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Egypt’s Omar Gaber wins Swiss league title with Basel


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Basel sealed their eighth straight Swiss Super League title after a 2-1 win against Luzern, with Steffen and Doumbia scoring the decisive goals for the reigning champions.

Egypt international Omar Gaber, who joined Basel during the 2016 summer transfer window, remained on the bench as his side secured the title. He became the fourth Egypt international to win the league title with Basel after Ahmed Hamoudi, Mohamed Elneny and Mohamed Salah.

Luzern XI: Omlin; Juric; Schurpf; Affolter; Grefther; Schneuwly; Costa; Itten; Kryeziu; Knezevic; Neymayr.

Basel XI: Vaclik; Traore; Lang; Serey Die; Delgado; Steffen; Suchy; Elyounoussi; Xhaka; Akanji; Doumbia.

Basel went into the game knowing that a win would ensure that they couldn’t be caught by their nearest rivals Young Boys. Their opponents, Luzern, are enjoying a decent season of their own, finding themselves in 4th place, so it wouldn’t be an easy feat for them however they simply need to avoid losing all of their remaining games to secure the title.

They got off to a dream start as Seydou Doumbia made it 1-0 in the first three minutes. The Ivory Coast international latched onto a pass by Moroccan-born Mohamed Elyounoussi, and his finish was too strong for the keeper to save.

Basel could feel that the title was imminent, and they were playing free-flowing football as they searched for the decisive second goal. Marek Suchy found the back of the net with a header, however, it was ruled out due to a foul.

After a dominant first half, Basel picked up where they left off in the second half as they continued to press for a second goal, with Renato Steffen finding himself on the end of most of the chances.

Steffen’s good movement in and around the box eventually paid off as he scored a sublime goal from just outside the area in the 71st minute.

Basel began to play at ease, and this eventually showed as Marco Schneuwly scored a consolation goal for Luzern, but it wasn’t enough to dampen the mood as Basel closed out the game to win 2-1.

The win means that Basel have won their 20th Swiss Super League title, moving to within seven of record holders Grasshopper. As a result, Basel will now have two stars above their badge, as they receive a star for every 10 titles won.

Basel now effectively have nothing to play for in their six remaining league games, and their main focus for the rest of this season will be their cup final against Sion on May 25.

Match Reporter and Editor at Quantity surveyor from South East London. Support Leyton Orient and Inter at club level. Due to my mixed heritage I also support England, Egypt and Poland at national level. If it involves a stadium and a football then I'll watch it.

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