Basel Eliminate Liverpool From Champions League

Liverpool’s Uefa Champions League journey came to an end as they played to a 1-1 draw against Basel in a Group B match at Anfield on Tuesday.  The Reds had to win the match to earn a place in the knockout stages of the competition but found themselves trailing by a goal until the last ten minutes of the game.  The Swiss club finished second in the group with seven points, 11 behind group leaders Real Madrid.

The Spaniards thumped Ludogorets 4-0 in the other group B match on the night.  The draw was not enough for Liverpool as they finished third with 5 points.  Basel had the first chance in the 13th minute through Shkelzen Gashi who fired into the side net from 14 yards out.

Basel’s Fabian Frei broke the deadlock in the 25th minute with a low shot into the corner of the net to make it 1-0.  The visitors should have added to Liverpool’s misery by doubling their lead in the 33rd minute.  Marco Streller’s volley from a corner skewed to the wrong side of the goal post.

The second period started slowly and a handful of chances were created.  To pile more misery on the hosts Lazar Markovic was shown a straight red card on the hour mark for slapping Behrang Safari, however being a man down did not stop Liverpool from trying as they eventually were rewarded an equaliser in the 80th minute through captain Steven Gerrard, who found the back of the net with a spectacular 22-yard free kick to make it 1-1.

A draw was not enough to see them through as Basel held on for the draw and claimed a spot in the knockout stages of Champions League.