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VIDEO: El-Nenny scorcher gives Basel win over Fiorentina
FC Basel midfielder Mohamed El-Nenny has scored a spectacular long-range shot to give his team all three points in a 1-2 away win in their Europa League opener against Fiorentina.
Fiorentina’s summer signing Nikola Kalinic gave the Italian side the lead in the third minute with a controversial goal as he took advantage of a joint defensive mistake between Basel’s back-line and goalkeeper Tomas Vaclik before handling the ball with his hand after losing balance to open the score.
A turning point occurred midway through the second half, when Fiorentina defender Gonzalo Rodriguez was handed a straight red card after a nasty challenge on Breel Embolo leaving him in pain on the pitch.
Five minutes after Gonzalo’s expulsion, Basel leveled the scoreline thanks to Bjarnason’s strong strike that bounced off the bar to the back of the net.
Basel continued their pressure on La Viola, as Egypt international Mohamed El-Nenny came up with a rocket from 25 yards that left goalkeeper Luigi Sepe with no chance, scoring the winner for Basel and giving them their first win in the Europa League’s group stage.
Watch El-Nenny’s glorious goal: