The fairytale continues! FC Basel 1893 beat FC Bayern Munich 1:0 (0:0) on home soil after a sensational performance at St. Jakob-Park on Wednesday night. At this stage of the competition Basel are amongst the top 16 teams in Europe. This latest success is due to a focused team performance and individual expertise by Basel keeper Yann Sommer (eliminating several Bayern chances). Substitute Valentin Stocker who stepped onto the pitch during the last phase of the game scored late in the game after a precise pass by team mate Jacques Zoua. This is a historic victory for FC Basel, creating a positive build up for the return leg in Munich on the 13th of March 2012.
(Translated by Thomas Snaith)
What is more difficult? To beat FC Bayern Munich – or to find the right words to describe the situation after you have actually beaten them? Hard to say... but it’s worth a try: The team of Coach Heiko Vogel wins against the German record holders by 1:0 (0:0). Valentin Stocker is substituted onto the pitch in the 66th minute and scores after a great pass by Jacques Zoua, who moved the ball into the centre from the right side of the pitch. Stocker slips the ball through Bayern keeper, Manuel Neuer’s legs scoring the only goal of the game, to Bayern’s disappointment and Basel joy.
Similar to last week’s match against the Young Boys it was yet again Valentin Stocker who sealed the victory towards the end of the game. This time Stocker’s goal resulted in an impressive victory over one of Europe’s strongest clubs. However Basel’s recent history has proven that this FC Basel is capable of beating “big” teams, as during the 2:1 home victory over Manchester United on the 7th of December, which elevated the team to this stage of the competition. For the 2nd time in a row, Heiko Vogel’s team have beaten a top club in European football. These are victories of historic value, underlining the maturity, class and harmony which exist within the whole team.
Yann Sommer’s world class performance
Despite a great atmosphere and a sold out St. Jakobs Park (36’000 spectators), Basel were forced to overcome several great chances during the opening stages of the game, by a pressurising Bayern Munich. It is thanks to two 1st class saves by Basel keeper Yann Sommer that kept Basel in the game. First Sommer saved a close range shot by Frank Ribery (3rd minute) within the box, then deflected a 2nd shot (12th minute) over the line to secure Bayern with a corner.
Minutes later at the other end of the pitch, Streller has a great attempt at lobbing the ball over Bayern keeper Manuel Neuer, (16th minute) upon which one minute later, Aleksandar Dragovic nearly scored with his head, after a precise pass by Xherdan Shaqiri. Dragovic’s header was cleared by Neuer, who deflected the ball onto the post. Three minutes later Alex Frei hits the crossbar after a great pass by Korean team mate Joo ho Park. Only 20 minutes played but enough action to last for quite some time.
Heiko Vogel: “I am very, very proud of my team”
The game settled down in regards to big chances in the 2nd half, however Bayern Munich remained dangerous on the attack, especially when Ribery was involved. Basel continued to play disciplined and active football, but this was not effective against a Bayern’s defence. The Bavarians similarly were not able to generate any chances within the box, until Mario Gomez attempted a shot in the 73rd minute, which Yann Sommer was able to save. Basel Coach Vogel’s reaction towards his keepers performance: “World Class”
Vogel: “I’m very, very proud of what my team has achieved. We knew that Bayern would confront us with all their power; however we were able to stand strong and even generate several chances for ourselves.” In the 2nd half Basel was able to generate more ball possession as in the 1st half, as demanded by Vogel during half time. “It was partially due to excellent game play by the two substitutes Stocker and Zoua that we managed to secure this deserved victory.” Bayern coach Jupp Heyneckes stated that a draw would have been fair when examining the 90 minutes. His team entered the game with the correct attitude but failed to use their chances. “Of course Basel has a very strong team who are always offensively dangerous”
The deciding game lies 3 weeks away
Bayern Coach Heyneckes is not that worried. “I am not as negatively exited as many others in regards to this situation.” He has experiences many situations like this during his impressive career, especially in the European Competition. “We will see what happens during the return match in Munich”. FC Bayern Munich has enough self confidence to know that we can still qualify for the next stage of the competition”. It is true that FC Basel has impressed and surprised many with their 1:0 victory over Bayern Munich however nothing is decided until the return match is played in Munich on 13th of March 2012. Heiko Vogel states: “We have won this match and we did not concede a goal, which is pretty good. We have also proven in this competition that we also know how to score away from home”.
FC Basel–FC Bayern München 1:0 (0:0)
St. Jakob-Park. – Attendence: 36‘000 (sold out). – Ref. Nicola Rizzoli (Ita).
Goal: 86. Stocker 1:0 (Zoua).
FC Basel: Sommer; Steinhöfer, Abraham, Dragovic, Park; Shaqiri (83. Zoua), Huggel, Granit Xhaka, Fabian Frei (66. Stocker); Streller, Alex Frei (90. Cabral).
FC Bayern München: Neuer; Rafinha, Boateng, Badstuber, Lahm; Tymoshchuk, Alaba; Robben, Kroos (88. Olic), Ribéry (71. Müller); Gomez.
Notes: FCB without Chipperfield, Yapi, Voser (all injured) and Kusunga (sick). Bayern without Schweinsteiger ,Van Buyten, Contento and Breno (all injured). – Bookings: 63. Abraham (Foul). 72. Müller (Foul). 82. Rafinha (Foul). – 16. Hit the post after header Dragovic. 19. Corssbar Alex Frei.
Coach Heiko Vogel about Goalkeeper Yann Sommer: "World Class!"
Scored the 1:0: Valentin Stocker.
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(Photos: Sacha Grossenbacher)