Basel lose again in Champions League

Swiss football club FC Basel have lost 2-1 to Bayern Munich – having led 1-0 at half-time – in their second of six Champions League matches.

This content was published on September 29, 2010 - 08:46 and agencies

Bastian Schweinsteiger scored the winning goal at St Jakob’s Park, Basel, in the 89th minute.

After leading the game in the first half, with a well-worked goal by Alex Frei in the 18th minute, Basel were overpowered in the second half in front of 37,500 fans.

Schweinsteiger's first was from the penalty spot in the 56th minute after Basel midfielder Benjamin Huggel brought down Thomas Müller.

Basel coach Thorston Fink said it “wasn’t cleverness” but “luck for Bayern”.

“The loss hurts a lot. We had good goal chances and the team played well. The minimum of a draw would have been just,” he said.

Clashes ahead of the game led the police to arrest some 80 people.

This second defeat – they lost to Romanian side Cluj earlier in the month – compromises Basel’s chances of reaching the last 16 in the Champions League, European football’s most prestigious club tournament.

Their next match is against Italian club Roma on October 19.

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