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Basel bruise Zenit with late double

Published: Thursday 7 March 2013, 23.18CET
FC Basel 1893 2-0 FC Zenit St Petersburg
The 2008 winners have work to do after late goals from Marcelo Díaz and Alexander Frei gave the Swiss champions a two-goal first-leg lead.
by Martyn Hindley
from St. Jakob-Park

Match statistics

BaselZenit

Goals scored2
 
0
Attempts on target10
 
2
Attempts off target9
 
6
Corners4
 
4
Offsides5
 
0
Fouls committed13
 
15
Yellow cards3
 
1
Red Cards0
1

Standings

 
Published: Thursday 7 March 2013, 23.18CET

Basel bruise Zenit with late double

FC Basel 1893 2-0 FC Zenit St Petersburg
The 2008 winners have work to do after late goals from Marcelo Díaz and Alexander Frei gave the Swiss champions a two-goal first-leg lead.

FC Basel 1893 were rewarded for their patience at St. Jakob-Park, biding their time to earn a notable victory against FC Zenit St Petersburg in a fascinating UEFA Europa League round of 16 tie.

The hosts were a danger thanks to their pace during a lively start and just as it seemed the opportunities were drying up on the night, Marcelo Díaz and Alexander Frei struck to open up a notable advantage ahead of the second leg in Russia, which Luís Neto will miss after his late red card.

Murat Yakin's team started at a high tempo, particularly Serey Die, whose slaloming run was only halted by Vyacheslav Malafeev's smothering save. Mohamed Salah was also impressive, going close with a full-blooded drive from 15 metres and then firing a volley narrowly off-target.

In Malafeev, Roman Shirokov and Igor Denisov, Zenit boasted three members of their 2008 UEFA Cup final starting lineup, and their experience showed in finding a pathway into the game. Diving in at the back post to meet a Nicolas Lombaerts glancing header, Shirokov came closest to registering an away goal before the interval, while Danny threatened at the start of the second half with an effort deflected behind.

As Zenit became more assured, Hulk's involvement in the game blossomed. From his delightfully deft touch, Shirokov was sent clear, but Yann Sommer in the Basel goal rushed out to quell the danger.

Then came the twist provided by Díaz seven minutes from time, the Chilean midfielder pouncing after Malafeev had spilled a shot from Salah. Luís Neto subsequently brought down the Egyptian in the penalty area in added time, seeing red and allowing Frei to double the advantage to leave the Russian champions with a sizeable task in the second leg.

Last updated: 25/09/14 4.02CET

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Lineups

basel

Basel

zenit

Zenit

1
SommerYann Sommer (GK) (C)
16
MalafeevVyacheslav Malafeev (GK)
3
Park Joo HoPark Joo Ho
6
LombaertsNicolas Lombaerts
4
P. DegenPhilipp Degen
Yellow Card30
10
DannyDanny
Substitution82
6
DragovicAleksandar Dragovic
13
Luís NetoLuís Neto
Red Card90+3
7
D. DegenDavid Degen
Substitution62
14
HubočanTomáš Hubočan
8
Serey DieGeoffroy Serey Die
Yellow Card53
Substitution69
15
ShirokovRoman Shirokov (C)
16
SchärFabian Schär
21
RodićMilan Rodić
21
DíazMarcelo Díaz
Yellow Card72
Goal83
25
SemakSergei Semak
Substitution46
22
SalahMohamed Salah
27
DenisovIgor Denisov
24
CabralCabral
28
WitselAxel Witsel
Yellow Card19
31
ZouaJacques Zoua
Substitution79
29
HulkHulk

Substitutes

18
VailatiGermano Vailati (GK)
30
ZhevnovYuri Zhevnov (GK)
13
A. FreiAlexander Frei
Substitution79
Goal90+4
3
Bruno AlvesBruno Alves
14
StockerValentin Stocker
9
BukharovAleksandr Bukharov
15
VoserKay Voser
11
KerzhakovAleksandr Kerzhakov
Substitution82
26
SauroGastón Sauro
20
FayzulinViktor Fayzulin
Substitution46
27
SteinhöferMarkus Steinhöfer
Substitution62
24
LukovićAleksandar Luković
33
Elneny Mohamed Elneny
Substitution69
34
BystrovVladimir Bystrov

Coach

Murat Yakin (SUI) Luciano Spalletti (ITA)

Referee

Daniele Orsato (ITA)

Assistant referees

Mauro Tonolini (ITA), Nicola Nicoletti (ITA)

Fourth official

Alessandro Giallatini (ITA)

Additional assistant referees

Paolo Valeri (ITA), Andrea Gervasoni (ITA)

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