Basel vs. Bayern München  1 - 0

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Heynckes still confident despite Basel loss

23 February 2012 03:41

Bayern Munich coach Jupp Heynckes says he is still confident of making the Champions League quarter-finals after his side's 1-0 loss to Basel.

A Valentin Stocker goal with five minutes remaining was enough to give Basel the honours in the round-of-16 first-leg tie at St Jakob-Park, but Heynckes insists his team will respond in the second leg in Munich on March 13.

"It's an uncomfortable situation, but I have been in these situations before in my coaching career," Heynckes said.

"It was a balanced match with good chances for either side. We lost 1-0 and now we're not in an ideal position ahead of the second leg. In the build-up to their goal, we didn't attack aggressively enough."

"We are making a lot of mistakes. The alarm bells are ringing, though we have a second leg and can still correct this result. It is certainly possible to beat Basel 2-0 at home."

"At the beginning of the game we had two huge chances and should have taken the lead. In these matches you need to make the most of your chances."

Basel coach Heiko Vogel was delighted with the result and said his team will take a lot of confidence into the second leg.

"At the break I told the lads that we needed to make more of our possession," Vogel said.

"Now we are in a great position ahead of the second leg. My team have unbelievable willpower, a good sense of who they are and a healthy self-confidence."

"We're aware that this is only a partial success."

"However, we have a perfect harmony. Everyday we enjoy the work we do and that will pay off at some point."

"This victory is one thing; the overall result another. But we are capable of scoring away goals and if we do that in Munich it will be very difficult for Bayern."

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Champions League: Basel 1 Bayern Munich 0

22 February 2012 23:03

Basel pulled off a shock 1-0 home win over Bayern Munich in their Champions League round-of-16 first-leg tie at St Jakob-Park on Wednesday.

Substitute Valentin Stocker scored the only goal of the game with five minutes remaining, but the real hero was Yann Sommer, whose heroics in goal halted the visitors time and time again, preserving a slender advantage for the second leg in Munich on March 13.

The game started at breakneck pace, and the visitors almost made the perfect start four minutes in. Arjen Robben's pass picked out Franck Ribery inside the area, but his effort from close range was thwarted superbly by Sommer.

Ribery was at it again a few minutes later when he was played through on goal by Philipp Lahm, forcing Sommer to palm away his low effort at his near post.

The Swiss club took little time in recovering from the early pressure though, and were increasingly able to get forward and find space in and around a suspect Bayern back four.

With 15 minutes gone, Manuel Neuer was called into action to block Marco Streller's flick at the near post.

The Germany number one made an even better save a minute later, showing fantastic reflexes to push Aleksandar Dragovic's point-blank header onto the post.

Chances were coming thick and fast, and the home side were cursing their luck again moments later after Joo-Ho Park teed up Alexander Frei inside the area for a first-time shot that smacked off the crossbar.

The tempo of the game died down somewhat as the first half wore on, but Sommer was called into action again on the half-hour mark to get strong hands on David Alaba's effort from range. Somehow, the match entered half-time with the score still goalless.

Basel created the first opportunity after the interval with Streller easily out-jumping Lahm in the area, but his header was lacking and was saved by Neuer.

In stark contrast to the opening exchanges, the second period unfolded in a relatively uneventful fashion, as both teams lacked the spark in attack that was so evident in the first half.

Lahm tried to kick things into life in the 66th minute when he let fly from 25 yards out, but Sommer got across well to tip the shot wide.

The Basel 'keeper was equal to everything Bayern could throw at him, and came up with the goods again with 20 minutes remaining, rushing off his line to block from Mario Gomez.

Sommer's heroics were rewarded with five minutes remaining, as substitute Jacques Zoua strode across the edge of the Bayern box and played in Stocker, who had enough time and space to slot past Neuer and send the Swiss fans into dreamland.

Bayern were unable to muster a response in the time that remained, leaving Basel with a one-goal lead to protect in the second leg at Allianz Arena in three weeks' time.

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Champions League preview: FC Basel v Bayern Munich

22 February 2012 01:47

Bayern Munich hope to take the next step on the road to a home Champions League final when they visit Basel in the round-of-16 first leg.

With this season's showcase finale to be staged at Munich's Allianz Arena, Bayern are desperate to make it all the way in the competition for the first time since 2010, when they lost 2-0 to Inter Milan in Madrid.

By their own high standards, Bayern have been inconsistent in the Bundesliga this term.

They dropped points in a frustrating 0-0 draw at Freiburg on Saturday, and now trail league leaders Borussia Dortmund, the defending champions, by three points in the standings.

They encountered fewer difficulties in the group stages of the Champions League, with Bayern finishing top of Group A ahead of Napoli, Manchester City and Villarreal.

In Basel they face one of the tournament's surprise packages.

The Swiss champions earned second place in Group C courtesy of a 2-1 win at home to Manchester United, sensationally dumping last year's finalists out of the competition at the first hurdle.

Few could begrudge Basel their unexpected place in the knockout rounds.

As well as the home win over United, they also earned a 3-3 draw with the English Premier League champions at Old Trafford, beat Romanian newcomers Otelul Galati home and away, and also earned a 1-1 draw away to Portuguese heavyweights Benfica.

There will be an interesting subplot to Wednesday's match at St Jakob-Park. One of Basel's star men, Swiss international Xherdan Shaqiri, agreed a switch to Bayern earlier this month.

But with the move to be completed at the end of the season, Shaqiri is free to face his soon-to-be employers on the biggest stage, and the Kosovo-born 20-year-old is sure to be out to impress.

Continuing the connection between the two clubs, Basel are coached by German Heiko Vogel, a former youth team trainer with Bayern between 1998 and 2004.

During his time at the club, Vogel helped to nurture the likes of Thomas Mueller, Holger Badstuber and club captain Philipp Lahm, all of whom are likely to be in the starting 11 against Basel on Wednesday.

Vogel served his apprenticeship alongside former Bayern midfielder Thorsten Fink at Ingolstadt.

Fink led Basel to the Swiss title in 2009/10, before moving to Hamburg last year, leaving Vogel to take up the reigns.

It remains to be seen if the 36-year-old coach and his players can register another shock against one of the few teams equipped to challenge Barcelona and Real Madrid for this year's crown.

Super League table

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2 6 +3 13
3 6 +2 10
4 6 +5 9
5 6 +0 8

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2 0 +0 0
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