2:1 VICTORY IN OSIJEK-FCB QUALIFY FOR NEXT ROUND

FC Basel 1893
Donnerstag, 17.09.2020 // 22:35 Uhr

On Thursday, September 17, 2020 FC Basel 1893 won their UEFA Europa League, 2nd qualifying round fixture against NK Osijek, 2-1. FCB laid down the foundation for this success with a solid and dominating first half performance. Rot-Blau scored both goals in the first half: Arthur Cabral and Valentin Stocker were the goal scorers. After half time, the hosts were the better team, but only scored the 2-1 five minutes before the end. Next Thursday, FCB will host Anorthosis Famagusta FC in the third qualifying round of the UEFA Europa League.

(Translated by Thomas Snaith)

 

BEFORE THE GAME:

 

In his first professional fixture for FCB, Ciriaco Sforza  played a 4-4-1-1 system with Arthur Cabral up front and Ricky van Wolfswinkel as a hanging striker. A row further back,  FCB´s home grown talents came into play with Valentin Stocker, Samuele Campo, Fabian Frei and Afimico Pululu eager to succeed.  In defense, new addition Andrea Padula added to Basel´s defensive quality with Silvan Widmer, Eray Cömert and Omar Alderete – infront  of keeper Djordje Nikolic.

 

After the quarter-final against FC Shakhtar Donetsk in August, it was the second time for FCB that a single game in the European Cup would decide on qualification or elimination: There was  a lot at stake at the start of this new season.

 

THE FIRST HALF:

 

The FCB seemed inspired by the fact that they were playing away from home and with new coach. FCB put on the pressure as soon as the fixture kicked off. Rot-Blau showed off some great passing skills, creating  several opportunities. The boys from Basel were rewarded after just 20 minutes of play: The goal scorer Arthur Cabral was at the origin of the opening goal. He launched Afimico Pululu with a wide ball, who  passed his opponent, playing the ball to Valentin Stocker. Captain Stocker crossed to Cabral who scored with his head.

 

THE FIRST HALF WAS VERY STRONG. WE WERE FOCUSED, DYNAMIC AND CONFIDENT ON THE BALL.

Ciriaco Sforza

 

Even after the lead, FCB remained dominant and didn't give the Croatians any chances. On the contrary - Rot-Blau created opportunities and shortly before the break, Valentin Stocker made it 2-0. Afimico Pululu passed on Widmer´s long throw-in to Stocker, who powered the ball into the near corner. The lead was deserved.

 

THE SECOND HALF:

 

After half-time, FCB could no longer maintain putting on the pressure. The Croatians were better now and had opportunities from the 60th minute onwards. A shot from Petar Bockaj (62nd) just missed the target as well as Vedran Jugovic´s attempt just a little later. In the 79th minute, Djordje Nikolic prevented a subsequent goal by deflecting a Ramón Miérez shot onto the post. Quality save from FCB´s keeper.

 

WE WILL HAVE TO ANALYZE THE SECOND HALF, THERE ARE THINGS WE HAVE TO IMPROVE.

Ciriaco Sforza

 

Five minutes before the end of the fixture Ante Majstorovic scored for the home team, heading the ball past  FCB goalkeeper Nikolic. Rot-Blau managed to end the fixture with a 2:1 victory.

 

AFTER THE GAME:

 

FCB survived this this knockout round; thanks to a convincing first half. FCB could not maintain a similarly strong performance in the second half, but managed to qualify for the next round of the competition.

 

WE ALLOWED OUR OPPONENT TO PLAY THEIR GAME IN THE SECOND HALF, BUT THE  VICTORY WAS MOST IMPORTANT.

Fabian Frei

 

FC Basel have now qualified for the third round of the competition and face Anorthosis Famagusta FC from Cyprus next Thursday. But first, the championship kicks off in Switzerland: FC Vaduz will host this in Basel on Sunday (4 p.m., St. Jakob-Park).

 

DAS TELEGRAMM:

 

NK Osijek – FC Basel 1893 1:2 (0:2)

Stadium Gradski vrt. – No supporters. – Referee José Luis Munuera Montero (Spain).

Goals: 18. Cabral 0:1 (Stocker). 44. Stocker 0:2 (Pululu). 84. Majstorovic 1:2 (Pilj).

 

Osijek: Ivusic; Silva, Skoric, Majstorovic, Oliveira; Jugovic, Zaper, Kleinheisler (76. Pilj); Bockaj (81. Grgic), Erceg, Grezda (64. Mierez).

 

FCB: Nikolic; Widmer, Cömert, Alderete, Padula; Stocker, Campo (85. van der Werff), Frei, Pululu (70. von Moos); van Wolfswinkel; Cabral (63. Ademi).

 

Notes: FCB without Isufi, Marchand, Petretta, Xhaka and Zuffi (alle injured). Substitutes FCB: Ademi, Bunjaku, Kalulu, Lindner, Riveros, van der Werff and von Moos. – Yellow Cards: 39. Widmer. 49. Cabral 69. Zaper. 75. Silva. 86. Padula. 91. Stocker. 91. Bjelica . – 71. Nikolic with big save, deflecting  Mierez´shot onto the post.

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