Basel produced another Champions League shock clinching a dramatic 1-0 victory over Bayern Munich to pile the misery on Germany’s biggest club. The humble Swiss team,who qualified for the last 16 at the expense of Manchester United,had St Jakob-Park rocking again as substitute Valentin Stocker scored an 86th-minute winner.
While Basel’s players milked the crowd’s acclaim,Bayern trooped off thinking the unthinkable. Their Allianz Arena hosts the final this year but after failing to score an away goal they are in serious danger of their dream being dashed in the last 16.
Franck Ribery had a shot blocked by Sommer in the third minute and was denied shortly afterwards when he was sent clear but Sommer pushed his effort into the side-netting as Bayern made a promising start. The woodwork saved Bayern three minutes later when Alexander Frei,Switzerland’s record international goalscorer,crashed a shot against the crossbar from 12 metres after a Park Joo Ho’s slide rule pass found him free in the middle. Robben set up one chance for David Alaba and the Austrian’s shot from the edge of the area was parried by Sommer. Bayern looked more likely winners but were stunned four minutes from time. Jacques Zoua,another Basel substitute,made a powerful run across the edge of the area and slipped the ball to the unmarked Stocker,who fired between Manuel Neuer’s legs to send the St Jakob-Park crowd wild.
Inter shocked by Marseille
Inter Milan paid the price for their negative tactics as the 2010 European champions were stunned by an Andre Ayew stoppage-time goal to lose 1-0 at Olympique Marseille. Ayew broke the deadlock with a glancing header from Mathieu Valbuena’s corner in the third minute of time added on leaving the Inter players shaking their heads in disbelief as the French side stretched their unbeaten run in all competitions to 16 games.