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Frei double fires Basel to summit

Published: Friday 23 October 2009, 0.50CET
PFC CSKA Sofia 0-2 FC Basel 1983
A goal in each half from striker Alexander Frei propelled the Swiss Super League club to the top of Group E.
Frei double fires Basel to summit
Basel striker Alexander Frei celebrates his first goal against CSKA Sofia ©Getty Images

Match statistics

CSKA SofiaBasel

Goals scored0
2
Attempts on target6
 
12
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners4
 
5
Offsides2
 
6
Fouls committed14
 
15
Yellow cards2
 
1
Red cards0
 
0

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Published: Friday 23 October 2009, 0.50CET

Frei double fires Basel to summit

PFC CSKA Sofia 0-2 FC Basel 1983
A goal in each half from striker Alexander Frei propelled the Swiss Super League club to the top of Group E.

Alexander Frei scored in each half to steer FC Basel 1893 to a comfortable win over PFC CSKA Sofia that sent the Swiss club to the top of Group E.

Streak over
The deserved victory over a lacklustre CSKA left them on six points, one ahead of Fulham FC and two clear of AS Roma, while CSKA are five adrift. It also ended CSKA's unbeaten run of nine home games in European competition, dating back to a 1-0 defeat by Hamburger SV in October 2005.

Frei strikes
Looking dangerous whenever they pushed forward, Basel took a 20th-minute lead when Marco Streller allowed a long ball to bounce past him for Frei to chest down and steer past the advancing Ivan Karadzhov. The Switzerland striker was a constant menace and could have had a second when he burst through in the 39th minute, leaving two defenders in his wake, but could only drill his shot wide of the post.

Late chance
The hosts conjured up little at the other end, with their best chance falling to Marquinhos just before the break. Striker Yordan Todorov got behind the Swiss side's defence but his cutback was met by a first-time shot from the Brazilian midfielder which ballooned over the bar.

Points secure
Basel kept up the momentum after the break and only a last-ditch tackle by substitute Aleksandar Branekov denied Frei just before the hour mark as he waited to pull the trigger with the ball dropping. Frei's second was simply being postponed, though, as he rose to meet Carlitos's cross from the right with a header in the 63rd minute. Karadzhov got the better of another Frei effort in a goalmouth melee but then rode his luck in the closing stages when Behrang Safari was teed up by replacement Federico Almerares but fired over.

Last updated: 23/10/09 1.06CET

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Lineups

cska sofia

CSKA Sofia

basel

Basel

12
KaradzhovIvan Karadzhov (GK)
23
ColombaMassimo Colomba (GK)
2
VidanovPavel Vidanov
4
Çağdaş AtanÇağdaş Atan
5
YanchevTodor Yanchev (C)
8
HuggelBenjamin Huggel (C)
6
KotevKiril Kotev
Substitution46
9
StrellerMarco Streller
Substitution86
15
IvanovIvan Ivanov
13
A. FreiAlexander Frei
Goal20
Goal63
Substitution81
21
Yanev Kosta Yanev
14
StockerValentin Stocker
22
MichelMichel
19
AbrahamDavid Abraham
28
MarquinhosMarcos Marquinhos
Substitution65
20
SafariBehrang Safari
Yellow Card34
30
Y. TodorovYordan Todorov
Yellow Card67
22
InkoomSamuel Inkoom
52
MinevYordan Minev
25
Da SilvaAntônio da Silva
73
I. StoyanovIvan Stoyanov
Substitution55
30
CarlitosCarlitos
Substitution88

Substitutes

27
I. PetrovIvailo Petrov (GK)
35
KlausOliver Klaus (GK)
7
ManchevVladimir Manchev
Substitution65
15
AlmeraresFederico Almerares
Substitution86
8
TimonovTodor Timonov
17
ShaqiriXherdan Shaqiri
Substitution88
10
Rui MiguelRui Miguel
Substitution55
24
CabralCabral
Substitution81
13
BranekovAleksandar Branekov
Substitution46
Yellow Card70
26
UnalDaniel Unal
14
Sve. PetrovSvetoslav Petrov
32
ZanniReto Zanni
77
DelevSpas Delev
33
Serkan ŞahinSerkan Şahin

Coach

Luboslav Penev (BUL) Thorsten Fink (GER)

Referee

Manuel De Sousa (POR)

Assistant referees

Serafim Baia Nogueira (POR), Alfredo Braga (POR)

Fourth official

Elmano Carlos Ferandes Santos (POR)

Additional assistant referees

Paulo Manuel Gomes Costa (POR), Cosme Machado (POR)

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