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Gruia (ATT 16,000) 15th September 2010 - Kick off 19:45 Ref: A Kelly

Cluj CFR Cluj-Napoca vs Basel Basel

Cluj 2

I Rada (9)
L Traore (12)

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Basel 1

V Stocker (45+2)

Cluj edge close contest

Basel fightback in vain as Romanian hosts hold on for maximum haul

Last Updated: 15/09/10 10:52pm

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Cluj kick-off their campaign with three points

Cluj kick-off their campaign with three points

Cluj made light of replacing their coach just 48 hours before kick-off as they kicked off their UEFA Champions League campaign with a 2-1 win over FC Basel.

The Romanian hosts made a flying start as goals from Ionut Rada and Lacina Traore in the first 12 minutes put them on course for a maximum haul.

Cluj, in their second Champions League campaign, fired Andrea Mandorlini on Monday after an indifferent start to the season and replaced him with Sorin Cart and it was an impressive display with which he marked his debut in the dugout.

Valentin Stocker's goal on the stroke of half-time gave Basel hope of an unlikely comeback but Cluj repelled their second half attempts at finding a leveller.

Both teams won league and cup doubles in their respective countries last season but are rank outsiders in a group which also features Bayern Munich and Roma.

The Romanians made a flying start, taking the lead in the ninth minute when defender Rada rose above the Basel defence to head in from a corner.

Flying start

Three minutes later, Ivorian striker Traore headed the second after Juan Culio chipped the ball back from the byline following a quick counter-attack.

After a bright start, Cluj dropped back into defence and the game turned scrappy. With dozens of empty seats and no stand at all behind one of the goals, it felt anything like a match in football's richest and most prestigious club tournament.

Cluj goalkeeper Nuno Claro made his first save just after the half hour, turning a Benjamin Huggel header over his crossbar, but was beaten in first-half stoppage time when Stocker scored with a near post header from a corner.

Basel had plenty of possession in the second half although they failed to create many clearcut chances while the Romanians occasionally looked threatening on the break.

Substitute Scott Chipperfield had Basel's best effort when his header was tipped over by Claro.

CFR ClujTeam StatisticsBasel
2Goals1
21st Half Goals1
3Shots on Target3
1Shots off Target5
4Blocked Shots4
5Corners13
17Fouls17
6Offsides3
2Yellow Cards1
0Red Cards0
66.7Passing Success87.5
19Tackles12
89.5Tackles Success83.3
29.3Possession70.7
44.2Territorial Advantage55.8

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