Basel and Sevilla goalless to leave it evenly poised ahead of the second leg

Basel and Sevilla goalless to leave it evenly poised ahead of the second leg
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Basel: Vaclik, Lang(Traoré, min. 45), Suchy, Samuel, Safari, Zuffi, Xhaka, Bjarnason, Delgado,(Fransson, min. 85), Steffen, Janko.
Sevilla: Soria, Coke, Rami, Kolo, Trémoulinas, N'Zonzi, Cristofofo, Vitolo,(Konoplyanka, min.64) Banega, Krohn-Dehli, Gameiro.(Llorente, min.73)
REFEREE: Anthony Taylor (ENG). Booked: Samuel (min. 8), Banega (min.37), Cristóforo (min.41), N'Zonzi (min.76), Trémoulinas (min.87),

19:51. Unfortunately, that's all we've got time for tonight. I've been Tom Mason, taking you through Basel's 0-0 draw with Sevilla. Until next time, goodnight!

19:49. That's it, no goals for either team. Sevilla played a strong team and controlled the game for long periods, but couldn't quite get the win. Still, you'd fancy them to progress when the tie concludes in Spain next week. 

Full-time: Basel 0-0 Sevilla

88: The former Stoke City midfielder is shown a second yellow with just two minutes remaining meaning he will miss the return leg back in Spain next week. 

RED CARD! N'Zonzi is shown a second yellow

87: Trémoulinas is booked late on for a late tackle.

85: Basel make another change as Fransson is brought on for Delgado in the closing stages.

80: Konoplyanka has a shot on goal which comes close but, Vaclík is there to make a very good save to keep his side level on the night.

76: N'Zonzi is the latest to go into the book as he sees yellow for a foul on Steffen. 

73: The second sub of the night for the visitors as Llorente comes on in the place of Gameiro for the last twenty minutes of the first leg in Basel.

72: Traoré  has another effort on goal but, his effort is well wide of the target. Niether side have created many clear openings in the second half so far and this match looks set to end goalless.

69: Gameiro takes an effort on goal from just inside the box but, Vaclík is there to make a crucial save and send it out for a corner. Banega took the corner but it evaded everyone and went out for a Basel throw-in.

65: Sevilla make their first change of the evening bringing on Konoplyanka in the place of Vitolo for the final 25 minutes or so.

60: N'Zonzi almost breaks the deadlock from just outside the box after good work down the the left from the former Stoke man enables him to get a path onto goal but, his effort is a tame one and is easily saved in the end.

57: Half-time sub Traoré misses a glorious chance as he cuts inside from the left but, he drags his effort well wide of the post. Both sides wouldn't want to lose it but, will feel like they can get something more than a draw from the match.

49: Much like the first half the second half has been end to end but, as of yet there hasn't been any real clear-cut chances for either sides. Can Sevilla get that crucial away goal to take into the second leg in Spain a week today?

45: We're back underway, the second half has began. There was one change made at the break for the hosts as Traoré has come on for M. Lang. The visitors are unchanged for the second half.

18:50. Other half-time scores from the Europa League 6PM KO's are as follows: Shakhtar Donetsk 2-0 Anderlecht​ and in Dortmund, B Dortmund are 1-0 up against Tottenham in Germany.

18:46. No goals yet here, with an end-to-end match being played out, one that's had few clear cut chances. The closest we have come to a goal was early in the match in seventh minute when Janko was played through one on one but, his effort was well wide of the target.

Half-time: Basel 0-0 Sevilla

41: Another yellow card this time for Cristóforo of Sevilla for a foul on Basel's Zuffi. 

37: Banega is the latest to go in the book as he sees yellow for a late tackle on Xhaka. Suchý took the free-kick and like many of the other deleiveries in the first-half it wasn't up to the standard that it should be at this level of the game.

31: Samuel needs to be carefull after picking up a yellow card earlier on and, he gives away another foul on Krohn-Dehli and he really needs to watch himself if he is to finish the match on the pitch. Banega takes the free-kick but, is unable to make it pay as his delivery is very ordinary.

27: Cristóforo is penalised for a foul on Xhaka who, gets up to send the ball in but, it evades everyone and goes out for a Sevilla goal-kick.

25: Sevilla have really found their feet in this one across the past few minutes and are really growing into the match and look the most likely to grab the opener. They continue to pile on the pressure and win a corner, which Banega swings in but, the Basel keeper Vaclík is able to make a straight forward grab.

21: Coke has a shot blocked by Delgado which sends the ball out for a corner, Banega takes the corner but it comes to nothing and Basel clear the inital danger.

17: Cristóforo is penalised for a foul on B. Bjarnason deep inside the Basel half. Samuel takes the kick and sets it up field but, the long-range switch leads to nothing and ends up going out for a Sevilla throw-in.

12: It's been real end to end stuff so far from the two sides and even though we haven't even played fifthteen minutes yet it looks like being an incredibly tight tie between two excelent sides.

9: N'Zonzi misses the target and has blown his chance to give his side the early lead. Will they be made to pay for this early miss?


8: The first booking of the came has come after just eight minutes, and it has gone to Basel's Samuel for a rash challenge. From the resulting free-kick Banega blazzes over the bar from 20 yards out.

7: Basel have the first chance of the match as Janko is played through one on one but, his effort is a disapointing one and misses the target by some distance.

3: An even start to the game as both teams settle into the match. The first real chance of the match came from a free-kick after a foul from Suchý, it was taken by Kolodziejczak but, his effort was easily saved and the score remains goalless.

0: The match is under way in Basel.

17:55. There's a fantastic atmosphere in Basel, and the players are coming onto the pitch with us just five minutes away from kick-off. 

17:48: We're just over ten minutes from kick-off in Basel, where Sevilla look to continue their great recent record in the Europa League after winning the compettion in the past two seasons.

17:02. And lining up for Basel, Vaclik, Lang, Suchy, Samuel, Safari, Zuffi, Xhaka, Bjarnason, Delgado, Steffen, Janko.

17:00. It's team news time! Here's the Sevilla 11: Soria, Coke, Rami, Kolo, Trémoulinas, N'Zonzi, Cristofofo, Vitolo, Banega, Krohn-Dehli, Gameiro.

As for the team news, Basel will be without Breel Embolo, who serves a suspension. The swiss side will also be without a number of key players for the visit of Sevilla. The players who will be missing the visit of the Spanish are Akanji, who will be out with a knee-injury; Boëtius who is out with an ankle injury, also out is Šporar with a foot injury. Two other players who will miss the match are B. Bjarnason and Vaclík who will be out with Wrist and Groin injuries respectivley. As for Sevilla it's much more straight forward for them as they are only without one player for the trip to Basel, Pareja who misses out with a knee injury.

Last season Basel weren't in the Europa League as they were in the Champions League, where they reached the last 16 before being beaten by FC Porto 5-1 on aggregate. As mentioned earlier, Sevilla won the trophy and so it is a very tricky task to beat the Spanish side and Sevilla head into this tie as heavy favourites to progress through to the quarter finals.

Domestically, Basel are in good form and have won three of their last four matches, drawing the other one. In terms of their most recent game, this came all the way back on the 28th February against FC Thun where they drew 1-1 away from home. The reason behind them having no match last weekend was due to it being postponed due to weather conditions. As for Sevilla, they enter this in tie similar form to Basel as they have won two of their last four matches in the league, drawing the other two. Their most recent game came in on Saturday evening when they drew 1-1 with Getafe, a result which saw them rise to fifth place in La Liga still eight points off the Champions League places.

In European action so far this season Basel have lost just one time at home in their six home games, winning the other five. Sevilla have lost all four of their away fixtures in this seasons edition of the competition, this is somewhat of a surprise as they went unbeaten throughout last season's knockout stage, going on to lift the trophy, beating Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk in the final to win the Europa League for the second season in succession.

This fixture is the first meeting between the two sides in European competition. Basel have played 16 times against Spanish opposition in total and unsurprisingly don't have the best of records against them, as they have won just two of them 16 matches, drawing four and losing the remaining ten. Sevilla's most recent fixture against Swiss opponents came back in 2006 when they faced Grasshopper Club Zürich and they won easily 4-0 in the group stages.

Good afternoon, and welcome to VAVEL UK's live minute-by-minute commentary of today's Europa League fixture between Basel and Sevilla. It's Switzerland - Spain as Sevilla travel to Basel in the first-leg of the last 16 of the Europa League, where kick-off is set for 6:00pm. Until then though, we'll have built up to the game and get that all important team news, so keep with us!