Crusaders 1 Basel 1 (1-3 on combination): Northern Irish staff withdraw from Europe after Basel draw

Liam Millar celebrates opening objective for Basel in North Belfast

The Crusaders impressed in a 1-1 house draw towards Basel, however the Irish League aspect had been overwhelmed 3-1 general within the Europa Convention League qualifiers.

Seaview’s aspect had every part to do after their 2-0 first leg defeat in Switzerland and fell additional behind when Liam Millar curled up within the higher nook.

Crues captain Billy Joe Burns deflected a Jarlath O’Rourke shot into the web to equalize early within the second half.

Jonathan McMurray got here near the hosts as Basel stored progressing.

A big crowd confirmed up in North Belfast when the Crusaders tried to provide a large upheaval towards a staff with a wealthy European pedigree.

The hosts had been the primary to threaten with a Ben Kennedy shot, earlier than preserving Basel at bay because of a well-organized and disciplined rearguard.

BJ Burns beat Basel goalkeeper Marwin Hitz to equalize in the second half
BJ Burns beat Basel goalkeeper Marwin Hitz to equalize within the second half

Basel lastly opened the sector when Fabian Frei’s large shot crashed into the crossbar, earlier than Andy Diouf noticed his shot deflected simply large.

Millar scored the turning level within the thirty sixth minute when the Canadian minimize in on the left earlier than sending the ball previous a tense Jonathan Tuffey.

Crusaders introduced a counterattack risk with Paul Heatley harmful on the left, whereas Jordan Forsythe trimmed from lengthy vary.

Stephen Baxter’s aspect equalized within the 53rd minute when a warning from Burns entered house to redirect O’Rourke’s shot previous Marwin Hitz.

Basel responded by urgent for a second objective and Darian Males whistled earlier than his highly effective shot was deflected out of objective.

The Crusaders nearly took benefit of a visitor error after 63 minutes when McMurray intercepted a weak header, however Hitz ran out to dam.

It was a golden alternative and the final of the match when Basel managed the finals to achieve the third qualifying spherical.



Coaching 5-4-1

  • 33Dive
  • 25ClarkeChanged forWeirto 72 ‘minutes
  • 2Burns
  • 3HegartyBooked at 70 minutesChanged forOwensto 82 ‘minutesBooked at 88 minutes
  • 20Larmore
  • 15O’Rourke
  • 19WinchesterChanged forMc Murrayto 60 ‘minutesBooked at 74 minutes
  • 7LowryBooked at 85 minutes
  • 14Forsythe
  • 22HeatleyBooked at 90 minutes
  • 8Kennedy


  • 6Weir
  • 9Lecky
  • 10He had
  • 17Patterson
  • 18Owens
  • 23McKeown
  • 24Robinson
  • 27Mc Murray
  • 36Pauley
  • 43Bar
  • 45Tomorrow

FC Basel

Coaching 4-2-3-1

  • 1Hitz
  • 5Lang
  • 6Giga
  • 4ComaChanged forKatterbachto 68 ‘minutes
  • 21PelmardoBooked at 74 minutes
  • 8Diouf
  • 20Frei
  • 19MalesChanged forNdoyeto 75 ‘minutes
  • 9AmdouniBooked at 21 minutes
  • 7MillarChanged forLtaiefto 90 ‘minutes
  • 11SzalaiBooked at 86 minutes


  • 3Katterbach
  • 13Secure
  • 16de Mol
  • 22Lopez
  • 23Hamburger
  • 24Tushi
  • 27Ndoye
  • 30Kade
  • 40Chipperfield
  • 42Ltaief
  • 72Padula
  • 96Mendes Mango Fernandes

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