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Yakin praises ´disciplined´ Steaua

7 November 2013 00:19

Basel manager Murat Yakin hailed his side's fighting spirit after they snatched a 1-1 draw against Steaua Bucharest on Wednesday.

Yakin's men fell behind 17 minutes into the UEFA Champions League Group E match when Federico Piovaccari got on the end of a fine ball from Lukasz Szukala to fire home.

Basel looked set to suffer frustration in their bid to force a leveller, but the Swiss team were rewarded for their tenacity in injury-time when substitute Giovanni Sio slotted past Ciprian Tatarusanu.

Sio's goal, his first in the Champions League, means Basel trail second-placed Schalke by a solitary point with two matches remaining.

"It's not undeserved that we scored the equaliser since the second half was often one-way football. We will take the positives from this game," said Yakin.

"We fought really well and showed a lot of morale. Our chances to progress from this group are still there."

Basel's next group match is at home against leaders Chelsea on November 26.

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Competition
UEFA Champions League
Date
6 November 2013
Game week
4
Kick-off
20:45
Half-time
0 - 1
Full-time
1 - 1
Venue
St. Jakob-Park (Basel)
Attendance
30704

Goals

0 - 1
17' F. Piovaccari
 (assist by Ł. Szukala)
G. Sio 90'+1
(assist by V. Stocker) 
1 - 1

Lineups

Substitutes

# Player Bookings
30 90+1'
21
7 86'
4
5
18
33

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