Wednesday November 3, 2010 Group Stage: Group E Finished Sankt Jakob-Park

FC Basel 2 - 3 AS Roma

  • Frei 69’
  • Shaqiri 84’
  • Menez 17’
  • Totti 25’ (pen.)
  • Greco 76’

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  1. Roma take care of Basel

    Roma take care of Basel

    Roma reignited their Champions League Group E campaign at St Jakob-Park with a thrilling 3-2 victory over 10-man FC Basel. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • FC Basel
    • AS Roma
    • 90+3' It's all over, 3-2 to Roma. Basel players surround the referee, but it's too late for that. Roma are back in business, Basel must now beat Cluj and may need something from Bayern away.
    • 90+2' Corner to Roma, Totti running down the clock
    • 90+1' Stocker finally gets the card he should have got ages ago after another foul on Totti
    • 88' Basel sub, Chipperfield for Ferati
    • 88' Streller fires over the bar from 10 yards
    • 84' Yapi brings a good save out of Sergio
    • 83' GOAL for Basel! It's still not over as Shaqiri fires home from five yards. Still some work for Roma to do here.
    • 80' G Burdisso for N Burdisso, Roma
    • 79' Nasty challenge from Stocker on Nicolas Burdisso. He will not be able to continue. Stocker escapes again, he should not be on the pitch.
    • 77' GOAL! No sooner do Basel get a sniff, Roma try to snuff out their hopes and it is the two substitutes who make and score the goal. Borriello turns in the area, and Greco lashes the ball home after being on the pitch for barely two minutes. 1-3.
    • 76' Shaqiri has a shot for the reinvigorated Basel, but Sergio saves
    • 75' Greco in, Menez, just booked, out for Roma
    • 73' What a difference a goal makes. The Roma defence, so calm moments ago, look very shaky and Streller hits the post as the crowd turn up the volume.
    • 70' Borriello on, Vucinic off for Roma
    • 69' GOAL! Well, we have a game on our hands again, and Roma will be furious about that just as it looked as if they were in total control. Stocker made some amends for giving away the penalty with a great cross, but it goes down as a horrible mistake from Sergio who totally missed it and Frei headed in from a yard. 1-2. Game on.
    • 66' That's better from Basel. Abraham gets forward and unleashes a fierce drive from 25 yards which whistles just high and wide of the angle of post and bar.
    • 64' Yapi tries an ambitious volley from 30 yards. Unsurprisingly, it soars well over Sergio's bar.
    • 62' Menez is having a great game tonight. He has looked dangerous in the final third, and is doing his share of tracking back as well.
    • 60' Yapi lays the ball back to Abraham, and his wild shot would have cleared three goals on top of each other. Desperation starting to kick in.
    • 58' Basel are throwing everything at this now, but you sense Roma are going to very happy to shut up shop, and forget all about a third unless it is an absolute gimme.
    • 55' Frei has another go with a free-kick in a dangerous area - and yet again, he finds only the wall.
    • 50' More card action. Kuipers books Perrotta after Shaqiri tumbles over. The TV replay suggests that may have been a harsh booking.
    • 48' Flashpoint at the start of the 2nd half. Streller fouls De Rossi, and Cassetti bundles in and pushes him in the chest. Both Streller and Cassetti are booked.
    • 46'
    • 45+1' End of the first half. Roger Federer is in the stadium wearing his Basel scarf - and to say he is looking even more downcast than usual would be an understatement.
    • 44' The dangerous Vucinic gets in another shot, this one is wide of the left-hand post. After the first 15 minutes, Basel have not handled him at all.
    • 43' Huggel gets his studs caught in Juan's shirt. Looks pretty comical for a moment.
    • 41' De Rossi brings down Shaqiri 25 yards from the Roma goal in a central postition. Frei takes it - straight into the wall.
    • 39' Yapi puts in a good cross from the right, and Streller gets his head on the ball - but it is a weak effort, straight into the arms of Sergio.
    • 36' The small band of Roma fans have not stopped singing. One of the shorter European trips is going very well so far.
    • 34' Streller just fails to get his head on a cross, challenged by Riise, as a shell-shocked Basel try to regain their composure.
    • 32' Former Liverpool man Riise gets forward again, but this time he shoots well wide from 25 yards.
    • 29' Basel certainly don't want to let in another one. At the moment they would still finish above Roma if they finished on the same points in Group E, based on the head to heads with the 3-1 win in Italy. In a tight group, that could be crucial.
    • 28' The stats make cruel reading. Basel have had eight shots, one on target. Roma have had four, and two were goals.
    • 25' Captain Totti steps up and buries the penalty past Costanzo. It's 2-0, and in a match that started well for Basel, they now have a mountain to climb.
    • 25' Stocker gets a yellow card from official Kuipers. He is very lucky. It could have been red.
    • 24' It's a massive moment in this match. Roma left-back Riise escapes from Stocker in the area, and the midfielder brings him down. It's a penalty.
    • 21' It's all gone a bit quiet inside Saint Jakob-Park. The stunned crowd can't quite believe what has happened in the last few minutes.
    • 19' It could so easily have been two. Vucinic does well down the left, and his pass inside almost sees Menez gets his and his side's second - but the ball goes just wide of the post. Might even have been a corner, maybe that's what Totti is telling the referee. There were also claims for a penalty, Menez started to fall under challenge on the edge of the area.
    • 16' GOAL! That comment was always going to wake Roma up. A great finish from Menez, right-footed after Vucinic was bundled over. Referee Kuipers looked to have played a great advantage there.
    • 15' Basel are having most of the play here. Roma haven't really got going, and look stretched at the back.
    • 13' Frei tries pulling another corner back to the edge of the area, but it is cleared. he gets it back, and from a neat pass Shaqiri skies the ball over the crossbar.
    • 11' Streller wins a corner - and how Basel don't score from it is anyone's guess. When the ball comes over Stocker wins the header, and miraculously Sergio saves from a yard from Huggel. That is either a wonder-save, or a shocking miss.
    • 8' Now Frei sees a very close offside decision go against him as he looks to break clear down the right.
    • 5' A good move from Basel. Stocker plays a neat one-two, but sees his shot from the left edge of the penalty area charged down.
    • 3' Roma's French midfielder Jeremy Menez menaces down the right - but he is held up, and eventually can only fire his shot well over the bar
    • 2' Alexander Frei is pulled up for handball in an attacking position. He isn't happy.
    • 19.45 They're under way in Switzerland. Roma are playing all-white, with the hosts in their red and blue strip. Barcelona or Crystal Palace, take your pick.
    • 19.40 A great atmosphere building inside the stadium as the teams line up for the prelminaries before kick-off. The small band of Roma supporters are tucked away in a corner of the ground, but have brought plenty of flags with them.
    • 19.35 Basel are bidding to reach the knockout stages of the Champions League for the first time since the 2002-03 season. A repeat of the 2-0 home Europa League win over Roma last season would do them nicely this evening.
    • 19.30 It is a mild evening at Saint Jakob-Park - let's see how many are wearing gloves.
    • 19.25 Totti was sent off in the 2-0 win over Lecce at the weekend - meaning he will miss the Rome derby against Lazio on Sunday.
    • 19.20 Roma have stalwart Francesco Totti playing just behind Montenegro star Mirko Vucinic up front.
    • 19.15 Yapi will be one to watch again for the home side, after his outstanding display in the Stadio Olimpico, with Alexander Frei up front with Marco Streller.
    • 19.10 The referee tonight is Bjorn Kuipers, from Holland.
    • 19.08 Roma: Julio Sergio; Cassetti, Nicolas Burdisso, Juan, Riise; Menez, De Rossi, Simplicio, Perrotta; Totti; Vucinic. Subs: Lobont, Cicinho, Castellini, Borriello, Greco, Guillermo Burdisso, Okaka.
    • 19.05 Right, the teams are in. Basel: Costanzo; Inkoom, Abraham, Ferati, Safari; Shaqiri, Huggel, Yapi Yapo, Stocker; Frei, Streller. Subs: Sommer, Atan, Chipperfield, Almerares, Cabral, Tembo, Zanni.
    • 19.00 In the opposite dugout to the experienced Roma coach Claudio Ranieri is Fink - and his efforts have just been rewarded with a new contract extension keeping him at FC Basel, the reigning Swiss champions and double winners, until 2013.
    • 18.55 To get their campaign fully back on track, Roma are going to do have to do what they have never done before - and win in Switzerland.
    • 18.50 Roma are still reeling from the home defeat to Basel a fortnight ago, a first win in the Champions League for seven years for manager Thorsten Fink's team. Tonight offers a chance for revenge at Saint Jakob Park for the Italians - or double trouble.
    • 18.45 Welcome to tonight's live coverage of the Champions League clash between FC Basel of Switzerland, and Roma of Italy. It's all to play for in Group E. Bayern Munich are cruising in first place, but second spot looks up for grabs.
  • Summary

    • 90+1' Stocker finally gets the card he should have got ages ago after another foul on Totti
    • 88' Streller fires over the bar from 10 yards
    • 84' Yapi brings a good save out of Sergio
    • 83' GOAL for Basel! It's still not over as Shaqiri fires home from five yards. Still some work for Roma to do here.
    • 77' GOAL! No sooner do Basel get a sniff, Roma try to snuff out their hopes and it is the two substitutes who make and score the goal. Borriello turns in the area, and Greco lashes the ball home after being on the pitch for barely two minutes. 1-3.
    • 73' What a difference a goal makes. The Roma defence, so calm moments ago, look very shaky and Streller hits the post as the crowd turn up the volume.
    • 69' GOAL! Well, we have a game on our hands again, and Roma will be furious about that just as it looked as if they were in total control. Stocker made some amends for giving away the penalty with a great cross, but it goes down as a horrible mistake from Sergio who totally missed it and Frei headed in from a yard. 1-2. Game on.
    • 66' That's better from Basel. Abraham gets forward and unleashes a fierce drive from 25 yards which whistles just high and wide of the angle of post and bar.
    • 60' Yapi lays the ball back to Abraham, and his wild shot would have cleared three goals on top of each other. Desperation starting to kick in.
    • 55' Frei has another go with a free-kick in a dangerous area - and yet again, he finds only the wall.
    • 44' The dangerous Vucinic gets in another shot, this one is wide of the left-hand post. After the first 15 minutes, Basel have not handled him at all.
    • 43' Huggel gets his studs caught in Juan's shirt. Looks pretty comical for a moment.
    • 41' De Rossi brings down Shaqiri 25 yards from the Roma goal in a central postition. Frei takes it - straight into the wall.
    • 39' Yapi puts in a good cross from the right, and Streller gets his head on the ball - but it is a weak effort, straight into the arms of Sergio.
    • 25' Captain Totti steps up and buries the penalty past Costanzo. It's 2-0, and in a match that started well for Basel, they now have a mountain to climb.
    • 24' It's a massive moment in this match. Roma left-back Riise escapes from Stocker in the area, and the midfielder brings him down. It's a penalty.
    • 19' It could so easily have been two. Vucinic does well down the left, and his pass inside almost sees Menez gets his and his side's second - but the ball goes just wide of the post. Might even have been a corner, maybe that's what Totti is telling the referee. There were also claims for a penalty, Menez started to fall under challenge on the edge of the area.
    • 16' GOAL! That comment was always going to wake Roma up. A great finish from Menez, right-footed after Vucinic was bundled over. Referee Kuipers looked to have played a great advantage there.
    • 13' Frei tries pulling another corner back to the edge of the area, but it is cleared. he gets it back, and from a neat pass Shaqiri skies the ball over the crossbar.
    • 11' Streller wins a corner - and how Basel don't score from it is anyone's guess. When the ball comes over Stocker wins the header, and miraculously Sergio saves from a yard from Huggel. That is either a wonder-save, or a shocking miss.
    • 19.08 Roma: Julio Sergio; Cassetti, Nicolas Burdisso, Juan, Riise; Menez, De Rossi, Simplicio, Perrotta; Totti; Vucinic. Subs: Lobont, Cicinho, Castellini, Borriello, Greco, Guillermo Burdisso, Okaka.
    • 19.05 Right, the teams are in. Basel: Costanzo; Inkoom, Abraham, Ferati, Safari; Shaqiri, Huggel, Yapi Yapo, Stocker; Frei, Streller. Subs: Sommer, Atan, Chipperfield, Almerares, Cabral, Tembo, Zanni.

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  • FC Basel

    Manager: Thorsten Fink

  • AS Roma

    Manager: Claudio Ranieri

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