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Streller goal gives Basel winning start

Published: Thursday 25 October 2007, 23.30CET
FC Basel 1893 1-0 Stade Rennais FC A second-half header by Marco Streller gave Basel a winning start in Group D and maintained a fine home record.

Match statistics

BaselRennes

Goals scored1
 
0
Attempts on target5
 
3
Attempts off target4
 
2
Corners9
 
3
Offsides3
 
4
Fouls committed11
 
14
Yellow cards0
2
Red cards0
 
0

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Published: Thursday 25 October 2007, 23.30CET

Streller goal gives Basel winning start

FC Basel 1893 1-0 Stade Rennais FC A second-half header by Marco Streller gave Basel a winning start in Group D and maintained a fine home record.

FC Basel 1893 maintained an impressive record at St. Jakob-Park as Marco Streller's second-half header extended their home unbeaten run in the UEFA Cup to 12 games and gave them the perfect start in Group D.

Impressive form
The Swiss outfit had gone into their meeting with Stade Rennais FC full of confidence after an 8-1 aggregate victory against FK Sarajevo in the previous round and they continued that form on Matchday 1 as Streller, who registered twice in that impressive first-round win, scored the only goal ten minutes into the second half.

Bright start
Basel started well and almost worked an early advantage when Ivan Ergić's fierce free-kick was tipped around the post by Rennes goalkeeper Patrice Luzi. Rennes were second best, but gradually began to work their way into the game with Franco Costanzo having to move quickly to save Sylvain Marveaux's effort on 27 minutes, before watching Bruno Cheyrou's powerful shot sail over the bar three minutes later.

Basel pressure
Basel ended the first half as they had begun it, however, as Scott Chipperfield hit a long-range shot that was well caught by Luzi before, minutes later, Felipe Caicedo fired an effort narrowly wide of the left-hand post. Rennes again worked Costanzo just after the restart, but the goalkeeper was more than equal to Jimmy Briand's strike.

Streller header
The decisive moment came moments later as Streller rose above the Rennes defence to head in Chipperfield's corner. Caicedo almost doubled Basel's lead seconds later with a wonderful shot from distance that flew narrowly wide. Having survived that Rennes pressed for an equaliser but the closest they came was a shot by Mickaël Pagis that drifted well wide as Basel reached their dozen.

Last updated: 26/10/07 0.28CET

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