Basel 3 - 0 Sporting Lisbon

Match info: Europa League - Group G at St Jakob Park

Date: 22/11/2012 KO: 18:00 Ref: Paolo Valeri Att: 13,066

Home team/scorers Scores Away team/scorers

Basel

Fabian Schar 23
Valentin Stocker 67
David Degen 72

3
vs
0

Sporting


FT (ht: 1-0)

  • Last Updated: November 21 2012, 14:20 GMT

Sporting Lisbon midfielder Stijn Schaars believes his side will be the underdogs in Thursday night's UEFA Europa League clash against FC Basle.

Stijn Schaars: 'The favourite doesn't always win'
Stijn Schaars: 'The favourite doesn't always win'

The Portuguese side are bottom of Group G with just two points and a defeat in Switzerland would spell the end of their European campaign this season.

A win for coach Franky Vercauteren would keep Sporting's Europa League dream alive into their final group match against Hungarian side Videoton, but they would need a win and have to rely on other results if they are to progress.

However, that would all count for nothing if they are beaten by third-placed Basle, who they trail by three points.

Schaars, who will miss Thursday's decisive match through suspension, is remaining confident Sporting can win and build on their 1-0 domestic win over Braga.

"The favourite doesn't always win," the Dutch midfielder told www.sporting.pt.

"I just hope that the team is prepared, because we can only move forward in the Europa League if we win. The win against Braga gave us confidence and I hope that we will now see a better Sporting."

Basle will still have it all to play for in their final group game against table-toppers Genk regardless of the result against Sporting.

The Swiss side are only one point behind Videoton with two games left to play, but must overcome a more than 450-minute goal drought against Sporting if they want to boost their chances tomorrow night.

Basle could only manage a 0-0 draw against their Portuguese opponents in Lisbon earlier in their Europa League campaign despite their opponents being reduced to 10-men for most of the second half after Xandao was sent off.

They will now face Sporting in the knowledge that one of their most influential players, striker and Switzerland's record scorer Alexander Frei, will retire at the end of the season.

Frei, 33, told reporters last week: "I've come to realise that there are more important things than victories and defeats. I want to make sure I am firing on all cylinders right until the end."


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