Basel hold Red Devils
By Alex Livie
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
A fine goal from Christian Gimenez on 13 minutes had Basel dreaming of the quarter finals, but Gary Neville`s effort in the second-half brought them back down to earth.
Basel have impressed many with their composed play this term and they knocked the ball around with aplomb.
The Swiss side`s opener came as no surprise, as Julio Hernan Rossi beat Rio Ferdinand and Laurent Blanc to a through ball before laying it out wide. A deep cross found Gimenez in space and he demonstrated excellent chest control before slamming the ball past Roy Carroll.
Basel dominated United`s inexperienced midfield in the first-half, but the introduction of Ryan Giggs at the interval sparked the home side into life.
United pressed Basel back and scored a deserved equaliser from an extremely unlikely source.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer headed towards Gary Neville and he lashed a volley towards goal that took a wicked deflection off of Thimothee Atouba before beating Pascal Zuberbuhler.
The goal gave Sir Alex Ferguson`s side real confidence, but they failed to find a winner that would have extended their perfect run in the second phase of the Champions League to five games.
The Red Devils are away and gone at the head of Group D, but the second place is still up for grabs.
The game between Juventus and Deportivo La Coruna looked set to finish all square, but Igor Tudor popped up deep in injury-time to give the Turin side an amazing 3-2 win.
Ciro Ferrara headed Juve in front on 12 minutes, but Roy Makaay fashioned an equaliser as his neat cross on 34 minutes provided Diego Tristan with a simple chance.
Deportivo`s dominance paid off on 53 minutes when Makaay notched his ninth goal of the competition with a fine turn and shot from the edge of the box.
Juve were staring elimination in the face but upped the pace and snatched an equaliser from David Trezeguet on 63 minutes.
A draw would have been a fair result but Tudor`s volley from the edge of the area sent the Spaniards spiralling out of the competition.
Basel entertain Juve next week, while United travel to Spain to face Depor at the Riazor.
Juve are strong favourites to go through, as they will qualify unless Basel win by four or more.
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