing pressure from the Royal Blues following Ivan Ivanov's first-half sending off for the Swiss champions, who will now compete in the UEFA Europa League after dropping behind their hosts into third in Group E.

Basel coach Murat Yakin had said his side would not abandon their attacking principles despite only requiring a draw to progress, but it soon became clear their priority was to give Schalke's talented forward line as little room as possible.

The opening exchanges were duly tight, but even the most astute tactics can be undone by raw pace and Jefferson Farfán displayed that in abundance. It was his sprint and resulting cross which first got the home crowd on their feet 11 minutes in as the disoriented Taulant Xhaka turned the ball onto his own bar. Draxler collected the rebound and pulled back for Max Meyer, whose shot was cleared off the line by Fabian Schär.

The key passage of the first half came 20 minutes later. What initially looked like trouble for Schalke as captain Benedikt Höwedes hobbled off injured soon turned into an advantage as his replacement, striker Ádám Szalai, was impeded by Ivanov and suddenly the visitors were down to ten men.

Schalke's numerical advantage began to tell with Farfán's subsequent free-kick drawing an important save from Yann Sommer, who was scrambling across his goal line again two minutes before the interval to prevent the Peruvian from bundling in.

Indeed, the half-time break came as a welcome respite for Basel, who now had little choice but to defend. They were breached within six minutes of the restart, though, as Farfán found just enough height with his cross to pick out Draxler, who finished coolly on the half-volley.

Farfán was again the architect as the Royal Blues doubled their lead six minutes later. The forward swung a right-wing free-kick into the box to Matip who, as the defence pushed out calling for offside, had the time and space he needed to chest down and plant past the stranded Sommer.

The excellent Farfán created two further chances for Szalai and went mightily close himself with a fine free-kick, but the two-goal margin was sufficient for Schalke to head into the knockout rounds behind section winners Chelsea FC.

Last updated: 16/12/13 11.42CET

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Lineups

schalke

Schalke

basel

Basel

1
FährmannRalf Fährmann (GK)
1
SommerYann Sommer (GK)
4
HöwedesBenedikt Höwedes (C)
Yellow Card29
Substitution31
8
Serey DieGeoffroy Serey Die
Substitution72
5
Felipe SantanaFelipe Santana
9
StrellerMarco Streller (C)
6
KolašinacSead Kolašinac
Yellow Card78
13
IvanovIvan Ivanov
Red Card31
7
MeyerMax Meyer
Substitution88
14
StockerValentin Stocker
Substitution72
9
BoatengKevin-Prince Boateng
15
VoserKay Voser
Yellow Card20
10
DraxlerJulian Draxler
Goal51
Substitution66
16
SchärFabian Schär
Yellow Card58
17
FarfánJefferson Farfán
20
F. FreiFabian Frei
Yellow Card57
22
UchidaAtsuto Uchida
22
SalahMohamed Salah
32
MatipJoel Matip
Goal57
Yellow Card62
33
Elneny Mohamed Elneny
Substitution61
33
NeustädterRoman Neustädter
34
XhakaTaulant Xhaka

Substitutes

34
HildebrandTimo Hildebrand (GK)
18
VailatiGermano Vailati (GK)
2
HooglandTim Hoogland
4
P. DegenPhilipp Degen
8
GoretzkaLeon Goretzka
Substitution88
5
Ar. AjetiArlind Ajeti
Substitution72
11
ClemensChristian Clemens
7
D. DegenDavid Degen
23
FuchsChristian Fuchs
Substitution66
10
DelgadoMatías Delgado
Substitution72
24
AyhanKaan Ayhan
26
SauroGastón Sauro
28
SzalaiÁdám Szalai
Substitution31
30
SioGiovanni Sio
Substitution61
Yellow Card85

Coach

Jens Keller (GER) Murat Yakin (SUI)

Referee

Paolo Tagliavento (ITA)

Assistant referees

Andrea Stefani (ITA), Renato Faverani (ITA)

Fourth official

Nicola Nicoletti (ITA)

Additional assistant referees

Paolo Valeri (ITA), Andrea De Marco (ITA)

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