On Tuesday the 13th of March 2012, FC Basel proved to be chanceless in their 2nd leg match against Bayern Munich in the Allianz Arena. Basel failed to qualify for the quarter final of the Champions League, losing to Bayern Munich by 0:7 (0:3). Bayern presented an extremely strong side, leaving Basel virtually with no chances. Robben (2), Müller, and Gomez (4) scored the goals for the dominant German team. Despite the severity of the score line against one of Europe’s strongest teams, it is important not to underestimate the tremendous efforts and results which FC Base has achieved in the 2011/2012 Champions League campaign.
(Translated by Thomas Snaith)
Basel`s dreams did not come true despite their recent success in this year’s Champions League. In the 3rd Champions League game in a row, against the elite of European club football, Basel failed to be successful. After the historic victories against Manchester United in the group stage and Bayern Munich in the last 16, Basel’s success story ended with a 0:7 defeat. The dream of reaching the quarter final of the competition was clearly eliminated.
FC Basel has recently drawn a lot of attention to its current team, as they survived the group stage of the competition, despite sharing a group with Manchester United, Benfica Lissabon and Otelul Galati. The next highlight was the 1:0 home victory against FC Bayern Munich, showcasing a perfect game of football. Unfortunately Basel was not able to carry on the way they left off, as they lost to the German record holders several weeks later.
Basel coach Heiko Vogel mentioned „a deserved loss against a very strong Bayern Munich. In many aspects the Bavarians showed us where our limits were.” In the long run Vogel knew that Basel was not going to be able to keep up with Quality of FC Bayern Munich. “We should have held against Bayern’s pressure, however we simply were not able to do so”, stated Vogel. "Munich played very well, suffocating our attempts to qualify for the next stage of the competition."
Heiko Vogel stressed that one should not reduce Basel’s very successful champions League campaign to the dramatic 0:7 defeat against Munich. The team showed great dedication and success which should be honoured. “This is a big success in regards to Swiss Football.” Even Bayern’s coach Jupp Heynckes stated that the severity of the result did not represent what FC Basel is capable of.
FC Bayern München–FC Basel 1893 7:0 (3:0)
Allianz-Arena. – Attendence: 66‘000 (sold out). – Ref. Mark Clattenburg (Eng).
Goals: 10. Robben 1:0 (Müller). 42. Müller 2:0 (Robben). 44. Gomez 3:0 (Badstuber). 50. Gomez 4:0 (Ribéry). 61. Gomez 5:0 (Ribéry). 67. Gomez 6:0 (Ribéry). 81. Robben 7:0.
FC Bayern: Neuer; Lahm, Boateng, Badstuber, Alaba; Luiz Gustavo, Kroos; Robben (82. Tymoshchuk), Müller (70. Schweinsteiger), Ribéry (78. Pranjic); Gomez.
FC Basel: Sommer; Steinhöfer (70. Degen), Abraham, Dragovic, Park; Shaqiri (80. Zoua), Granit Xhaka, Cabral, Fabian Frei (61. Stocker); Streller, Alex Frei.
Notes: Bayern without Van Buyten and Breno (both injured). FCB without Chipperfield (injured) and Voser (convalescent). – Bookings: 60. Streller (Foul). 73. Cabral (Foul). 80. Boateng (Foul).
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(Photos: Sacha Grossenbacher, Uwe Zinke)