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Egyptian duo enter late as FC Basel down St. Gallen ahead of UCL clash

Posted on October 19, 2013

Egyptian duo and El-Nenny came on as second-half substitutes as sealed a 3-0 win at home against St. Gallen on Saturday.

Fabian Frei, Marco Streller and Taulant Xhaka were all on target as Basel claimed a 3-0 victory ahead of their upcoming UEFA Champions League Group E clash with FC Steaua Bucureşti this week.

Salah & Elneny

Image via AbdulRahman Magdy (@ARahmanMagdy)

21-year-old Egyptian duo Mohamed Salah and , who recently returned from international duty following a humiliating 6-1 defeat in Kumasi, only played the final 20 minutes as they were given a rest ahead of the crucial match in Bucharest on Tuesday.

The win keeps Basel on top of the with 25 points from 12 games, but Grasshoppers, who are on 19 points, could soon equal their tally as they have two games in hand.

Egyptian winger Salah was included in UEFA’s Team of the Week for the first round of the group stages after inspiring the Swiss champions to victory over Mourinho’s men at Stamford Bridge.

FC Basel were later shocked at home as they lost 1-0 against FC Schalke in their second match in Group E, thanks to a wonder-goal from Schalke’s Julian Draxler.

Salah has had the highest number of attempts on target for Basel in the UEFA Champions League so far with six, and is currently their top scorer in Europe with three goals.


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