VIDEO: Salah mercurial as FC Basel beat Lausanne 2-0
Mohamed Salah and Mohamed El-Nenny both played for FC Basel as they continued their fine opening to the 2013/2014 Swiss League campaign, with Salah instrumental for his side in their 2-0 win over FC Lausanne tonight.
In a fast-paced first half, FC Basel were on top from the start. In the 23rd minute, El-Nenny, who has already shown his shooting ability from range on numerous occasions, cracked one on target, and with the ball too hot for Lausanne’s keeper to handle, Mohamed Salah pounced but missed the target.
This was the best chance of the half until the 30th minute, when a foul on Marco Streller saw Basel awarded a penalty which Schär dispatched cooly. Basel went in to the break 1-0 up, with the long distance shot from El-Nenny being the only real moment of brilliance from the two young Pharaohs.
The second half began with a rapid tempo, with both teams having chances to score, but none being able to capitalise. As the second half grew, Salah began to show more and more of what he’s capable of, with some lung bursting runs down the left hand side, often being the target for counter attacks from many of Lausanne’s corners. The match was soured by an incident in the 61st minute, with players being sent off from both sides. After receiving a harsh tackle from Abdoulahed Chahksi, Valentin Stocker of Basel lashed out, subsequently resulting in the sending off of both players.
Within the last 20 minutes, Salah was mercurial, causing the Lausanne defence many problems. A brilliant reverse through ball from Salah was nearly turned into the net, only for it to be cleared off the line by a Lausanne defender, followed by Salah hitting the woodwork from an almost perfect free-kick that had the keeper rooted to his spot.
With El-Nenny pulling the strings in the middle of the park and Salah terrorising the Lausanne defence, FC Basel were in complete control by this point. The moment of the game was brought on by Salah in the 80th minute. A deep cross from Salah was intercepted by a Lausanne defender. The ball came out and Salah pounced, robbing the defender of the ball on the edge of the 18 yard box. After a slick 1-2 exchange with Streller, Salah near the by-line managed to pull off a mesmerising feint to trick the defence and square the ball to Streller, who hit it first time into the top corner to make it 2-0.
Salah was replaced in the 85th minute to a standing ovation from the FC Basel faithful, with El-Nenny remaining on the pitch until the final whistle. With this win FC Basel move to second in the league standings, pending results of tomorrows matches. Their next match, if they decide to play, will take place mid-week in a crucial UEFA Champions League qualifying first leg at home against Maccabi Tel Aviv of Israel.
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