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Gaber starts in thrilling 2-2 draw against Vaduz


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Egypt international Omar Gaber played 70 minutes as Basel claimed a 2-2 draw against FC Vaduz on Saturday in gameweek 29 of the Swiss Super League.

Basel managed to snatch a draw in the dying minutes of a thrilling home game against FC Vaduz, with Gaber being included in the starting line-up for the first time since March 5. Danish-Egyptian Yones Felfel, who plays for Vaduz, watched the entire game from the bench.

The 51-year-old Basel manager, Urs Fischer, started the game with a 4-2-3-1 formation, which saw the inclusion of the ex-Zamalek captain Omar Gaber, playing as an inverted full back on the left flank of the pitch.

Vaduz had total control over the starting minutes of the match and managed to score after just 11 minutes after Basel’s defence was caught off guard from a poor pass by Suchy which made Maurice Brunner go and hit the ball into the back the net with an easy finish.

A couple of minutes later, Basel got back into the game by a cross from Gaber which was cleared into a corner before Janko was able to head the ball. Basel were able to equalise just before the half-time whistle with a powerful header from Delgado following a cross from Elyounoussi.

The game restarted with the same scenario of the first half with Vaduz, who are trying to escape the relegation zone, taking control.

Ten minutes into the second half, Basel started to pick their feet up again with long balls from both Gaber and Lang into the 18-yard box as they hoped for an opportunity to break through the draw but were unfortunate with that due to Vaduz’s defensive composure.

At the hour-mark, the Swiss giants took total control of the game from Vaduz, leaving only their center backs on the half-line and pushing all of the team inside the opposition’s half in an attempt to kill the game.

Twenty minutes from time, Fischer substituted both Gaber and Delgado for Traore and Doumbia to boost his attacking position and to change the formation to 3-5-2 instead of playing with four at the back. As a result of Fischer’s risk, Basel conceded a goal from a decent counter-attack, which was finished perfectly in the right bottom corner by Kukuruzovic with 10 minutes remaining.

Basel refused to give up and managed to score in the dying moments of the game from a clinical header from Doumbia after having some quality chances with one of them being actually scored but then denied by the referee for an offside.

Following the draw, the Swiss giants are on top of the league standings on 74 points, while Vaduz are at the bottom with 23 points. Basel’s next game will be an away match against Luzern on April 28.

Reporter at KingFut and a Broadcast Journalism senior at Misr International University.

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