FC Basel record away league win over Grasshopper
Omar Gaber came on as a second half sub to help his side return to winning ways in the Swiss Super League.
While FC Basel were looking to bounce back from a small blip to their superb league campaign, Grasshopper looked to recover from a woeful run of matches. That had lost three straight games, in all competitions.
Omar Gaber started on the bench and his team didn’t seem to miss him so much. FC Basel got close to scoring in the first minute of the match. The Argentine, Matìas Delgado sent his header wide from close range.
He got his name on the scoresheet in the 17th minute then scored a second in Basel’s next chance, on 22 minutes. After Traore was brought down in the box, Delgado was tasked with taking the penalty and he made no mistake.
Grasshopper raised their game after falling two goals behind. They made their first good foray, forward, on the half hour mark but a goal did not come to fruition.
The two teams then spent the last 15 minutes of the first half locked in a stalemate. Neither side was able to create problems for the opposing defenders.
This continued well into the second half and it didn’t change until Grasshopper looked to change things from their bench. The visitors were also forced to make changes in response. Omar Gaber came on in the 60th minute for, the injured, Michael Lang.
The change coincided with the home team’s ascendancy in the game. In the 67th minute, Grasshopper’s closest chance fell to Sigurjónsson but he sent his volley wide.
The hosts continued to attack and won a number of corner kicks but they did not make anything out of them; keeping the scoreline 2-0 to Basel at full-time.
FC Basel’s win means the runaway Swiss League leaders are now 15 points ahead of the second placed, FC Sion. They next host PSG in the UEFA Champions League.
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