El-Nenny scores own goal in FC Basel defeat
Mohamed El-Nenny and Ahmed Hamoudi featured FC Basel, the newly crowned champions of Switzerland, in a 2-1 away loss to Aarau last night. El Nenny, who played the full 90 minutes of the dead rubber contest scored an own goal early on in the clash.
FC Basel headed into the tie not needing anything from the game having been crowned champions the previous week. Both Mohamed El-Nenny and Ahmed Hamoudi were picked in the starting lineup, marking a rare appearance as of late for Hamoudi.
Aarau piled the pressure on the champions early on, with a goal being disallowed due to an offside in the 2nd minute for the home side after the ball was headed into the back of the net from a wide free kick. Three minutes later Aarau had their opening goal, which came in comical fashion at the end of a swift counter attack. A square ball played across the box fell to an Aarau striker who then tried to square the ball again. El-Nenny ran into to clear but over-ran and stabbed the ball into the top corner of the net to put the home side one up. 1-0 it ended at the break, with the game still hanging in the balance heading into the second half.
The second half didn’t bring much joy for FC Basel, and within three minutes of the restart Aarau had doubled the lead. A long ball from midfield for the home side caught the FC Basel defence napping, and Aarau striker Dusan Djuric pounced onto the ball on the left wing, cutting in and rifling a brilliant strike across the face of goal and into the top right corner of the net, leaving FC Basel custodian Germano Vailati stranded.
Ahmed Hamoudi was substituted in the 58th minute, making way for Shkelzen Gashi, with the Egyptian winger putting in a tidy shift, unfortunately to no avail in terms of any goals or assists. Four minutes after Hamoudi made way, Basel were handed a lifeline in the game courtesy of Cameroonian born youngster Breel Embolo. Embolo latched on to a brilliantly slick FC Basel passing movement to finish a one on one with Aarau keeper Joel Mall into the bottom left corner of the net.
The match finished 2-1 with the home side holding on for only their 5th win of the current season, still leaving them in the relegation place at the bottom of the Swiss Super league. The loss for Basel did nothing to the outcome of the league, with Basel having been crowned champions the previous week, now holding an unassailable 11 point lead over 2nd placed Young Boys with one game to play. FC Basel play their final game of the season in the league next week, away to Thun on the 26th of May.
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