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Basel open door to last four

Published: Thursday 30 March 2006, 23.40CET
FC Basel 1893 2-0 Middlesbrough FC
Two goals just before half-time provided a powerful blow to the English side's UEFA Cup hopes.

Match statistics

BaselMiddlesbrough

Goals scored2
 
0
Attempts on target9
 
4
Attempts off target3
 
9
Corners5
 
8
Offsides5
 
2
Fouls committed16
 
20
Yellow cards0
1
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

 
Published: Thursday 30 March 2006, 23.40CET

Basel open door to last four

FC Basel 1893 2-0 Middlesbrough FC
Two goals just before half-time provided a powerful blow to the English side's UEFA Cup hopes.

FC Basel 1893 took a significant step towards the last four of the UEFA Cup after an impressive 2-0 victory against Middlesbrough FC in Switzerland.

Schwarzer beaten
Two goals just before half-time inflicted a serious blow to the English Premiership side as Basel made the best of difficult conditions at St. Jakob-Park. On 43 minutes Matías Delgado collected his seventh goal of the competition when his hopeful long-range effort took a wicked bounce off the greasy surface and arced over the unfortunate Mark Schwarzer. The Australian international was beaten again before the interval as David Degen earned Basel a valuable first-leg cushion.

Degen drive
It was a deserved strike for Degen, whose tireless running proved a constant threat to the visitors' shaky defence. After Eduardo glanced a header wide on ten minutes, he was given a clearer opening when he met Degen's pullback, before testing Schwarzer with a shot on the turn. Middlesbrough, meanwhile, were limited to half-chances as Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink drove a free-kick off target midway through the half, while a swerving attempt from Gaizka Mendieta forced Pascal Zuberbühler to tip over.

Cruel timing
With opportunities at a premium for Middlesbrough, Basel were rewarded for their endeavour through Delgado's opener, before Degen outpaced a sluggish back line to latch on to Eduardo's through-ball and drill a low shot beyond Schwarzer. The timing was terrible for Steve McClaren's men but they responded well after the break.

Riggott intervention
Hasselbaink drew a diving stop from Zuberbühler three minutes into the second period and Chris Riggott went even closer as he met a corner with a towering header. It cannoned off the crossbar, however, and Delgado repeated the feat at the other end with a free-kick as the game opened up. Riggott was on more familiar defensive duty on 70 minutes, his goalline block denying substitute Scott Chipperfield.

Ehiogu effort
Another replacement, Ugo Ehiogu, almost reduced the deficit late on but Zuberbühler made a fine save, meaning Basel take a healthy lead to the Riverside stadium next week.

Last updated: 31/03/06 15.21CET

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Lineups

basel

Basel

middlesbrough

Middlesbrough

1
ZuberbühlerPascal Zuberbühler (GK)
1
SchwarzerMark Schwarzer (GK)
5
MajstorovicDaniel Majstorovic
21
ParnabyStuart Parnaby
24
BernerBruno Berner
5
RiggottChris Riggott
30
SmiljanicBoris Smiljanic
12
PogatetzEmanuel Pogatetz
Substitution68
8
SterjovskiMile Sterjovski
Substitution64
3
QueudrueFranck Queudrue
12
BaPapa Malick Ba
14
MendietaGaizka Mendieta
Substitution74
20
DelgadoMatías Delgado
Goal43
15
ParlourRay Parlour
21
D. DegenDavid Degen
Goal45+1
17
DorivaDoriva
32
ZanniReto Zanni
19
DowningStewart Downing
Yellow Card52
23
EduardoEduardo
9
HasselbainkJimmy Floyd Hasselbaink
Substitution74
10
PetrićMladen Petrić
Substitution85
36
VidukaMark Viduka

Substitutes

18
CraytonLouis Crayton (GK)
22
JonesBrad Jones (GK)
4
QuennozAlexandre Quennoz
24
DaviesAndrew Davies
11
ChipperfieldScott Chipperfield
Substitution64
4
EhioguUgo Ehiogu
Substitution68
17
RakitićIvan Rakitić
20
YakubuAyegbeni Yakubu
Substitution74
22
ErgićIvan Ergić
Substitution85
10
RochembackFábio Rochemback
Substitution74
27
KuzmanovićZdravko Kuzmanović
25
MorrisonJames Morrison
29
BaykalKulaksizoglu Baykal
33
A. TaylorAndrew Taylor

Coach

Christian Gross (SUI) Steve McClaren (ENG)

Referee

Roberto Rosetti (ITA)

Assistant referees

Cristiano Copelli (ITA), Alessandro Stagnoli (ITA)

Fourth official

Domenico Messina (ITA)

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