YB continues to steer clear of the Premier League. With their ninth win of the season, the leaders from Bern extended their lead over second-placed Servet to seven points. With one game less, Basel is already 14 points behind the Young Boys.
The fact that more than 31,000 spectators at the completely sold-out Wankdorf could celebrate their home win was in the balance in an amazing match for a long time. It wasn’t until the 93rd minute that Vincent Ciero made it clear with a delicate kick.
Basel pushes YB against the wall
Basel coach Alex Frey’s halftime lecture doesn’t seem to have failed to make an impact. Bayern overwhelmingly beat Bernese in the second 45 minutes and created many chances. Of the 13 shots scored by Basel, only Bradley Fink (52′) fell into the net.
RIBA Basel’s Opportunity owes in part to David von Palmos. The YB goalkeeper showed a very strong match and passed, among other things, a penalty kick (51). Rafael Wiki’s team found their way back into the game only with the passage of time and took advantage in the 87th minute of Basel’s having to try to outdo Michael Lang after a red card.
The trained variable puts YB at the fore
Before the break, little was mentioned about this exciting final stage. YB dominated the match and, thanks to Fabian Rieder, steered the game in the desired direction early on:
- 7 minutes: Ryder lost his sights in a rehearsed free kick by the Basel defence. At the height of the penalty kick, the 20-year-old fired a free flat by Kastriot Imeri. The youngster uses the “penalty kick” to give the home team an early lead.
- 23 minutes: Wouter Burger lets Rieder steal the ball in the middle circle. This sends Meshak Elijah down, who runs away from Kasim Adams and enters him to make the score 2-0.
There was little to be seen from the guests from Basel in the first half. The best chance for a goal was missed by Liam Millar, who fired a free kick into the opponent’s penalty area in the 41st minute. Symbol of the unfortunate performance of “Baby”, the ball fell into the hands of the Canadian instead of the goal.
Here’s how to proceed
Next week for the English language in the Basel program. And on Thursday, Bayern will fight in Yerevan in the conference league for a place in the knockout stage before the second leg against Sion on Sunday. YB is the guest of first stalker Servette on the same day.
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