Wednesday September 15, 2010 Group Stage: Group E Finished Stadionul Dr. Constantin Radulescu

CFR 1907 Cluj 2 - 1 FC Basel

  • Rada 9’
  • Traoré 12’
  • Stocker 45’

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  1. CFR Cluj edge Basel

    CFR Cluj edge Basel

    CFR Cluj recorded a narrow 2-1 victory over FC Basel in an entertaining Champions League contest at Stadionul Dr Constantin Radulescu. More

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    Time:90'
    • CFR 1907 Cluj
    • FC Basel
    • '90+4 Full time. Cluj secure a well-earned three points!
    • '90+3 Abraham blocks off Culio as he looks to break. That might be enough for Cluj...
    • '90+2 Two minutes to go, will there be a fourth goal?
    • '90+1 Rada booked for preventing Streller from taking a quick free kick.
    • 90 Four minutes added time for Basel to find a goal...
    • '89 After more trouble with the Cluj wall Frei eventually hits his shot straight into the wall. Shaqiri then launches a long ball into the box which Claro claims expertly.
    • '87 Cluj are holding firm, but it's a Basel free kick 20 yards from goal as Kone brings down Huggel...
    • '86 Foul by Huggel on De Zerbi and the pressure is lifted from Cluj, for now.
    • '85 Every time Basel put the ball into the box, a Cluj head gets the ball away. Inkoom puts a clever low cross in from the right and Claro gets a strong fist on the ball under pressure from Frei.
    • '84 From the free kick the referee penalises Frei for a foul, free kick Cluj.
    • '83 Corner Basel, Tembo tackled...
    • '82 Emmanuel Kone has injected some added energy into the Cluj attack. His forrays down the right waste vital time, and his eventual cross is cleared.
    • '81 Basel are still struggling to create chances, fantastic defending so far from the home team. Can they hang on?
    • '80 Ten minutes to go, Basel are running out of time...
    • '79 Cluj edging ever closer to a second winning start in their second Champions League campaign...
    • '78 Lacina Traore replaced by Ferdinando Sforzini.
    • '77 From the free kick Inkoom eventually clips a fantastic ball into the box, and Claro is forced into a smart save to deny Chipperfield. The resulting corner is cleared by the sturdy Cluj defence.
    • '76 A rough challenge from Muresan on Frei, free kick 45 yards from goal.
    • '75 Traore is down after a heavy challenge from Abraham, Cluj free kick.
    • '74 A fantastic deep cross from the left is flicked off Streller's forehead, he surely would have scored from that.
    • '73 Basel bring on Fwayo Tembo for Behrang Safari and Scott Chipperfield for Valentin Stocker.
    • '72 The corner is flicked on at the near post, and after some hesitant defending Cluj clear. Stocker eventually commits a silly foul on Culio.
    • '71 They will have a chance from this corner on the right...
    • '70 Twenty minutes to go, can Basel find an equaliser?
    • '69 Cluj waste a great chance on the break! Culio finds himself through on Costanzo, but the Basel defenders manage to get back and deny him a shot at goal. From the loose ball, Traore is wasteful in possession and the opportunity passes.
    • '68 An audacious attempt from Shaqiri, who attempts a bicycle kick from a deep cross. Basel need to get him involved in the game more.
    • '67 Both sides are struggling to create chances here, a credit to the two defences, are source of frustration for the viewers!
    • '66 Traore finds himself one-on-one with the defender, and despite having blistering pace, his ability in possession can be questionable, and eventually he loses the ball after some patient defending from Atan.
    • '65 Neat passing from Basel, eventually attempting to free Shaqiri, but Claro is out well again.
    • '64 Despite the game being open and entertaining, neither goalkeeper has had too much to do. As I type, Claro is out quickly to collect the ball from the feet of Frei.
    • '63 The home side are allowing Basel to have all the possession, they could do with relieving the pressure on their defence for a while.
    • '62 After absorbing the pressure, Cluj launch a counter attack. Traore sprints forward with De Zerbi for company, he finds the Italian, who is forced too wide and eventually the attack fizzles out.
    • '61 Cluj are starting to sit very deep now, inviting pressure onto them and Basel are taking control of the game...
    • '60 The corner is taken short to Yapi Yapo, who fires a weak shot wide of the goal. Another wasted set piece!
    • '59 Basel earn another corner, can they score from one of these set pieces?
    • '58 Basel have another corner which Traore heads clear. This is a lot better from the away team.
    • '56 Basel clear the corner and launch an attack. Claro attempts to collect a cross under pressure from Stocker, spilling the ball to the feet of Streller. With the keeper out of goal, Streller tries his luck and is denied a goal by the face of Muresan, who inadvertedly clears.
    • '55 Muresan's curling effort hits the wall and it's a corner...
    • '54 Yellow card for Streller and a promising set piece for Cluj after a cynical hack on Traore.
    • '52 Rafael Bastos and Ioan Hora replaced by Roberto De Zerbi and Emmanuel Kone.
    • '51 Bastos plays in a deep cross, after a minor scramble Basel eventually clear their lines.
    • '51 Cluj free kick. Can they restore their two-goal cushion?
    • '50 Shaqiri tries to get to the byline before he is tackled, he expects a corner but the referee awards a goal kick.
    • '49 Smart goalkeeping from Claro, reacting quickly to gather Streller's through ball for Frei.
    • '48 Lacine Traore stretching his legs again, this time he is stopped by some impressive Basel defending.
    • '47 Cluj are making a mockery of their poor domestic form so far this season, they have been really impressive tonight.
    • '46 Can Basel complete their comeback in the second half? That Stocker goal will have given them a real lift.
    • '45 Basel concede possession straight from kick off and Traore powers towards goal. After shrugging off two defender, Constanzo comes out to halt the strikers' run.
    • '45 Basel start the second half.
    • '45+2 Half time and it's all to play for now! Cluj 2-1 Basel at the break.
    • '45+2 Basel are back in it! Frei delieverd an outswinging corner into the near post, and Stocker guided it past Claro, game on!
    • '45+1 Yet again Basel enjoying plenty of possession, Inkoom eventually forcing a corner from his cross.
    • '45 Two minutes added time.
    • '45 Frei clips the ball over the wall...and over the bar. Goal kick.
    • '44 A lot of fuss in the Cluj wall. The referee marching them back the full ten yards.
    • '43 Frei's cross is a good one, punched clear by Claro. Streller is brought down on the edge of the area and it's another set-piece to defend...
    • '42 Cadu fouls Stocker on the left, a dangerous set piece...
    • '41 Another offside, this time against Culio.
    • '41 Cluj throw as they advance into the Basel half for the first time in a while.
    • '40 There aren't too many fans at the Dr. Constantin Radulescu Stadium, but the majority of them will be happy with what they've seen so far.
    • '39 Another offside against Basel from the set-piece, what a waste.
    • '38 Shaqiri is blocked by Rada as he looks to start an attack, free kick.
    • '37 These two side have never met before, and at this rate Basel will not be looking forward to the return fixture.
    • '36 A long, sustained spell of possession for Basel, but it's all in front of the Cluj defence. Everytime Basel have attacked, it has been defended excellently by Cadu and Rada.
    • '35 Excellent play between Shaqiri and Inkoom, the Ghana man whipping in a cross for Benjamin Huggel, who forces Claro into his first save of the match. The resulting corner comes to nothing as the Cluj defence continue their impressive form.
    • '34 Can Basel threaten Claro's goal? Striking back before half time is essential for the Swiss side.
    • '33 The home side are happy to let Basel have all the possession they want, there has been no penetration or threat from the visitors.
    • '32 Basel are yet to register a shot on target, Cluj's quick start has really shaken their belief.
    • '31 Cluj are looking really comfortable as we pass the half hour mark, Basel look completely lost.
    • '30 Muresan with an absolutely awful effort, I'd be suprised if that one stayed in the ground.
    • '29 Culio is tripped and Cluj have a dangerous looking free kick...
    • '28 The corner is wasted by Basel, with Shaqiri eventually taking matters into his own hands and lashing a wild right-footed volley high and wide.
    • '27 Corner for Basel as Shaqiri's through ball is headed behind.
    • '26 Alexander Frei looks to be away down the right-hand side, the flag is raised again and the Cluj offside trap is working a charm.
    • '25 Cristian Panin is carded for a late challenge of Marco Streller, who limps off for treatment.
    • '23 A harmless looking cross from Streller somehow makes it's way across the penalty area, eventually being pumped clear.
    • '22 In their last Champions League campaign Cluj started with a win over Roma, and they will be confident of repeating the feat after their start tonight.
    • '21 Our first glimpse of the promising Shaqiri, his quick turn and shot on the edge of the box flashing wide of the post.
    • '20 Another opening for Cluj. Hora found his centre midfield partner with an excellent lofted throughball, tt was just too high and Muresan couldn't bring the ball under control.
    • '19 Huggel spots Streller making a run through the centre, once again the flag is raised.
    • '18 Sorin Cartu couldn't have wished for a better start to his reign at Cluj, the chairman's decision is looking justified.
    • '17 The corner is headed clear at the near post, Basel need to wake up otherwise this game could get away from them.
    • '17 Another Cluj corner after some very neat play between Bastos and Traore.
    • '16 Basel couldn't have wished for a worse start, after seeing most of the ball early on, they now look very vulnerable.
    • '15 It's Bastos who takes the corner in the end, but a foul is given and it's a Basel free kick.
    • '14 Two assists already for Culio. He'll have another chance to put the ball across from this corner...
    • '12 A second for Cluj! The home side launched a quick counter attack, with Culio being played through. He outmuscled Abraham before clipping across a pin-point cross for Traore to double the lead! What a start!
    • '12 The near-post corner is headed clear for a throw in.
    • '11 Almost an immediate reply from Basel! Streller weaving his way to the byline before cutting the ball back, luckily for Cluj a defender gets there first to clear for a corner!
    • '10 Basel will be shocked after making a reasonably assured start. What have they got in reply?
    • '8 Cluj open the scoring! From a Culio corner Rada rises highest to power home the opening goal! What a start for the Romanians!
    • '8 The free kick results in another Cluj corner...
    • '7 Another set-piece for Clug as Dica is elbowed by Huggel. The Basel man is lucky to escape a booking.
    • '6 A high, hanging ball is put into the box, but Basel deal with the danger and head clear.
    • '6 First corner of the game goes to Cluj, what can they do with it?
    • '4 First real attack for Cluj, with Muresan attempting to feed Bastos, only for the flag halts their progress.
    • '3 An early set piece for the Swiss side as they try and put pressure on the home team. The delivery is decent but headed away.
    • '2 Basel starting positively, Benjamin Huggel attacking down the right before crossing low into the centre only for Rada to hoof clear.
    • '1 Fantastic play from Marco Streller early on. He collects a through ball before executing a fantastic turn and trying to release Frei, however Basel are denied by the offside flag.
    • '0 Cluj get us underway.
    • The teams are out, almost time to get this one started.
    • At the start of the 2008/09 Champions League, Basel managed an impressive draw away to eventual winners Barcelona, the Swiss side will be confident of getting a result in Romania tonight.
    • The big news in the build up to this match was Cluj's decision to replace coach Andrea Mandorlini on Monday, new boss Sorin Cartu couldn't wish for a bigger stage on which to make his bow.
    • Tonight's contest is the first ever between these two sides, a win here and one of these clubs might pip Bayern Munich or Roma to a place in the knockout stages.
    • It might not be the most star-studded of tonight's Champions League fixture, but both Cluj and Basel will see this as an excellent chance of grabbing an early three points.
    • 19:00 The teams are in: CFR Cluj-Napoca: Nuno Claro, Panin, Cadu, Hugo Alcantara, Rada, Culio, Hora, Muresan, Dica, Traore, Bastos. Basel: Costanzo, Inkoom, Abraham, Atan, Safari, Shaqiri, Huggel, Yapi Yapo, Stocker, Streller, Frei
  • Summary

    • '45+2 Basel are back in it! Frei delieverd an outswinging corner into the near post, and Stocker guided it past Claro, game on!
    • '12 A second for Cluj! The home side launched a quick counter attack, with Culio being played through. He outmuscled Abraham before clipping across a pin-point cross for Traore to double the lead! What a start!
    • '8 Cluj open the scoring! From a Culio corner Rada rises highest to power home the opening goal! What a start for the Romanians!
    • '1 Fantastic play from Marco Streller early on. He collects a through ball before executing a fantastic turn and trying to release Frei, however Basel are denied by the offside flag.
    • The teams are out, almost time to get this one started.
    • The big news in the build up to this match was Cluj's decision to replace coach Andrea Mandorlini on Monday, new boss Sorin Cartu couldn't wish for a bigger stage on which to make his bow.
    • Tonight's contest is the first ever between these two sides, a win here and one of these clubs might pip Bayern Munich or Roma to a place in the knockout stages.
    • It might not be the most star-studded of tonight's Champions League fixture, but both Cluj and Basel will see this as an excellent chance of grabbing an early three points.
    • 19:00 The teams are in: CFR Cluj-Napoca: Nuno Claro, Panin, Cadu, Hugo Alcantara, Rada, Culio, Hora, Muresan, Dica, Traore, Bastos. Basel: Costanzo, Inkoom, Abraham, Atan, Safari, Shaqiri, Huggel, Yapi Yapo, Stocker, Streller, Frei

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  • CFR 1907 Cluj

    Manager: Sorin Cârtu

  • FC Basel

    Manager: Thorsten Fink

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