The second half:
It didn’t take long after the 2nd half kicked off before FCB were able to celebrate again: Neftal Manzambi scored a cracking goal from a distance. His first goal in Switzerland’s top league and 3:1 for FCB. Ten minutes later Basel´s Dutchman Ricky van Wolfswinkel netted the 4:1. The fixture had been decided but not over. Albian Ajeti who was substituted on, scored two, securing FCB´s highest victory of the season. Towards the end of the 90 minutes, FC Thun nearly scored for but Manzambi´s header prevented Nicolas Hunziker from celebrating.
After the game:
The victory against Thun secured FCB with the 2nd place in the Super League table, which means that the remaining 4 fixtures have no influence on Basel´s final ranking in the table. FC Basel´s solid performance and spectacular game was great advertising for the team and club. Two reserve players scored their first goals for the club, which mixes things up and provides suspense for next season and fixtures to come. “Neftal Manzambi scored two and prevented one“, stated Wicky after the game. „He played well.”
Wicky´s praise was directed towards the entire team: “I just witnessed a great performance by team. We were in control, remained calm and were highly concentrated for 90 minutes. We also had quite a few impressive offensive attempts towards goal. We will approach the remaining four fixtures with the same levels of energy, passion and joy for the game”. The beginning of the end of the season starts with our next fixture, away in St. Gallen (Kybunpark), next Sunday.
FC Basel 1893 – FC Thun 6:1 (2:1)
St. Jakob-Park. – 25‘229 Supporters. – Referee Sandro Schärer.
Goals: 7. Stocker 1:0 (Petretta). 13. Campo (Frei). 40. Sorgic 2:1 (Tosetti). 47. Manzambi 3:1 (Zuffi). 57. van Wolfswinkel 4:1 (Campo). 75. Ajeti 5:1 (Elyounoussi). 86. Ajeti 6:1 (Oberlin).
FCB: Vaclik; Manzambi, Suchy, Frei, Petretta; Serey Die (46. Riveros), Campo, Zuffi; Stocker (76. Oberlin), van Wolfswinkel (67. Ajeti), Elyounoussi
FCT: Faivre; Kablan, Gelmi, Righetti, Facchinetti; Lauper, Hediger, Karlen (80. Huser); Tosetti (Ferreira), Sorgic, Spielmann (69. Hunziker)
Notes: FCB without Salvi, Vailati and Xhaka (all injured) and Lang (banned). FCT without Bigler, Bürky, Costanzo, Nikolic (all injured) and Glarner (banned). Substitutes FCB: Ajeti, Antonio, Balanta, Bua, Lacroix, Oberlin and Riveros. – Yellow Cards: 49. van Wolfswinkel. 58. Gelmi.– 21. Hit the post Suchy. 89. Manzambi rettet cleares the ball from the line after a shot on target by Hunizker.