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El-Nenny and Hamoudi’s Basel advance to the Round of 16 after drawing in Liverpool

Posted on December 10, 2014


and will get their first ever taste of knockout football, thanks to a 1-1 draw at Anfield with a lacklustre side.

Liverpool started off on the front foot, as Gerrard shot at goalkeeper Tomas Vaclik in the second minute. Henderson tried his luck one minute later, but failed to get his effort on target.

Basel took 13 minutes to register their first shot of the game through Gashi, but the ball flew just wide of the top corner.

Nine minutes later – after some increasingly physical play from both teams – El-Nenny almost claimed an assist after Marco Streller’s shot from the former’s cross into the box was blocked by Johnson.

Liverpool failed to heed the warnings, however, and Basel took the lead in the 25th minute in impressive fashion. Frei feinted past his defender, played a crisp one-two with Luca Zuffi before slotting home from the edge of the area with Mignolet stranded.

The hosts attempted to reply immediately afterwards, but Vaclik easily held on to Sterling’s effort from just inside the penalty area.

Basel attempted to take matters into their own hands for the remainder of the first half; after missing a few chances, Gashi had a goal ruled out for offside, as the pressure mounted on Brendan Rodgers’ men.

Liverpool made two changes at the break, with Markovic and Moreno replacing Lambert and Enrique respectively.

Four minutes after the restart, El-Nenny was fouled by Brazilian Lucas Leiva, who was shown a yellow card for his troubles.

Nine minutes later Markovic was sent off for clawing Safari in the face, as Liverpool struggled to get back into the game.

Twenty minutes from time Coutinho replaced Lucas, as Streller made way for Embolo.

Both sides continued to trade attacks, but Liverpool were the team that managed to get their final ball right as Gerrard curled a free-kick emphatically past Vaclik and into the top corner in the 81st minute.

El-Nenny was substituted two minutes later, with Marcelo Diaz replacing him, as the Swiss champions held out for a historic result at a traditionally tough venue.

Basel have qualified in second place in Group B as runners-up to Real Madrid, and will face one of the first placed teams from the other groups. The draw for the round of sixteen will be held in Nyon, Switzerland, on the 15th.


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