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Frei repeats trick to boost Basel bid

Published: Thursday 5 November 2009, 21.45CET
FC Basel 1893 3-1 PFC CSKA Sofia
Alexander Frei struck twice against CSKA for the second game running to strengthen injury-hit Basel's hold on Group E top spot.
by Brian Homewood
from St. Jakob-Park

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Match statistics

BaselCSKA Sofia

Goals scored3
 
1
Attempts on target11
 
10
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners5
 
6
Offsides2
 
0
Fouls committed16
 
15
Yellow cards0
2
Red cards0
 
0

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Published: Thursday 5 November 2009, 21.45CET

Frei repeats trick to boost Basel bid

FC Basel 1893 3-1 PFC CSKA Sofia
Alexander Frei struck twice against CSKA for the second game running to strengthen injury-hit Basel's hold on Group E top spot.

Alexander Frei struck twice against PFC CSKA Sofia for the second game running to earn injury-hit FC Basel 1893 a victory that strengthens their hold on UEFA Europa League Group E.

CSKA adrift
The visitors, who lost 2-0 to two Frei goals in Sofia a fortnight ago, were on top in the first half-hour, but the game changed dramatically in the space of six minutes, with Marcos Gelabert opening the scoring before Frei converted a penalty. Todor Yanchev pulled back one just after the hour only for Frei to strike again shortly afterwards to keep Basel two points clear of AS Roma, whom they visit on 3 December. CSKA are now six adrift of the Giallorossi and need to win at Fulham FC, while hoping the Italian side lose, to have any chance of progress.

First-half goals
Missing goalkeeper Franco Costanzo, defender David Abraham and midfielders Carlitos and Antonio da Silva, Basel were on the back foot early on. But their fortunes changed when Valentin Stockler laid the ball into the path of Gelabert, whose 20-metre shot deflected off Benjamin Huggel on its way into the goal. Shortly afterwards, Frei added the second after being fouled by Aleksander Brankov and converting the penalty himself. Basel then went close to adding a third when Samuel Inkoom brilliantly weaved his way past three players and found Federico Almerares, whose shot was blocked by Zdravko Chavdarov.

Exquisite volley
CSKA came back into the match in the 61st minute when Marquinhos's corner eluded a pack of players and found Yanchev, who controlled the ball on his chest and scored with an exquisite hooked shot. Their revival was short-lived, however, as six minutes later Huggel's long pass was misjudged by the CSKA defence and fell to Frei, who slipped cleverly past Chavdarov and scored into the empty net.

Last updated: 27/11/12 11.07CET

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Lineups

basel

Basel

cska sofia

CSKA Sofia

23
ColombaMassimo Colomba (GK)
1
ChavdarovZdravko Chavdarov (GK)
4
Çağdaş AtanÇağdaş Atan
2
VidanovPavel Vidanov
6
GelabertMarcos Gelabert
Goal35
Substitution64
4
K. StoyanovKostadin Stoyanov
Yellow Card15
8
HuggelBenjamin Huggel (C)
5
YanchevTodor Yanchev (C)
Goal61
11
ChipperfieldScott Chipperfield
7
ManchevVladimir Manchev
Substitution71
13
A. FreiAlexander Frei
Goal41
Goal67
13
BranekovAleksandar Branekov
14
StockerValentin Stocker
Substitution88
24
BáezHugo Báez
15
AlmeraresFederico Almerares
28
MarquinhosMarcos Marquinhos
20
SafariBehrang Safari
Substitution78
32
MorozsViktors Morozs
Yellow Card19
Substitution28
22
InkoomSamuel Inkoom
73
I. StoyanovIvan Stoyanov
24
CabralCabral
77
DelevSpas Delev
Substitution56

Substitutes

18
WesselsStefan Wessels (GK)
27
I. PetrovIvailo Petrov (GK)
9
StrellerMarco Streller
10
Rui MiguelRui Miguel
Substitution71
10
PerovićMarko Perović
Substitution88
20
ManchevNikolay Manchev
Substitution28
17
ShaqiriXherdan Shaqiri
Substitution78
22
MichelMichel
Substitution56
27
AratoreMarco Aratore
Substitution64
29
PaskovBlagoy Paskov
28
FeratiBeg Ferati
36
SandanskiYanko Sandanski
33
Serkan ŞahinSerkan Şahin
37
KolevRosen Kolev

Coach

Thorsten Fink (GER) Luboslav Penev (BUL)

Referee

Oleg Oriekhov (UKR)

Assistant referees

Oleksandr Voytyuk (UKR), Oleg Pluzhnyk (UKR)

Fourth official

Yuriy Moseychuk (UKR)

Additional assistant referees

Andriy Shandor (UKR), Viktor Shvetsov (UKR)

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