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Middlesbrough savour late drama

Published: Thursday 6 April 2006, 23.45CET
Middlesbrough FC 4-1 FC Basel 1893 (agg: 4-3)
A last-gasp Massimo Maccarone goal sealed a stunning comeback at the Riverside stadium.
by Andrew Haslam
from Middlesbrough

Match statistics

MiddlesbroughBasel

Goals scored4
 
1
Attempts on target13
 
3
Attempts off target5
 
3
Corners7
 
3
Offsides3
 
4
Fouls committed16
 
11
Yellow cards1
 
1
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

 
Published: Thursday 6 April 2006, 23.45CET

Middlesbrough savour late drama

Middlesbrough FC 4-1 FC Basel 1893 (agg: 4-3)
A last-gasp Massimo Maccarone goal sealed a stunning comeback at the Riverside stadium.

Substitute Massimo Maccarone scored a dramatic winning goal seconds before the final whistle as Middlesbrough FC sealed a 4-3 aggregate win, to reach the UEFA Cup semi-finals for the first time after a rousing second-half fightback against FC Basel 1893.

Rousing fightback
Christian Gross' Basel always looked in control, having earned a 2-0 victory on home soil in last week's first leg, and their grip on the tie was further strengthened by Eduardo's close-range finish midway through the first half. Mark Viduka struck twice either side of half-time to breathe fresh life into the Middlesbrough's challenge, however, and when Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink found the net with a thunderous strike moments after the dismissal of Basel's Swedish defender Daniel Majstorovic, the momentum was with the home side. With time almost up, Maccarone slid in the winning goal from a tight angle to crown a remarkable comeback and earn a last-four tie against FC Steaua Bucuresti.

Eduardo blow
The home team came close to halving their deficit in the opening seconds as Pascal Zuberbühler failed to collect George Boateng's high ball under pressure from Yakubu Ayegbeni but the Nigerian international's angled shot towards the unguarded goal rolled into the side-netting. Basel then served notice of their attacking intent as Mile Sterjovski was left unmarked from a free-kick to flick an effort wide, but Middlesbrough failed to heed the warning and another set-piece proved their undoing in the 23rd minute, Boris Smiljanic nodding Mladen Petrić's free-kick across goal for Eduardo to tap in at the far post.

Viduka response
That left the home side needing to score four times to stay in the competition, and they replied rapidly as Yakubu's physical presence unsettled the Basel defence and Viduka collected the loose ball before drilling a shot past Zuberbühler. The Basel goalkeeper preserved his side's two-goal aggregate advantage as the interval approached, however, stretching to palm Yakubu's effort around the post after a slick passing move had sliced open the visitors.

Hasselbaink strike
Urged on by tremendous home support Middlesbrough began the second period in frenetic fashion, with half-time substitute Hasselbaink and Viduka both forcing Zuberbühler into action. The Basel goalkeeper was powerless three minutes before the hour, however, Viduka collecting Yakubu's defence-splitting pass and rounding the goalkeeper to roll in before Majstorovic was sent off for a second bookable offence. Hasselbaink raised home hopes almost immediately with a thunderous shot from the edge of the area and just as it seemed Basel would hold out, Zuberbühler parried Fábio Rochemback's effort and Maccarone slid in the rebound from an acute angle to spark wild celebrations.

Last updated: 07/04/06 14.23CET

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Lineups

middlesbrough

Middlesbrough

basel

Basel

1
SchwarzerMark Schwarzer (GK)
1
ZuberbühlerPascal Zuberbühler (GK) (C)
21
ParnabyStuart Parnaby
32
ZanniReto Zanni
5
RiggottChris Riggott
5
MajstorovicDaniel Majstorovic
6
SouthgateGareth Southgate (C)
30
SmiljanicBoris Smiljanic
3
QueudrueFranck Queudrue
Substitution67
24
BernerBruno Berner
25
MorrisonJames Morrison
Substitution45
21
D. DegenDavid Degen
Yellow Card58
Substitution61
7
BoatengGeorge Boateng
20
DelgadoMatías Delgado
Substitution70
10
RochembackFábio Rochemback
12
BaPapa Malick Ba
19
DowningStewart Downing
10
PetrićMladen Petrić
36
VidukaMark Viduka
Goal33
Goal57
8
SterjovskiMile Sterjovski
Substitution85
20
YakubuAyegbeni Yakubu
Substitution90+1
23
EduardoEduardo
Goal23

Substitutes

22
JonesBrad Jones (GK)
18
CraytonLouis Crayton (GK)
4
EhioguUgo Ehiogu
4
QuennozAlexandre Quennoz
Substitution85
9
HasselbainkJimmy Floyd Hasselbaink
Substitution45
Goal79
11
ChipperfieldScott Chipperfield
Substitution61
17
DorivaDoriva
17
RakitićIvan Rakitić
18
MaccaroneMassimo Maccarone
Substitution67
Goal90
Yellow Card90
22
ErgićIvan Ergić
Substitution70
24
DaviesAndrew Davies
29
BaykalKulaksizoglu Baykal
33
A. TaylorAndrew Taylor
Substitution90+1

Coach

Steve McClaren (ENG) Christian Gross (SUI)

Referee

Iouri Baskakov (RUS)

Assistant referees

Tikhon Kalugin (RUS), Alexey Monahov (RUS)

Fourth official

Igor Zakharov (RUS)

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