VIDEO: Salah assist not enough as FC Basel draw with St Gallen
Mohamed Salah and Mohamed El-Nenny started for FC Basel tonight in a daft 1-1 draw with St Gallen. The dynamic duo, who have started every league game of the season so far for the Swiss powerhouse played 72 and 90 minutes respectively.
In a slow first half chances were few and far between. FC Basel started the game off well, playing some fast paced attacking football within the first ten minutes, some of which involved Salah and El-Nenny. Despite a comfortable spell of possession and a couple of half decent chances within the first ten minutes, FC Basel lacked the spark needed to generate a goal. As the half wore on, St Gallen took control, forcing some fantastic saves from the Basel keeper Sommer.
The best chance of the half for Basel’s Pharaohs fell to Salah, who was nearly able to capitalise on a St Gallen defensive error in the 23rd minute. A mix up between Salah and Andrist ended any chance of a goal though, with the defence quickly recovering to put the ball out.
The second half was a much more open game. In the 52nd minute, El-Nenny nearly had a chance to convert his first goal for Basel after a neat one-two exchange with Salah on the edge of the area, but the final ball from Salah was weighted too heavily, moving swiftly beyond the reach of El-Nenny. Six minutes later, with a play started by El-Nenny in the middle of the park, Salah managed to chest down and flick on a ball played to him on the edge of the area for Taulant Xhaka to emphatically blast the ball into the bottom left corner of the net, leaving the keeper stranded.
This second assist in his first three league games of the new campaign was one of Salah’s final acts though, being subbed off two minutes after El-Nenny received a yellow card for a challenge in the 70th minute. El-Nenny saw out the 90, with an equaliser being scored by the home team in the 82nd minute as a result of some slack defending.
With the final score ending at 1-1, Salah and El-Nenny’s FC Basel will be hoping for a much better result mid week, with the second leg tie in the UEFA Champions League qualifying round taking place away against Maccabi Tel Aviv of Israel, followed by a home game against FC Zurich next Sunday.
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