FC Basel 1 – Bayern Munich 0


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South Korea international defender JOO-HO PARK (3) of Swiss Super Liga club FC Basel, signed from Japanese outfit Jubilo Iwata this past summer, fends off the challenge of Bayern Munich’s Holland World Cup winger ARJEN ROBBEN of Bayern Munich during the first leg of the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 tie at Sankt Jakob Park in the north of Switzerland.
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February 22, 2012
UEFA Champions League
Round of 16, first leg

1 – FC BASEL (Switz) ————————— Stocker 86′
0 – BAYERN MUNICH (Ger)

Strong goalkeeping throughout and a very late strike were pivotal as underdog FC BASEL remained disciplined and patient to pull off a second consecutive, major upset at home by conquering visiting BAYERN MUNICH 1-0 on a bumpy pitch in the first leg of the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 tie.

France World Cup winger FRANCK RIBERY had a pair of fantastic opportunities for Bayern Munich at close range in the early going but was denied by a pair of superb reflex saves from FC Basel’s one-time Switzerland U-21 international goalkeeper YANN SOMMER. At the other end of the pitch, Germany World Cup netminder MANUEL NEUER was needed by the visitors to stick out a hand tip a menacing shot from FC Basel’s Switzerland World Cup striker MARCO STRELLER over the bar. Neuer then just got enough of a touch to deflect a fierce header from Austria international defender ALEKSANDAR DRAGOVIC against the post, the rebound being hacked off the line to safety by Brazil international right back RAFINHA.

FC Basel had, perhaps, the best chance of the first half when South Korea international defender JOO-HO PARK provided Switzerland World Cup striker ALEXANDER FREI with a superb ball for the former Borussia Dortmund front man to smash off the crossbar with a left-footer, first time.

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France World Cup winger FRANCK RIBERY, who has totaled 12 goals from 38 matches in Europe for Bayern Munich in his career to date, fails to beat FC Basel and one-time Switzerland U-21 international goalkeeper YANN SOMMER (1) from close quarters during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 clash at Sankt Jakob Park.
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Bayern Munich began to exert more and more authority as the match wore on and might have had a goal or two ahead of the halftime whistle if not for the strong work of Sommer, who finished with eight saves, between the FC Basel sticks at Sankt Jakob Park; indeed, the Bavarians would end up outshooting their hosts on the whole of the evening by the margin of 13-7, according to the official website of the UEFA Champions League.

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Switzerland international midfielder XHERDAN SHAQIRI of FC Basel, who has already been transferred to play for the record German champions in the Bundesliga next season, shields the ball from Bayern Munich captain and Germany World Cup defender PHILIPP LAHM during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 match at Sankt Jakob Park.
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The hosts, who had scored a famous victory over English Premier League giant Manchester United on the final day of group play earlier this season in the UEFA Champions League, stayed organized at the back while patiently waiting for their chances to get forward and counterattack. These opportunities dropped off considerably after Streller, the former Vfb Stuttgart and 1.FC Koeln striker, sent a header straight at Neuer early into the second half. With Sommer in fine form, a goalless draw looked to be the most likely result with time winding down.

But FC Basel’s German trainer HEIKO VOGEL, who was a youth coach with Bayern Munich for many years until departing for FC Ingolstadt 04 in 2007, would make a pair of somewhat less-than-conservative substitutions that would pay a tremendous dividend late. Cameroon international striker JACQUES ZOUA had only been on the pitch for the home side a few minutes when he took possession at the edge of the area on the right and began his fateful run into the center. A surgical pass, then, caught the Bayern defense ball-watching found fellow second half substitute VALENTIN STOCKER all alone on the left with just the goalkeeper to beat.

The 22-year-old striker, who has already earned nine caps and scored three goals for the senior national team of Switzerland, had no trouble nutmegging the Bayern Munich netminder and sending the FC Basel supporters at Sankt Jakob Park, understandably, into a genuine state of delirium.

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Germany World Cup winger and Bayern Munich second half substitute THOMAS MUELLER (25) goes airborne in a collision with FC Basel goalkeeper YANN SOMMER as Austria international defender ALEKSANDAR DRAGOVIC (6) observes during the first leg of the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 tie at Sankt Jakob Park in Switzerland.
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FC BASEL : Sommer – Steinhoefer, Abraham, Dragovic, Park – Shaqiri (Zoua 83′), Huggel, Xhaka, F. Frei (Stocker 66′) – Streller, A.Frei (Cabral 90′)

BAYERN MUNICH : Neuer – Rafinha, Boateng, Badstuber, Lahm – Tymoshchuk, Alaba – Robben, Kroos (Olic 89′), Ribery (Mueller 71′) – Gomez

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