Basel 3 - 0 Maccabi Tel Aviv

Match info: Europa League - Round of 32 at St Jakob Park

Date: 27/02/2014 KO: 18:00 Ref: I Bebek Att: 14,100

Home team/scorers Scores Away team/scorers

Basel

Valentin Stocker 18
Marco Streller 60,71

3
vs
0

Mac Tel Avi


FT (ht: 1-0)

Aggregate Score: 3-0

  • Last Updated: February 27 2014, 20:16 GMT

Basle booked their place in the last 16 of the Europa League with a convincing 3-0 win over Maccabi Tel-Aviv at St Jakob-Park.

Yeini keeps track of Streller
Yeini keeps track of Streller

The Swiss side, who dropped into Europe's second-tier competition after exiting the Champions League before Christmas, were never in any danger of relinquishing the slight advantage they gleaned from a goalless first leg, as a Valentin Stocker goal and Marco Streller's brace saw them through.

Maccabi rarely threatened in the course of a lacklustre 90 minutes, although the Israelis at least have the comfort of knowing Basle cannot cause them any further hurt this season having already lost to the Swiss champions in the third qualifying round of the Champions League back in August.

A far tougher assignment lies in wait for Basle, however, with Austrian outfit Salzburg - so impressive in routing Ajax 6-1 in the last 32 - their opponents in the next round.

Basle bossed the early possession on Thursday night and took the lead in the 18th minute with the first presentable chance of the contest, Behrang Safari the provider with a centre from the left which was met with a firm header into the left corner by Stocker.

Listless Maccabi failed to produce a response and nearly fell further behind in the 42nd minute when Stocker flashed an effort wide of the post from close range.

Maccabi finally came to life shortly before the hour when Rade Prica's shot was blocked by Arlind Ajeti and Maharan Radi saw his follow-up clawed away by Yann Sommer.

The hosts immediately capitalised on that escape by extending their lead on the hour, Serey Die's cross finding Streller who made no mistake with a headed finish.

And the result was put beyond any doubt in the 71st minute as yet another header undid the Maccabi defence, this time Stocker the provider for Streller to guide the ball into the right corner.


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