UCL Rewind: Basel, Marseille score late to stun Bayern Munich, Inter Milan

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By JOHN BOSCHINI

Late goals were on display yet again as a pair of stubborn underdogs put a couple of European giants in shaky standing in the UEFA Champions League Round of 16.

Bayern Munich provided most of the pressure but were fairly inept in front of goal and were punished in the closing stages against FC Basel, surrendering a late goal in a 1-0 loss in their first leg in Switzerland. Substitute Valentin Stocker's left-footed shot beat Manuel Neuer in the 88th minute as the Swiss side once again shocked a big European side.

It was Basel who ended Manchester United's Champions League campaign prematurely by defeating the English giants in the final game of the group stage and relegating them to the UEFA Europa League.

Basel was at it again on Wednesday, hitting the woodwork twice in the first half. Several stunning saves from goalkeeper Yans Sommer, including one from six yards out on Franck Ribery, kept Basel level on the scoreboard.

The second half belonged to Bayern Munich, as the Bundesliga giants exerted their muscle. Philipp Lahm and Mario Gomez couldn't beat Sommer with their chances, though, and Jacques Zoua found Stocker in the center of the box for the shock winner.

MARSEILLE 1, INTER MILAN 0

Inter Milan didn't seem likely to surrender a goal despite conceding most of the possession, but they were punished with the final play of the game against Marseille, extending their winless streak to seven games across all competitions. Marseille seemed equally content to play for a draw until Andre Ayew slipped in between two defenders to head home the winner in the 93rd minute to give the French club the upper hand heading into the return leg.

The 17 shots for Marseille do not tell the full story on how few chances the home side had, although Inter did not put up much of a fight, either. Marseille goalkeeper Steve Mandanda tipped Diego Forlan's shot over the bar in the eighth minute in what was Inter's best opportunity of the first half.

The second half saw little improvement. The home side's first real chance came in the 79th minute, when Ayew couldn't find the target with a header. He had no such problem 13 minutes later, when his header beat Julio Cesar.

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11 Responses to UCL Rewind: Basel, Marseille score late to stun Bayern Munich, Inter Milan

  1. TomG says:

    Spicy win by Basel….. Groan

  2. TomG says:

    Both winners at home? So no real blood drawn, but surprising, nonetheless.

  3. biff says:

    I think the ref would have let FC Bayern players get away with murder against Basel. About a minute after Robert Muller got subbed in during the second half he hunched down running full speed and rammed into the Basel goalkeeper Sommer with his shoulder, knocked Sommer flat and he stayed down three or four minutes. Muller should have been booted off the field with a red card but the ref let him off with only a yellow. And then a few minutes later Badstuber did a vicious tackle from behind on a Basel player without touching the ball and not even a foul was called.

    Bayern’s hard hitting shows how nervous and desperate they are getting, after no goals the past two games, including last weekend against Freiburg, the Bundesliga cellar dweller. If Bayern falls to Schalke at home on Sunday, I would not be surprised if Jupp Heynckes is shown the door. Ribery, who missed two easy goals early, refused to shake Jupp’s hand after being yanked in the second half.

  4. Polo says:

    I jumped up of my couch when I saw that. He just hunched over and went full speed into the keeper.

    That tackle by the corner flag was simply ridiculous. The linesman was mere feet away and the Bayern player made no attempt at the ball. Full studs up contact into the side of the Basel player’s legs and no call. I was blown away.

  5. wes says:

    I’m not sure what difference it makes, but Muller made clear contact with the ball prior to taking out the keeper. He couldn’t have caught some of the ball if he let up the slightest, and that is what happens. Yellow card seemed appropriate, red would have been harsh. He has no history of malicious tackles, and he was just trying to make a play, which happened to be physical.

  6. Ref says:

    Let’s not forget Chelsea and Real Madrid losses…It’s good to see some different teams winning.

    Way to go L’OM

  7. emman says:

    thomas muller?

  8. Eric says:

    Why were the sideline stands in Marseilles completely empty??

  9. bryan says:

    madrid tied, n00b.

  10. ESBLima says:

    Probably UEFA stadium rules. They are more strict than most FA’s and usually seats have to be a certain distance from the field or have some barrier and other rules like that. If it is not that then maybe construction or something of the likes.

  11. ESBLima says:

    Construction for 2016 EUROs