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VIDEO: El-Nenny scores as Basel crash out of Swiss Cup

Photo: FC Basel official Twitter account

Photo: FC Basel official Twitter account

Mohamed El-Nenny scored his sixth goal of the year, but FC Basel fell in penalties to FC Sion to crash out of the Swiss Cup.

El-Nenny started in his usual holding midfield position for the Swiss giants in their Swiss Cup quarter final matchup. In an unusually uneventful first half, it was Sion who grabbed the lead. In the 37th minute, Gambian midfielder Pa Modou fired Sion ahead, although he seemed clearly offside. The first half ended with Sion holding on to a 1-0 lead.

In the 66th minute, Sion doubled their lead through Assifuah. However, in the 79th minute, FC Basel got a goal back, courtesy of Egyptian midfielder Mohamed El-Nenny. Basel were rewarded a free kick from 20 yards out, and El-Nenny sent a curling shot around the wall and into the bottom corner of Sion’s goal, leaving Vanins with no chance.

The defending Swiss champions continued to push for an equalizer and were rewarded in the 88th minute, when a penalty was awarded. Janko made no mistake from the spot, and Basil miraculously had tied the game. In the first minute of stoppage time, El-Nenny was booked for a professional foul on Carlitos.

Regulation ended in a 2-2 tie, and the game went on to extra time, during which neither side was able to find a goal. Thus, the game would continue onto penalties.

El-Nenny took the responsibility of the first spot kick, and he made confidently converted to give Basel the 1-0 lead in the shootout. However, Basel ultimately fell to Sion in the shootout 4-3, and they were eliminated from the Cup.

It should be noted that Basel are on top of the Swiss League, ten points ahead of second-place Grasshoppers.

Mohaned Ghanem, is a graduate of the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill. Avid supporter of all things Egypt, especially Al Ahly. Gooner.

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