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Mohamed El-Nenny scores as FC Basel beat Grasshoppers
Egyptian midfielder Mohamed El-Nenny started and played 90 minutes in FC Basel’s 2-1 victory over mid table Grasshoppers in the Swiss Super League tonight. El-Nenny managed to score his sides first in the victory, opening up a 14 point lead over second placed Young Boys in the process. Ahmed Hamoudi, Basel’s other Egyptian, was not included in the match day squad.
El-Nenny’s side went into the break 1-0 down courtesy of a 45th minute bullet of a header from Grasshoppers Yoric Ravet. The hosts resilient defence came undone after a left footed cross came into the area to Ravet, who finished with aplomb with a powerful header into the top left hand corner of the net, leaving FC Basel goalkeeper Tomas Vadik rooted to the spot. With Grasshoppers holding the momentum, the second half was on a knifes edge, with Basel looking for the 3 points to further consolidate their position at the top of the league standings.
It took 9 second half minutes for the equaliser to come, and it was El-Nenny who got on the scoresheet for his side, rather fortuitously, scoring his second goal of the season. A cross into the box was headed out by a Grasshoppers defender, falling straight to El-Nenny, who controlled with his chest and volleyed a shot on goal. The ball, which was on target regardless, hit a defender in the process, with the deflection steering it past Grasshoppers goalkeeper Vaso Vasic and into the back of the net.
Four minutes later and the hosts had the lead after a brilliant goal from Swiss midfielder Davide Calla. With pressure being applied from the hosts onto the visiting defence, Calla broke free at the back post to steer a cross into the box into the bottom left corner with a perfectly timed volley. The goal ended up sealing the game for Basel, running out eventual 2-1 winners despite some attacking pressure from Grasshoppers late on.
FC Basel now have a 14 point lead over second placed Young Boys, who have a game in hand. The Swiss giants could seal the title in the coming weeks pending results of other games, with five games remaining in the Swiss Super League season.