FC Basel Frustrate Die Vielchen At Generali
P Pentz, M Blauensteiner (T Ebner 45), M Madl, T Hubocan, T Salamon, D Cancola, J Jeggo (U Matic 51), D Fitz, A Grunwald, B Eleke (D Prokop 69), B Edomwonyi
J Omlin, S Widmer, N Sutter (N Haas 80), E Alvarez Balanta, R Petretta, L Zuffi, F Frei (L Lacroix 75), N Ngamaleu, S Campo, N Okafor (V Stocker 75), S Tarashaj
Die Vielchen were once again left frustrated in the Europa League as despite having the better of the game, FC Basel scored just after the hour mark to ensure they picked up a point and leave Austria Wien with only two points from their first two games of the game. Die Vielchen, considered the underdogs in the tie, especially following on from Basel’s 6-0 win over Standard Liege on Matchday 1, will be pleased with their performance against the team seeded first in the group, creating a lot of chances, but will bemoan their inability to put the ball in the back of the net as they were once again held.
Christopher Steegmann named a rotated starting XI with Dominik Fitz and Blessing Eleke making starts for Die Vielchen’s second game of their Europa League campaign. Die Vielchen fans were left questioning the managers decision before kick off, but they will be happy with the chances created by a rotated forward line, and Michael Madl and Tomas Hubocan, starting at centre back performed well enough. It was a bitter pill to swallow at full time when Die Vielchen looked back on the chances that they missed over the course of the 90 minutes whilst Basel will be thrilled to be taking a point back to Switzerland.
With only eight minutes gone, Die Vielchen took the lead amidst a raucous atmosphere at the Generali Arena, with Bright Edomwonyi tapping home for his sixth goal of the season after Michael Blauensteiner delivered a beautiful cross across the face of goal which found its way to the Nigerian forward who was waiting in front of goal. Edomwonyi, was perhaps guilty of costing Die Vielchen the three points over the course of the game, as time after time he was played through by lifted through balls from ball playing defender Michael Madl, with the Nigerian using his pace to get through one on one with Jonas Omlin. However the forward fluffed his lines every time, hitting the post or screwing the ball wide or giving Jonas Omlin every chance of saving the ball.
It was these misses that meant that when Samuele Campos slid the ball home in a similar fashion to Edomwonyi’s goal, against the run of play to earn Basel a big point, Die Vielchen fans were left frustrated by their teams inability to see out their position of dominance against, fearing that the result may represent two points lost. It now means Austria Wien will head into Matchday 3 looking for their first victory of the campaign having dropped points in both their first two games of the Group Stage.
Elsewhere in Group H tonight, Standard Liege were able to fend off a late Olympiakos fight back, beating the Greek side 3-2. The results on Matchday 2 mean that Basel remain top of Group H on 4 points, with Standard occupying second with three. Die Vielchen sit third on two points with Olympiakos bottom on just the single point. Up next for Die Vielchen is the visit of Admira Wacker in the Bundesliga, with Austria looking to close the gap on table toppers Red Bull Salzburg on Matchday 9 of their Bundesliga campaign. Meanwhile Steegmann and his team will travel to the Stade Maurice Dufrasne on Matchday 2 to meet Standard Liege.
Yeah I don’t think the results how well we’ve played and it’s frustrating to have drawn that game against LASK. However we’re still within touching distance so if we can put a consistent run together we should be just fine!
Yeah we’re looking like we’re in a very good position to close the gap because of that game in hand. Defensively we feel very strong, Jubal has helped massively but it also feels like we’re much better going forward too and a little more free scoring right now. The cup defeat was hard to take but you’re right a European run would make us all forget about the cup exit!
The cup defeat is something we’re going to have to move on from quickly but we’re looking strong in the league and we’ve got some exciting Europa League games coming up to get excited about so there is still an exciting season in store for us!
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