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Just saw the first half of this, knowing that Basel were playing Liverpool in the week, and figured I could give them a spy in a time gap.

So, what happened? When I came into it, we were enjoying a spell of Thun pressure; they generally worked the ball pretty well around the box, but struggled to get it going inside the penalty area, until a quick ball towards goal found their forward just on the edge of the six-yard box. He released a snapshot that, erm, found the corner flag.

Meanwhile, Basel looked a little better when they went forward, certainly probing around the box with a little more purpose. Before half-time that resulted in a shot from near the penalty spot that was scrambled onto the bar, as well as a penalty appeal for Marco Streller that was a little harshly turned down. Streller, though has retained that ‘Swiss Samaras’ ability to annoy opposition fans and referee alike without really having any redeeming features. We certainly didn’t see the best of him in this game.

There was two goals in the second half of this (after I’d moved on) and that was probably fair on the balance of play in the first half, though I’m a little surprised Thun managed to get themselves forward well enough to grab a goal.

Entertainment Value? 5.5/10

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