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Murphy makes profligate Basel pay

Published: Friday 2 October 2009, 0.41CET
Fulham FC 1-0 FC Basel 1893
Danny Murphy hit the only goal as Fulham made the Swiss visitors pay for missed chances with a win that sends them top of Group E.
by Simon Hart
from Craven Cottage

Match statistics

FulhamBasel

Goals scored1
 
0
Attempts on target8
 
12
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners3
 
8
Offsides4
 
2
Fouls committed17
 
13
Yellow cards2
 
1
Red cards0
 
0

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Published: Friday 2 October 2009, 0.41CET

Murphy makes profligate Basel pay

Fulham FC 1-0 FC Basel 1893
Danny Murphy hit the only goal as Fulham made the Swiss visitors pay for missed chances with a win that sends them top of Group E.

Fulham FC captain Danny Murphy scored the only goal as Roy Hodgson's side beat FC Basel 1893 to climb to the top of Group E. Murphy struck with a low drive in the 57th minute as Fulham shrugged off a sluggish first-half display and left Basel ruing the chances they missed when in control before the break.

Doubly sweet
Fulham now have four points at their group summit, one clear of both Basel and AS Roma. For Murphy, his decisive strike may have been even sweeter for the fact he was in the Liverpool FC team eliminated from the UEFA Champions League group stage by Basel in 2002 – this despite a goal from the midfielder.

Basel on top
A Fulham victory did not seem likely at half-time when they were lucky to still be level. Basel had not won in six previous visits to England but they arrived on a good run of form with five consecutive wins behind them – including a Matchday 1 success against Roma. They gave their noisy followers packed in a corner of the Johnny Haynes Stand hope of an early breakthrough in the 13th minute when Behrang Safari beat Stephen Kelly wide on the touchline and fed Alexander Frei but the striker dragged his shot wide.

Huggel misses
Benjamin Huggel hooked a half-volley just over in the 20th minute and the midfielder was guilty of a glaring miss four minutes later, blazing over after Marco Streller's headed flick had left him with only Mark Schwarzer to beat. Fulham, defeated in their last three domestic outings, were struggling to find any fluency with their only threat coming from striker Andrew Johnson. He drove a shot on the run narrowly wide and, moments before the break, gave the visitors a scare when latching on to a poor defensive header by David Abraham only to lose his footing in front of goalkeeper Franco Costanzo.

Breakthrough
Whatever Hodgson said at the interval evidently worked as Fulham upped the tempo and after Clint Dempsey had shot narrowly wide, skipper Murphy made the breakthrough. Johnson cut the ball back from the byline and Murphy delivered a fine first-time finish from the edge of the box, sending the ball low into the far corner. Basel pushed for an equaliser but Streller turned Valentin Stocker's low cross high over the bar and Schwarzer smothered Scott Chipperfield's injury-time shot to seal a frustrating night for the visitors.

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Lineups

fulham

Fulham

basel

Basel

1
SchwarzerMark Schwarzer (GK)
1
CostanzoFranco Costanzo (GK) (C)
2
KellyStephen Kelly
4
Çağdaş AtanÇağdaş Atan
3
KoncheskyPaul Konchesky
6
GelabertMarcos Gelabert
Substitution86
6
BairdChris Baird
Yellow Card85
8
HuggelBenjamin Huggel
8
JohnsonAndrew Johnson
9
StrellerMarco Streller
13
MurphyDanny Murphy (C)
Goal57
13
A. FreiAlexander Frei
17
Bjørn Helge RiiseBjørn Helge Riise
14
StockerValentin Stocker
23
DempseyClint Dempsey
19
AbrahamDavid Abraham
Substitution69
25
ZamoraBobby Zamora
20
SafariBehrang Safari
26
SmallingChris Smalling
30
CarlitosCarlitos
Substitution82
27
GreeningJonathan Greening
Yellow Card63
33
Serkan ŞahinSerkan Şahin

Substitutes

4
PantsilJohn Pantsil
23
ColombaMassimo Colomba (GK)
10
NevlandErik Nevland
11
ChipperfieldScott Chipperfield
Substitution86
11
GeraZoltán Gera
15
AlmeraresFederico Almerares
Substitution82
Yellow Card85
15
KamaraDiomansy Kamara
17
ShaqiriXherdan Shaqiri
18
HughesAaron Hughes
24
CabralCabral
31
SaundersMatthew Saunders
25
Da SilvaAntônio da Silva
Substitution69
36
AndersonJoe Anderson
28
FeratiBeg Ferati

Coach

Roy Hodgson (ENG) Thorsten Fink (GER)

Referee

Michael Weiner (GER)

Assistant referees

Christoph Bornhorst (GER), Tobias Welz (GER)

Fourth official

Helmut Fleischer (GER)

Additional assistant referees

Babak Rafati (GER), Peter Gagelmann (GER)

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  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
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