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Obstinate Basel stifle Maccabi

Published: Thursday 20 February 2014, 23.00CET
Maccabi Tel-Aviv FC 0-0 FC Basel 1893
The hosts found dismantling the defiant Swiss champions to be an impossible task – but a score draw will suffice in the return leg.
Obstinate Basel stifle Maccabi
Despite their enterprise in attack, Maccabi found no way past Basel ©AFP/Getty Images
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Published: Thursday 20 February 2014, 23.00CET

Obstinate Basel stifle Maccabi

Maccabi Tel-Aviv FC 0-0 FC Basel 1893
The hosts found dismantling the defiant Swiss champions to be an impossible task – but a score draw will suffice in the return leg.

There was nothing to separate Maccabi Tel-Aviv FC and FC Basel 1893 as the first leg of their UEFA Europa League round of 32 tie finished goalless.

Opportunities were few and far between in a match that never really found its rhythm. Maccabi got off to an electric start and worked better openings overall, but found dismantling a defiant Basel to be an impossible task.

Barak Itzhaki forced a routine low save from Yann Sommer early on, though it was the invention rather than the execution of the chance that caught the eye. Itzhaki laid the ball off with his chest for Maharan Radi, who surged on and supplied an inviting return pass. Basel wasted the half's only other real opportunity as Gastón Sauro battled well to get to a deep delivery but headed straight at a grateful Juan Pablo.

After a similarly sedentary opening to the second period, visiting substitute Fabian Frei came close to breaking the deadlock, albeit unintentionally. His curling free-kick cross evaded everyone in the crowded penalty area and narrowly failed to nestle in the bottom corner.

The Israeli outfit attempted to grab the contest by the scruff of the neck in the final stages. The desperate dive of Behrang Safari prevented Eran Zahavi burying a miscued clearance, and moments later Sommer's reflexes matched the forward's redirection of an ambitious Radi effort.

The Basel defence were all hands to the pump as Maccabi came at them in waves in the embers of the game, and timely interceptions and brave blocks ensured the Swiss champions weathered the storm.

Last updated: 22/02/14 0.03CET

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Lineups

m. tel-aviv

M. Tel-Aviv

basel

Basel

25
Juan PabloJuan Pablo (GK)
1
SommerYann Sommer (GK) (C)
4
Ben HarushOmri Ben Harush
4
P. DegenPhilipp Degen
6
AlbermanGal Alberman
Substitution82
5
Ar. AjetiArlind Ajeti
Yellow Card65
7
ZahaviEran Zahavi
8
Serey DieGeoffroy Serey Die
Substitution84
9
RadiMaharan Radi
10
DelgadoMatías Delgado
Substitution63
10
ItzhakiBarak Itzhaki
19
SafariBehrang Safari
15
MikhaDor Mikha
Yellow Card67
25
SuchýMarek Suchý
18
TibiEytan Tibi
26
SauroGastón Sauro
Yellow Card16
21
YeiniSheran Yeini (C)
30
SioGiovanni Sio
Substitution79
24
MitrovićNikola Mitrović
Substitution58
33
Elneny Mohamed Elneny
31
Carlos GarcíaCarlos García
Yellow Card20
34
XhakaTaulant Xhaka

Substitutes

1
LeviBarak Levi (GK)
18
VailatiGermano Vailati (GK)
11
Ben Haim IITal Ben Haim II
7
D. DegenDavid Degen
14
ZivYoav Ziv
14
StockerValentin Stocker
Substitution79
17
EinbinderDaniel Einbinder
Substitution82
Yellow Card90+1
15
VoserKay Voser
22
PricaRade Prica
Substitution58
20
F. FreiFabian Frei
Substitution63
26
MarevalRemi Mareval
21
DíazMarcelo Díaz
Substitution84
29
AltmanOmri Altman
37
DünkiSimon Dünki

Coach

Paulo Sousa (POR) Murat Yakin (SUI)

Referee

David Fernández Borbalán (ESP)

Assistant referees

Raúl Cabanero Martínez (ESP), José Miranda (ESP)

Fourth official

Roberto Alonso (ESP)

Additional assistant referees

Fernando Teixeira (ESP), Carlos Del Cerro (ESP)

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