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Basel come from behind twice against Wolfsburg
Omar Gaber played 45 minutes as FC Basel came from behind twice to draw 3-3 with former Bundesliga champions Wolfsburg in an extremely entertaining friendly match.
Basel XI: Vaclik; Gaber; Traore; Zuffi; Delgado; Steffen; Suchy; Balanta; Xhaka; Calla; Doumbia.
Wolfsburg XI: Casteels; Schafer; Bruma; Dost; Gerhardt; Trasch; Dante; Guilavogui; Didavi; Seguin; Knoche.
Both sides were hoping to bounce back from recent friendly losses, with Basel hoping to improve on their 1-0 friendly loss to Monaco, while Wolfsburg lost to Brendan Rodgers’s Celtic side.
Czech defender Marek Suchy was almost forced off with injury in the opening minutes; however, Basel was creating the early chances with Omar Gaber’s cross finding Ivorian striker Seydou Doumbia, who failed to capitalize.
Due to the recent heatwave in Europe, the game was being played in 30 degrees Celsius. Thus, the referee allowed water breaks for the players. Not long after the first break, Dutch international Bas Dost showed his clinical nature as he scored with his first shot of the game, to give Wolfsburg the lead.
From there, Wolfsburg dominated the first half forcing Vaclik into some decent saves. Basel would then come close just before half time, with veteran midfielder Matias Delgado hitting the post.
Omar Gaber was replaced at half time. Early in the second half, forward Max Kruse doubled the Germans’ lead with a powerful strike against the run of play.
Midway through the second half, Basel’s squad was almost entirely different to the one that started the game, and the substitutions paid off, as Mark Janko got the Swiss champions back into the match from Lang’s cross.
Within minutes, it was all square again thanks to Daniel Hoegh’s header. However, the quick-fire goals weren’t over, as Daniel Caligiuri restored Wolfsburg’s lead with a stunning goal from distance.
In the closing stages of the game, new signing Mohamed Elyounoussi scored a header with Lang as the provider once again, making it 3-3.
The game failed to produce many more chances, and the goalfest ended in a draw.
Basel will surely be the more satisfied side with the result, as many of their new signings put in solid performances, and these results can be expected in a transitional phase for the club. The Swiss club will be happy to see the new players start to gel before their defense of the Swiss league title. Wolfsburg will be hoping to get their preseason momentum going against Sporting CP, before their opening Bundesliga fixture away at Augsburg.