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VIDEO: El-Nenny assists Basel’s third in 3-0 league win
FC Basel won their third Swiss Super League game in a row, fifth in all competitions, to maintain their two-point lead at the top of the table, with Egypt international Mohamed El-Nenny playing a role in their 3-0 win against Aarau, while Ahmed Hamoudi was an unused substitute.
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Basel applied immense pressure on their opponents since the first whistle of the game. The home side came close to scoring multiple times during the opening minutes before Gashi scored the game’s first goal for the Swiss champions after a defensive mistake by Nganga.
Basel continued their high tempo game during the first half but failed to add any more goals to their tally.
Aarau’s keeper, Joël Mall, continued his brilliant performance in the second half, making some tough saves to prevent any balls going past him.
In spite of having nearly no chances, the visitors came near to scoring in the 60th minute, which surely reminded Basel’s manager Paulo Sousa that he only has a one-goal lead.
Mohamed El-Nenny came on in the 66th minute for Matias Delgado as Basel’s first substitution in an attempt to take even more control over midfield.
A few minutes after coming on, the Egyptian midfielder nearly got his name on the scoresheet after his chance went wide of the post by a meter or two.
Gashi then scored his second of the night bringing the score to 2-0. With a few minutes to go, Walter Samuel was introduced into the game returning from injury.
Just before the final whistle, 22-year-old El-Nenny executed a brilliant cross to 17-year-old Cameroon-born Breel Embolo – who renewed his contract with the club a few hours prior to the match until December 2017 – who scored a diving header to make the score 3-0.
FC Basel remain top of the table with 35 points, just two points clear of rivals FC Zurich.
Basel play two tough matches in the space of four days, playing Real Madrid on the 26th of November and their biggest rivals FC Zurich on the 30th.
Mohamed El-Nenny was nominated for the 2014 African Player of the Year award along with the likes of Aubameyang, Yaya Toure and Gervinho. The winner to be announced on the 8th of January during the CAF awards ceremony in Nigeria