Tuesday November 22, 2011 Group Stage: Group C Finished Stadionul National Arena

Otelul Galati 2 - 3 FC Basel

  • Giurgiu 75’
  • Antal 81’
  • Frei 10’
  • Frei 14’
  • Streller 37’

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    Basel keep hopes alive

    Basel squeezed past Champions League Group C whipping boys Otelul Galati with a 3-2 win to keep their slim hopes of qualifying alive. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Otelul Galati
    • FC Basel
    • 90+3' There goes the final whistle. What a crazy game!
    • 90+2' Great chance for Zoua but he fires wide after meeting Streller's cross. Great play by Streller to jink down the left.
    • 90+1' Pena volleys well wide. Basel look to have just about ridden out that little storm.
    • 90' Three minutes have been added on.
    • 89' Still the hosts push forward. Can they grab an unlikely equaliser?
    • 83' Paraschiv comes on for Viglianti, who himself only entered the fray in the second half.
    • 82' Shaqiri is replaced by Zoua.
    • 81' GOAL - it's 3-2! Horrendous defending by Park gifts the ball to Antal who fires home.
    • 75' Giurgiu has got the goal, sidefooting into the roof of the net from just inside the box after Basel had only half-cleared Antal's cross from the byline. Lovely finish by Giurgiu.
    • 75' GOAL! Suddenly it's 3-1 as the hosts pull one back.
    • 74' Alexander Frei is replaced by the veteran Chipperfield.
    • 73' The game certainly seemed over at half-time, but I did expect the hosts to come out and have more of a go in the second period. What have they go to lose?
    • 72' Cabral is booked for hauling Pena to the ground.
    • 67' Second change for the hosts in quick succession. Vigilanti replaces Neagu.
    • 66' Neagu is caught offside.
    • 65' Ilie is on for Iorga.
    • 61' Yellow card for Dragovic after a foul on Rapa.
    • 58' Salageanu's free-kick is beat away by Sommer.
    • 57' "Rock it Basel!" says Haris on Tue 22 Nov 8:04PM.
    • 55' Xhaka's left-footed drive from 20 yards flies five yards wide of Grahovac's left-hand post.
    • 52' Slow start to the second period. Basel will no doubt he happy to sit on their lead.
    • 46' Off we go for the second half.
    • 45' Basel are in complete control without playing particularly well.
    • 45' There's the half-time whistle.
    • 44' Cabral on for Huggel. Can only assume he has an injury.
    • 43' Dreadful defending by Basel almost lets Pena go free but he never looked confident and the danger is cleared.
    • 36' Perendija's attempted clearance hit Streller, who raced clear and slotted the ball past Grahovac. Terrible defending. Surely that's game over?
    • 36' GOAL! It's 3-0 to Basel!
    • 35' Manchester United have pulled level against Benfica in tonight's other Group C fixture.
    • 32' Moments before Neagu had seen a shot deflected onto the roof of the net after a lovely little stepover on the edge of the area.
    • 32' Salageanu goes into the book for catching Shaqiri as Basel looked to break.
    • 26' Giurgiu fires well over from the edge of the box.
    • 24' Curling shot by Shaqiri from 20 yards isn't too far wide.
    • 23' Streller is caught just offside.
    • 21' Antal's cross goes just over the head of Iorga.
    • 19' Offside against Rapa. That's a tight call.
    • 14' Streller got clear down the left and crossed for the unmarked Alexander Frei who sidefooted into an empty net.
    • 14' GOAL! It's 2-0, Alexander Frei slots home!
    • 12' Elsewhere in Group C, Benfica lead 1-0 at Manchester United.
    • 10' The goal came completely against the run of play.
    • 10' Fabian Frei got the goal, latching onto Huggel's knock-down and hitting a half-volley in at the near post. The goalkeeper looked to have it covered but it slipped through his fingers and into the net.
    • 10' GOAL! Horrendous goalkeeping - Basel lead!
    • 8' First effort by Basel, but it's a hugely-ambitious shot by Streller that flies miles over the bar.
    • 4' The ball did pop up off the turf in fairness to Sarghi but it was easier to score.
    • 4' A great chance for the hosts. A free-kick is whipped in by Iorga and finds its way all the way across to Sarghi, who somehow heads over from three yards out.
    • 2' Sloppy start by Basel. They've already given the ball away twice in dangerous areas.
    • 1' The home side get proceedings under way.
    • 19:40 The two teams are in the tunnel and ready to enter the fray on a freezing evening.
    • 19:15 Tonight's referee is Tom Harald Hagen from Norway.
    • 19:15 Subs: Colomba, Schurpf, Chipperfield, Kusunga, Cabral, Kovac, Zoua.
    • 19:15 Basle: Sommer, Park, Dragovic, Huggel, Shaqiri, Abraham, Fabian Frei, Steinhofer, Streller, Alexander Frei, Granit Xhaka.
    • 19:14 Subs: Buchta, Benga, Paraschiv, Frunza, Ilie, Punosevac, Viglianti.
    • 19:14 Just to recap on tonight's teams...Otelul Galati: Grahovac, Sarghi, Giurgiu, Pena, Rapa, Perendija, Filip, Iorga, Antal, Salageanu, Neagu.
    • 18:52 Playing their home ties in Bucharest, 150 miles from their home ground, has perhaps not helped with their 14,000 capacity stadium as well as the lack of a nearby by airport falling foul of Champions League requirements.
    • 18:52 Galati meanwhile are already playing for pride after losing all four of their group games so far. They have won their last five games in Liga 1 but the defending champions are only sixth after a poor start to the campaign.
    • 18:52 The club are only competing in their fourth ever Champions League campaign and have only made it beyond the group stages once - on their first appearance in 2002/03.
    • 18:51 Basel's only win in Europe this season came over Galati in Switzerland back in September, but their domestic form has been strong, and an 11-game unbeaten run has opened up a three-point gap at the top of the Super League table.
    • 18:51 Heiko Vogel's men have already ruffled a few feathers in this year's competition, claiming creditable draws away to both Benfica and United.
    • 18:50 The Swiss outfit are third in Group C with five points - three behind both Benfica and Manchester United, who meet at Old Trafford.
    • 18:50 FC Basel look to keep their slim hopes of qualifying from the group stages of the Champions League alive against pointless Otelul Galati in Group C.
  • Summary

    • 90+2' Great chance for Zoua but he fires wide after meeting Streller's cross. Great play by Streller to jink down the left.
    • 81' GOAL - it's 3-2! Horrendous defending by Park gifts the ball to Antal who fires home.
    • 75' GOAL! Suddenly it's 3-1 as the hosts pull one back.
    • 36' GOAL! It's 3-0 to Basel!
    • 14' GOAL! It's 2-0, Alexander Frei slots home!
    • 10' GOAL! Horrendous goalkeeping - Basel lead!
    • 4' A great chance for the hosts. A free-kick is whipped in by Iorga and finds its way all the way across to Sarghi, who somehow heads over from three yards out.
    • 19:15 Basle: Sommer, Park, Dragovic, Huggel, Shaqiri, Abraham, Fabian Frei, Steinhofer, Streller, Alexander Frei, Granit Xhaka.
    • 19:14 Just to recap on tonight's teams...Otelul Galati: Grahovac, Sarghi, Giurgiu, Pena, Rapa, Perendija, Filip, Iorga, Antal, Salageanu, Neagu.

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  • Otelul Galati

    Manager: Dorinel Munteanu

  • FC Basel

    Manager: Heiko Vogel

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