FC Basel 1893
Donnerstag, 12.12.2019 // 21:45 Uhr

On Thursday 12. December 2019, in the sixth and final UEFA Europa League group stage fixture, FC Basel 1893 beat Turkish club Trabzonspor A.S 2-0. Silvan Widmer scored in the first half and Valentin Stocker in the second half. The 17,921 spectators at St. Jakob-Park enjoyed an exciting game with many chances. With this victory, FCB secured first place in Group C after playing a strong group stage. The draw for the next round will take place next Monday.

Before the game:


In the last home game of the year and the sixth and final UEFA Europa League group stage fixture, FCB welcomed the Turkish top club Trabzonspor A.S to St. Jakob-Park. There was a premiere: Basel have never previously hosted Turkish club in the group-stage of a European Cup in St. Jakob-Park.


FCB qualified for the round of the last 32 prior to their fixture against Trabzonspor, who have no chance of qualification. Nevertheless, something was at stake on Thursday evening: For Marcel Koller's team it was all about the group victory.


The first half:


FCB got off to a good start, causing danger inside their opponents penalty box. A minute after kick-off Afimico Pululu´s header narrowly missed the goal after a well taken corner kick by Luca Zuffi.


As the first half progressed the visiting team become stronger creating chance after chance: First Donis Avdijaj´s volley (13.) was blocked by Jonas Omlin (13). Doğan Erdoğan hit the crossbar with a solid header (15.) and then FCB defender Raul Petretta cleared the ball from the goalline goal, preventing the Turks from scoring.


Three chances for the visitors but no goals - FCB was more successful : Turkish goalkeeper Erce Kardeşler deflected Arthur Cabral´s header, allowing Silvan Widmer to knock the ball into the back of the net (21.), 1:0!


The 17,921 spectators at St. Jakob Park witnessed a cold (2 degrees ) and entertaining first half, with several chances on both sides. FCB were one goal ahead at half time.


The second half:


Trabzonspor created some chances at the start of the second half but failed to score. FCB were however closer to scoring: Afimico Pululu picked up some pace and hit the crossbar with a solid shot (57.).


Substitute Noah Okafor also had the chance to score: Just minutes after being substituted onto the pitch he created some space in front of goal goalkeeper Erce Kardeşler had no problem saving Okafor´s harmless attempt on target (67.).


70 minutes into the fixture, FCB managed to score again: Basel benefited from an opposing mistake - Taulant Xhaka snatched the ball, set up Noah Okafor on the left, who flanked the ball into the center, where Valentin Stocker worked his magic, 2:0! (72).


Basel´s captain scored the deciding goal. The fixture ended with a well-deserved 2:0.


After the game:


Marcel Koller's team showed a strong performance in the Europa League group-stage, collecting a total of 13 points and thus the group victory.


THE FIRST GAME AND THE FIVE GOALS AT HOME AGAINST FC KRASNODAR WAS A HIGHLIGHT. ALSO THE  AWAY game AGAINST GETAFE WAS great for our SELF-CONFIDENCE, especially as the SECOND half was tough and HAd to overcome the finl minutes of the fixture with one man down.

FCB coach Marcel Koller commented on the group stage highlights.


FCB´s next game takes place on Sunday: It´s the last Raiffeisen Super League fixture of the year. FCB face Lucerne, away from home.




FC Basel 1893 – Trabzonspor A.S 2:0 (1:0).

St. Jakob-Park. – 17'921 Zuschauer. – SR Aleksandar Stavrev (MKD).

Tore: 21. Widmer 1:0 (Cabral). 72. Stocker (Okafor).


FCB: Omlin; Widmer, Cömert, Alderete, Petretta; Xhaka, Frei; Stocker, Zuffi (78. Campo)., Pululu (66. Okafor); Cabral (70. Ademi).


Trabzonspor: Kardeşler, Asan, Hosseini (70. Campi), Ivanildo Fernandes, Dursun; Erdoğan, Parmak, Onazi (51. Akpinar); Üzüm, Ekuban (78. Baykuş), Avdijaj.


Notes: FCB without Kuzmanovic, Bua und van Wolfswinkel (all injured). Substitutes FCB: Nikloić, Campo, Okafor, Riveros, Zhegrova, Bergström, Ademi – Verwarnungen: 17. Parmak 55. Asan. – 15. Erdoğan, header onto the crossbar. 57. Pululu hit the crossbar.

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