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Neilson off the mark in style

Published: Thursday 25 November 2004, 23.21CET
FC Basel 1893 1-2 Heart of Midlothian FC Robbie Neilson's first goal for Hearts pinches all three points.

Match statistics

BaselHearts

Goals scored1
 
2
Attempts on target1
 
2
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners0
 
0
Offsides0
 
0
Fouls committed0
 
0
Yellow cards1
 
0
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

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Published: Thursday 25 November 2004, 23.21CET

Neilson off the mark in style

FC Basel 1893 1-2 Heart of Midlothian FC Robbie Neilson's first goal for Hearts pinches all three points.

Robbie Neilson scored a dramatic late winner as Heart of Midlothian FC secured their first points of UEFA Cup Group A against FC Basel 1893.

Fans delight
The full-back's last-minute goal, his first for the club, sent the travelling fans into raptures, just as both teams looked ready to settle for a point. Striker Dennis Wyness had given Hearts a surprise half-time lead before Basel substitute César Carignano restored parity.

Teams' injuries
Basel coach Christian Gross had to do without injured pair Mladen Petric and Murat Yakin, both missing from their last match against Swiss Cup rivals FC Thun, while John Robertson missed suspended midfield players Patrick Kisnorbo and Paul Hartley, but welcomed back captain Steven Pressley and Mark de Vries.

First chance
Basel were first to threaten. Striker Christian Giménez lashed a shot towards the far corner in the opening moments that needed a fine stop from Craig Gordon, the young goalkeeper blocking the shot, before Julio Rossi missed the rebound.

Referee involved
Basel continued to dominate, restricting the visitors to forays into the penalty area by set-piece alone. Indeed, Hearts needed help from the referee to create their first chance. An accidental intervention by the official allowed Michael Stewart time to shoot in the penalty area, the 23-year-old missing at the far post.

Surprise opener
Galvanised by that near miss, Roberston's team took a surprise lead moments later. Another set-piece exposed Basel, as Hearts played the ball low instead of aiming high for De Vries. Three quick passes found Wyness in space and the striker made no mistake in slotting the ball past goalkeeper Pascal Zuberbühler.

Back come Basel
Now forced to launch more committed attacks, Basel subjected Hearts to increased pressure, responding to the goal well. Only some desperate last-ditch defending denied Scott Chipperfield, Pressley playing a captain's part in throwing himself in front of the goal-bound effort.

Open match
Basel started the second half how they had ended the first, but it was Hearts who punched through twice in quick succession in the opening moments. Robertson had clearly instructed his team not to sit back, a tactic that led to an open game with action at both ends. Chipperfield again went close, this time denied by some heroic goalkeeping, Gordon saving the Australian's point-blank diving header.

Carignano scores
Basel's failure to equalise despite some decent chances was not lost on Gross, who reshuffled his attack midway through the half. His changes quickly paid dividends, substitute Carignano needing only ten minutes to level matters, the striker holding off Alan Maybury before shooting high past Gordon.

Last-gasp winner
Basel pressed for a winner as the clock ticked down before Hearts' last-gasp winner. A speculative attack - more to relieve defensive pressure than to seriously threaten goal - paid off as Neilson advanced well beyond his station and sent his shot under the body of Zuberbühler with only moments left. Rejuvenated Hearts now sit out the next round of matches while Basel face Ferencvárosi TC on 1 December.

Last updated: 26/11/04 11.15CET

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Lineups

basel

Basel

hearts

Hearts

1
ZuberbühlerPascal Zuberbühler (GK) (C)
1
GordonCraig Gordon (GK)
5
ZwyssigMarco Zwyssig
2
MayburyAlan Maybury
6
HuggelBenjamin Huggel
4
PressleySteven Pressley (C)
8
SterjovskiMile Sterjovski
Substitution71
6
WebsterAndy Webster
11
ChipperfieldScott Chipperfield
7
WynessDennis Wyness
Goal31
13
GiménezChristian Giménez
Yellow Card65
9
De VriesMark De Vries
Substitution86
19
KléberKléber
12
NeilsonRobbie Neilson
Goal89
20
DelgadoMatías Delgado
Substitution85
14
McAllisterJames McAllister
23
P. DegenPhilipp Degen
15
PereiraRamón Pereira
Substitution65
30
SmiljanicBoris Smiljanic
19
HamillJoseph Hamill
33
RossiJulio Rossi
Substitution62
22
StewartMichael Stewart
Substitution70

Substitutes

4
QuennozAlexandre Quennoz
8
StampPhil Stamp
Substitution65
9
CarignanoCésar Carignano
Substitution62
Goal77
13
MoilanenTeuvo Moilanen (GK)
12
BarberisSébastien Barberis
Substitution85
11
MacFarlaneNeil MacFarlane
Substitution70
21
D. DegenDavid Degen
Substitution71
17
WeirGraham Weir
Substitution86
35
MandlThomas Mandl (GK)
18
JanczykNeil Janczyk
20
SloanRobert Sloan
21
BerraChristophe Berra

Coach

Christian Gross (SUI) John Grant Robertson (SCO)

Referee

Kristinn Jakobsson (ISL)

Assistant referees

Pjetur Sigurdsson (ISL), Eyjolfur Finnsson (ISL)

Fourth official

Gylfi Thor Orrason (ISL)

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