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Basel put brakes on Salzburg

Published: Thursday 13 March 2014, 21.00CET
FC Basel 1893 0-0 FC Salzburg
The visitors were denied a victory for the first time in this season's UEFA Europa League in a round of 16 opener of few chances.
by Martyn Hindley
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Published: Thursday 13 March 2014, 21.00CET

Basel put brakes on Salzburg

FC Basel 1893 0-0 FC Salzburg
The visitors were denied a victory for the first time in this season's UEFA Europa League in a round of 16 opener of few chances.

FC Salzburg maintained their unbeaten run but have work to do to advance after a tense UEFA Europa League round of 16 first leg ended goalless against FC Basel 1893 in Switzerland.

The visitors appeared more likely to break the deadlock but were met by the steely resistance of last year's semi-finalists who, driven on by the desire of midfielder Serey Die, did enough to take a goalless draw back to Austria next week following a match of few chances. 

Roger Schmidt's side began proceedings high on confidence, taking control of midfield. They also forced an exceptional early save from Yann Sommer when Stefan Ilsanker's wicked free-kick evaded a cluster of players and seemed destined for the far corner. Sommer was by far the busier of the goalkeepers, twice repelling Kevin Kampl and also having to deal with a headed attempt from the tricky Sadio Mané.

Early on, the hosts were limited to counterattacks, from which Matías Delgado lofted an effort over from 15 metres. However, as the first period progressed, Murat Yakin's team became equal stakeholders in the contest. After good work from Philipp Degen, Giovanni Sio's angled header drifted over and optimism filtered through St. Jakob-Park when Valentin Stocker created an opening with clever positioning and footwork, only to be denied by Péter Gulácsi.

Both sides were happy to keep the play compact in the second half, restricting the regularity of opportunities at either end. Salzburg pressed out wide down each channel but were frustrated by Basel's discipline and resilience. Indeed, such virtues looked like bringing a reward for the Swiss outfit, only for Gulácsi to twice keep out low drives from Die, who earned a standing ovation for his contribution.

The midfielder had collected a booking in the 14th minute that rules him out of the second leg but gave a dedicated and stirring display thereafter. Still, the runaway Austrian Bundesliga leaders were keen to have the last word, with substitute Valon Berisha testing Sommer soon after coming on but there was to be no breakthrough.

Last updated: 07/10/14 2.36CET

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Lineups

basel

Basel

salzburg

Salzburg

1
SommerYann Sommer (GK)
31
GulácsiPéter Gulácsi (GK)
4
P. DegenPhilipp Degen
Yellow Card84
5
André RamalhoAndré Ramalho
5
Ar. AjetiArlind Ajeti
6
SchweglerChristian Schwegler
Substitution46
7
D. DegenDavid Degen
10
ManéSadio Mané
Yellow Card20
8
Serey DieGeoffroy Serey Die
Yellow Card14
Substitution90
13
IlsankerStefan Ilsanker
10
DelgadoMatías Delgado
Substitution71
18
ŠventoDušan Švento
14
StockerValentin Stocker (C)
23
ŽuljRobert Žulj
Substitution85
20
F. FreiFabian Frei
24
LeitgebChristoph Leitgeb
25
SuchýMarek Suchý
26
Jonatan SorianoJonatan Soriano (C)
26
SauroGastón Sauro
36
HintereggerMartin Hinteregger
Yellow Card14
30
SioGiovanni Sio
Yellow Card23
Substitution90+2
44
KamplKevin Kampl
Substitution90+1

Substitutes

18
VailatiGermano Vailati (GK)
33
WalkeAlexander Walke (GK)
27
AlijiNaser Aliji
8
KleinFlorian Klein
Substitution46
Yellow Card70
32
SeferagićAdmir Seferagić
11
MeilingerMarco Meilinger
33
Elneny Mohamed Elneny
Substitution71
14
Valon BerishaValon Berisha
Substitution85
36
EmboloBreel Embolo
Substitution90
22
HierländerStefan Hierländer
37
DünkiSimon Dünki
29
RodneiRodnei
38
Al. AjetiAlbian Ajeti
Substitution90+2
37
LazaroValentino Lazaro
Substitution90+1

Coach

Murat Yakin (SUI) Roger Schmidt (GER)

Referee

Ovidiu Haţegan (ROU)

Assistant referees

Octavian Șovre (ROU), Sebastian Gheorghe (ROU)

Fourth official

Radu Ghinguleac (ROU)

Additional assistant referees

Alexandru Tudor (ROU), Sebastian Colţescu (ROU)

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