Tuesday November 23, 2010 Group Stage: Group E Finished Sankt Jakob-Park

FC Basel 1 - 0 CFR 1907 Cluj

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  1. FC Basel eliminate Cluj

    FC Basel eliminate Cluj

    FC Basel defeated CFR Cluj 1-0 at the Sankt Jakob-Park as the Romanian side were eliminated from the Champions League in the group stage wit More

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    Time:90'
    • FC Basel
    • CFR 1907 Cluj
    • 90' And that's full time. Cluj are out, Basel have the faintest of hopes. Cluj were terrible if truth be told, and they didn't deserve anyhting from this game.
    • 91' Cagdas Atan is coming on for Frei now, last change of the night and surely one of the last pieces of action.
    • 89' Tembo is coming off now, in place of Zanni.
    • 87' Piccolo gets a red card for a two-handed shove on Almerares. The striker was holding onto the ball, and Piccolo ran up to him and pushed him into next week.
    • 85' G. Xhaka is coming on for Shaqiri, who has been one of the more impressive players tonight.
    • 83' Yapi Yapo gets the ball on the edge of the area and sees a terrific shot tipped wide for a corner.
    • 81' Bjelanovic heads over from Sforzini's cross. Decent chance that.
    • 79' Ferati is fouled by Tomas Costa and the midfielder gets a yellow card.
    • 78' Basel have had more than enough opportunities to secure the win here, if CLuj do find an equaliser, the home side will have no one to blame but themselves.
    • 77' I wonder if Basel will send him the bill?
    • 75' Wow. That was incredible. Sorin Cârtu, the Cluj manager, has just been caught on a replay kicking the side of his dugout and breaking the glass with his feet. Terrifying. I'm glad I won't be in the dressing room after that.
    • 74' GOAL! No, offside. Tembo's shot, very wayward, is diverted in by Frei - a close-range version of Almerares' goal - but the Swiss is caught offside.
    • 73' Collectively, Basel have covered 91km and Cluj 88km.
    • 70' Yapi has covered a mammoth 9.5km while Cabral 9.3km.
    • 69' Basel have a pass completion rate of 80% while Cluj's is a lowly 63%.
    • 68' We've also had 26 fouls in the game - 13 each. Oh no, 14 to Cluj after Tomas Costa fouls Shaqiri.
    • 67' Basel have had 16 attempts, 11 off target and two on target with three blocked. Profligate. Cluj have had two off target and one blocked. Poor.
    • 66' Costanzo comes out of his goal to collect a stray pass. He looks bored.
    • 65' Shaqiri is fouled by Kone and the resulting free-kick is punched clear by Nuno Claro.
    • 64' Cadu gets a yellow card for a foul on Shaqiri.
    • 63' Well, this has picked up a bit, hasn't it?
    • 62' Nuno Claro comes racing out to tackle Tembo, but the midfielder crosses the ball past him leaving an empty net. The Cluj defence are surprisingly composed and clear the ball.
    • 61' Shaqiri feeds Tembo on the edge of the area, and the midfielder's shot takes a deflection off Cadu, but Nuno Claro uses his feet to divert the ball onto the crossbar. Frei picks up the loose ball but he's closed down and the ball is cleared.
    • 60' Tembo hits the bar!
    • 59' Cluj seem more inclined to attack in this second half. They aren't getting anyway, but they look as though they're trying.
    • 58' Emmanuel Kone is coming on for Leo Veloso - hope it didn't have anything to do with that last update.
    • 57' FACT: Ferati has completed 100% of his passes so far. Leo Veloso has only compelted 53%. Contrast.
    • 55' Cluj cleverly take a quick free kick, but they lose possession immediatley thanks to another stray pass.
    • 53' Culio is having an awful few minutes. He hurls Safari to the ground needlessly. Frustrated.
    • 52' Though Culio takes the free kick he earnedand it fails to beat the first man. The clearance finds Bastos who blazes another long range effort over the bar.
    • 51' Inkoom obstucts Culio and Cluj have a free kick in a very decent position.
    • 49' Sorin Cârtu looks angry on the touchline. No idea what he said at hlaf time, but it didn't work.
    • 48' Shaqiri wastes possession with an aimless lobbed pass. Goal kick.
    • 47' The second half continues where the first half ended. Cluj defending deep as Basel find space and continue to attack.
    • 46' Traore has been replaced by Bjelanovic at half time. Cluj's top scorer had a quiet first half, let's see if his replacement can do any better.
    • 45' The second half gets under way.
    • 45' That's the end of the first half. Very poor from Cluj, while Basel have looked comfortable, but should have made more of their chances.
    • 45' Two minutes of added time given.
    • 45' Lovely stuff from Cluj. Culio neatly backheels to Tony who finds Bastos. The striker knocks it on to Traore but he's nudged off the ball by Ferati.
    • 43' Yapi's through ball hits Piccolo without him knowing, taking it out of the path of Frei who would have been one-on-one with Nuno Claro. Great piece of accidental defending.
    • 42' Tembo crosses brilliantly, but Frei is caught offside when clean through. No need to be offside in that situation.
    • 41' Abraham has gone down like a sack of potatoes after a tackle with Traore. It was nothing. He stops play though so the referee makes him go off for treatment.
    • 40' Oh no, apologies, bad information. Mario Gomez put Bayern 1-0 up and then six minutes later, he's made it 2-0.
    • 38' Cluj need half time to come so Sorin Cârtu can give his team a right seeing-to. They need some sense knocked into them. It's basic stuff too; stop defending so deep and just keep hold of the ball. Short, simple passes.
    • 36' The referee is now talking to Culio & Shaqiri. The Cluj midfielder bunmped into Shaqiri and then tapped his neck. Shaqiri then tumbled to the ground clutching his face.
    • 35' Bastos breaks, but rather selfishly he blasts a shot way over the bar from 35 yards out.
    • 34' Basel still have so much space. Cluj aren't closing them down in the neutral territory.
    • 33' Bastos is off getting treatment, he looks a bit shaken, but he'll be alright.
    • 32' Abraham goes to clear the ball, but his foot is 6ft in the air, misses the ball and collides with the side of Rafael Bastos's face. That looked incredibly painful.
    • 31' Just seen a replay and Safari's effort was cleared off the line twice - first by Tony and then by Cadu. Last ditch defending.
    • 30' Veloso gets a yellow card for a foul on Tembo. Didn't see anything wrong with it to be honest. Tackle from behind, but won the ball.
    • 29' Inkoom's cross misses everyone and Safari picks up the loose ball, sidesteps his man and has a shot at goal which is cleared off the line by Cadu.
    • 28' It's jsut taken five men to tackle Frei.
    • 27' The following corner is hit Paul Scholes-style to the edge of the area where Yapi Yapo hits a shot most un-Paul Scholes-like about 20 yards wide.
    • 26' The corner from Frei finds Abraham but his header clatters off the back of Kivuvu and goes out for another corner.
    • 25' A long hoof from Inkoom finds Frei rather brilliantly. The veteran's lay off to Almerares is perfect and the striker wins a corner.
    • 24' Bastos is fouled by Yapi and Cluj have a free kick on the half way line. Someone, about three seconds later, Frei has a chance to score but hits a shot wide.
    • 23' Cluj just can't keep hold of the ball - they'll beat themselves if they carry on playing like this.
    • 22' Almerares picks up on Tony's shocking clearance but blazes over from 20 yards. Seconds later, he does exactly the same thing again.
    • 21' They've also had five shots on goal while Cluj are yet to test Costanzo.
    • 20' Basel have had 70% of the possession so far. Dominant.
    • 20' Shaqiri gets lucky as he tries a fancy trick, trips over but Tomas Costa is promptly tackled by Yapi.
    • 19' Cluj have to push out. They're inviting pressure, and with elimination on the horizon, they can't afford to do that.
    • 18' From the resulting corner, Almerares heads over. He's starting to look dangerous.
    • 16' And Basel try to play like Barcelona. Shaqiri and Safari play a neat one-two before Safari plays in Almerares. The striker cuts inside Piccolo and looks set to score before cutting the ball back to a marked Frei. The Swiss striker's shot takes two deflections before being cleared off the line by Piccolo. Can't help but feel Almerares should have scored there.
    • 15' Cluj were defending far too deep there, Inkoom was given so much room to move in to. Mind you, he got lucky. It really was a terrible shot. 30 yards out and it was going for a corner before Almerares stuck out an instinctive leg.
    • 14' Inkoom brings the ball out of defence, finds himself in space so prances through the Cluj half His seemingly rubbish shot turns out to be a cracking cross as it flies across the box and Almerares is there to divert the ball past Nuno Claro. 1-0.
    • 13' Almerares fouls Piccolo as they fight over a header. He's now down injured and Almerares gets a yellow card for his troubles.
    • 12' Shaqiri and Safari are linking up nicely on the left. Shaqiri keeps on finding space in between Cluj's two banks of four midfielders and defenders.
    • 11' Great interception by Ferati as Culio tries to put Bastos through on goal.
    • 11' Inkoom is given all of the time in the world to cross, but there's no one in the box and Cluj deal with it easily.
    • 10' Both sides are showing lots of energy, but Cluj are palying so deep, Basel are able to push high up the pitch and hem them inside their own half.
    • 9' Safari puts in a cracking cross and it finds Frei, who else would you want on the end of it? Well, someone else as it happens. The striker controls with his arm when in acres of space. Such a waste.
    • 8' As you can expect, Cluj are playing very deep and seem to be looking to the counter attack or long ball for chances.
    • 7' Neither side has settled down and the game hasn't found it's feet yet.
    • 6' It's all a bit messy at the moment...
    • 5' Frei's experience is showing as he's given the ball, holds it up nicely and finds space to switch the ball to the right wing.
    • 4' Basel are in their red and blue stripes and Cluj are playing in all white - this could be El Classico! Let's hope for the same level of quality.
    • 3' Culio has a great chance to put Cluj in the lead! Bastos's cross is cleared but the clearance finds Veloso whose cross is perfect. Culio brings it down on his chest but Costanzo smothers the ball. Poor control from Culio.
    • 2' Looks as though Frei has been given license to roam tonight as he links up nicely with Inkoom before losing the ball.
    • 2' Shaqiri then picks up a loose ball and had a go from 35 yards or so. It's on the rise as he hits it, and it doesn't change direction. Way over.
    • 1' Abraham fouls Bastos and Cluj have a free kick which they subsequently waste.
    • 1' And we're off! Cluj playing from left to right in the first half.
    • 19:44 FACT: Just before kick off, did you know that Frei has 40 goals in 82 appearances for the Swiss national side? Incredible. Even more incredible, he's got 23 in 27 since joining Basel!
    • 19:42 FACT: Cluj have lost seven of their last eight Champions League matches.
    • 19:40 FACT: Basel have won just one and lost eight of their last 10 Champions League matches and have lost their last five consecutive Champions League games at home.
    • 19:39 FACT: It is 13 games since Basel last kept a clean sheet in the Champions League.
    • 19:38 FACT: Marco Streller of Basel has committed a joint-competition high 16 fouls - though he's not playing tonight, so expect fewer free-kicks!
    • 19:37 FACT: Juan Emmanuel Culio has scored (1) or assisted (3) four of Cluj’s five goals in the Champions League this season.
    • 19:36 FACT: Four of Cluj's five goals have come from headers.
    • 19:33 Cluj, meanwhile, have found consistency hard to come by this season. Two wins, two draws and two defeats in their last six games in all competitions while scoring only five and conceding seven.
    • 19:31 Basel haven't won in any competition since their 3-1 home win over AC Bellinzona on 30 October and they currently lie two points behind league leaders FC Luzern in second place.
    • 19:27 Cluj are more or less at full strength tonight. Striker Lacina Traoré will be looking to score against Basel for a second time this season.
    • 19:26 Thorsten Fink is without Marco Streller for the game tonight, the powerful striker tore his ankle ligaments recently.
    • 19:25 Alexander Frei is Basel's top scorer with 10 goals in all competitions, though he's currently suffering a spot of bad form.
    • - Basel have now suffered five straight group stage defeats at home in the competition, scoring four goals and conceding 13 in that run.
    • - Basel enter this Group E showdown with Cluj at St. Jakob-Park seeking to avoid a repeat of their fate in the UEFA Champions League group stage two seasons ago – when they failed to pick up a single point at home.
    • - CLUJ: Nuno Claro; Tony, Cadú, Piccolo, Rada; Costa, Kivuvu, Culio, Veloso; Bastos, Traoré Subs: Bjelanovic, Sforzini, Alcântara, Panin, Stâncioiu, Koné, Edimar
    • - BASEL: Costanzo; Inkoom, Abraham, Ferati, Safari; Tembo, Yapi Yapo, Cabral, Shaqiri; Frei, Almerares. SUBS: Zanni, Unal, Sommer, Atan, Schürpf, G. Xhaka, T. Xhaka
    • - Let's take a look at the starting line-ups...
    • - The last time these two sides played each other was at the Stadionul Dr Constantin Radulescu on matchday one. Cluj came out 2-1 winners thanks to goals from Ionut Rada and Lacina Traore. Valentin Stocker pulled one back for Basel.
    • - If Roma win tonight, and this match ends in a draw, then they will both be eliminated. A win for either side would keep their hopes of qualification alive until the final match day. It must be said though, the chances of that happening are highly unlikely.
    • - These two sides are fourth and third in Group E respectivley, behind Bayern Munich and AS Roma. Basel are bottom of the group by the virtue of having lost to Cluj in the reverse fixture in September.
    • - Hello, and welcome to tonight's live coverage of FC Basel vs CFR 1907 Cluj.
  • Summary

    • 87' Piccolo gets a red card for a two-handed shove on Almerares. The striker was holding onto the ball, and Piccolo ran up to him and pushed him into next week.
    • 83' Yapi Yapo gets the ball on the edge of the area and sees a terrific shot tipped wide for a corner.
    • 75' Wow. That was incredible. Sorin Cârtu, the Cluj manager, has just been caught on a replay kicking the side of his dugout and breaking the glass with his feet. Terrifying. I'm glad I won't be in the dressing room after that.
    • 62' Nuno Claro comes racing out to tackle Tembo, but the midfielder crosses the ball past him leaving an empty net. The Cluj defence are surprisingly composed and clear the ball.
    • 61' Shaqiri feeds Tembo on the edge of the area, and the midfielder's shot takes a deflection off Cadu, but Nuno Claro uses his feet to divert the ball onto the crossbar. Frei picks up the loose ball but he's closed down and the ball is cleared.
    • 60' Tembo hits the bar!
    • 42' Tembo crosses brilliantly, but Frei is caught offside when clean through. No need to be offside in that situation.
    • 31' Just seen a replay and Safari's effort was cleared off the line twice - first by Tony and then by Cadu. Last ditch defending.
    • 29' Inkoom's cross misses everyone and Safari picks up the loose ball, sidesteps his man and has a shot at goal which is cleared off the line by Cadu.
    • 20' Basel have had 70% of the possession so far. Dominant.
    • 16' And Basel try to play like Barcelona. Shaqiri and Safari play a neat one-two before Safari plays in Almerares. The striker cuts inside Piccolo and looks set to score before cutting the ball back to a marked Frei. The Swiss striker's shot takes two deflections before being cleared off the line by Piccolo. Can't help but feel Almerares should have scored there.
    • 14' Inkoom brings the ball out of defence, finds himself in space so prances through the Cluj half His seemingly rubbish shot turns out to be a cracking cross as it flies across the box and Almerares is there to divert the ball past Nuno Claro. 1-0.
    • 3' Culio has a great chance to put Cluj in the lead! Bastos's cross is cleared but the clearance finds Veloso whose cross is perfect. Culio brings it down on his chest but Costanzo smothers the ball. Poor control from Culio.
    • - CLUJ: Nuno Claro; Tony, Cadú, Piccolo, Rada; Costa, Kivuvu, Culio, Veloso; Bastos, Traoré Subs: Bjelanovic, Sforzini, Alcântara, Panin, Stâncioiu, Koné, Edimar
    • - BASEL: Costanzo; Inkoom, Abraham, Ferati, Safari; Tembo, Yapi Yapo, Cabral, Shaqiri; Frei, Almerares. SUBS: Zanni, Unal, Sommer, Atan, Schürpf, G. Xhaka, T. Xhaka

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  • FC Basel

    Manager: Thorsten Fink

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    Manager: Sorin Cârtu

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