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VIDEO: El-Nenny features, Basel exit the UCL against Porto
With the scores finely poised at 1-1 after the first leg in Switzerland a fortnight ago, Basel entered this game knowing that they had to score in order to have any chance of progressing. As it transpired, though, the Portuguese side were too good on the night, and ran out 4-0 winners. Despite this, Mohamed El Nenny was one of Basel’s best performers on the night, especially in the first half while Ahmed Hamoudi had earlier pulled out of the squad injured.
Porto took the lead after 13 minutes when Yacine Brahimi curled a beautiful free-kick past the wall leaving the Basel goalkeeper with no chance. Brahimi is the only player in this season’s Champions League to score two free-kicks.
The hosts were forced into making and early substitution after goalkeeper Fabiano and right-back Danilo collided whilst trying to clear the ball during a Basel attack. Danilo was taken away in an ambulance and replaced by Bruno Martins Indi, but thankfully the Brazilian international later regained consciousness at a nearby hospital.
Basel’s only chance of the first half came just two minutes before the interval when Gashi found a yard of space, but he failed to get enough power on his shot, and it trickled just wide of Fabiano’s far post.
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Porto went in at the interval a goal up but any hopes of Basel mounting any sort of comeback were dealt a huge blow just two minutes into the second half after Héctor Herrera fired past Vaclík from just outside the area to extend the hosts lead. The Mexican international now has four goals in the Champions League, this being his first at the Estádio do Dragão.
Stunning goals are often hard to come by, but there was no shortage of them in this game, and just less than ten minutes after Herrera’s golaço, Casemiro got one of his own after he blasted a 30-yard free-kick past the Basel wall and into the top corner. The goalkeeper was just inches from saving it, but it was always going to be tough.
At this point, the tie was over for Basel, and Porto never extended their lead further until 15 minutes before the end, when Abubakar fired in from 20-yards whilst being tracked by three Basel defenders to complete the rout.
Walter Samuel received a late red card for the away side, and some may say that he should have been off sooner as the Argentine defender had been testing the referee not just throughout this game, but also in the first leg where he was lucky to finish the game.
4-0 is how it ended, and Basel’s attention now turns to Sunday’s league tie against St. Gallen.
Mohamed El Nenny finished the game as one of Basel’s better performers with the most interceptions (4), tackles (4), and joint 2nd highest passing accuracy among the Basel squad.