FC Basel 2-2 Fiorentina: As it happened
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Basel confirm their progression as group winners, which means it's all to play for when Fiorentina meet Belenseses in the final group game in a fortnight's time.

Full-time: Basel 2-2 Fiorentina.

84': Substitutions for Fiorentina: Badlej and Bernardeschi off, Gilberto and Babacar on.

76': Safari delivers a tantalising centre towards Embolo but the forward cannot direct his header on target.

As it stands, Basel are heading through while Fiorentina will be forced to play a decider against Belensenses in the concluding tie next month.

73': Fiorentina's clearance falls to the midfielder's feet and, in an instant, he takes one touch to control and stabs his effort into the far corner.


70': In a moment that encapsulates the tone of this second period, Vecino pilfers the ball from Embolo and the forward commits the most cynical of fouls in frustration.

66': In Basel, meanwhile, Fiorentina are defending resolutely as Basel continue to probe.

And right on cue, Marco Parolo restores the home side's advantage. 2-1 in the Olimpico.

In Rome, meanwhile, Dnipro have equalised. The pressure continues to mount on Stefano Pioli.

60': Elneny darts into the box and goes flying under the challenge from Astori, but the referee waves away the midfielder's appeals.

56': Elbows galore as Astroi catches one in the face from Embolo.

50': Alonso curls the ensuing free-kick inches round the post.

49': Suchy is booked for a foul on Kalinic.

45': Fiorentina get the second-half underway!

Bernardeschi and Badelj have been bright for the visitors, while Embolo, coveted by many sides across Europe after his recent domestic form, has been a thorn in Fiorentina's rearguard.

Half-time: Basel 1-2 Fiorentina. La Viola raced out in to a two-goal thanks to a Federico Bernardeschi brace, but Marek Suchy profited from the visitors numerical disadvantage -- with Roncaglia having been dismissed for a ill-advised elbow on Embolo -- to reduce the arrears.

45': Rodriguez and Janko each cautioned for a tussle inside the penalty area.

39': Embolo's point-blank header is saved spectacularly by Sepe but Suchy, up from the back, is quick to pounce on the rebound and plunder into an empty net. 1-2.


35': Stemming from a poor clearance, La Viola work it crisp via Marcos Alonso and the Spaniard's unerring cross is collected by Kalinic. With a defender tight on his tail, the Croat tees up Bernardeschi from close-range and the winger strokes it beyond Vailati for the second time this evening.


33': Basel shift possession out wide but Xhaka's ambitious effort flies over Sepe's crossbar.

32': Substitution for Fiorentina: Ilicic off, Tomovic on.

31': The hotsts now monopolising possession and could well grab a leveller before the interval.

30': CHANCE! Fiorentina cannot clear the danger and Elneny fires just over.

25': A hare-brained moment for the defender, who swings his elbow at Embolo as both tussled for possession. A backs to the wall mission for the visitors?


22': Bjarnson is pilfered in possession before Kalinic collects the ball. Off balance, the Croat lays it off to Borja Valero who slides in Bernardeschi in acres of space and the Italian U21 international curls his effort round Vailati. 1-0 Fiorentina.


22': Safari booked for an ill-advised trip on Ilicic.

15': Bernardeschi tees up Badelj but the midfielder drags his shot wide of the mark.

11': Neat interchange from Ilicic and Bernardeschi but the latter cannot thread his final pass through to Kalinic.

9': An ebb and flow feel to this game.

5': Bernardeschi unleashes an effort at goal but lacks sufficient power and the goalkeeper collects comfortably.

Meanwhile, Lazio, who ensured of qualification with a win against Rosenborg, have taken the lead against Dnipro. Antonio Candreva with his second goal in as many games.

2': Penalty cries as Ilicic knocks the ball inside and Elneny meets it with his hand.

1': Basel get us underway!

FC Basel (4-5-1): Vailati; Xhaka, Lang, Suchy, Safari; Elneny, Embolo, Zuffi, Bjarnson, Boetius; Janko.

Fiorentina XI (3-4-2-1): Sepe; Roncaglia, G. Rodriguez, Astori; Bernardeschi, Badelj, Vecino, Marcos Alonso; Borja Valero, Ilicic, Kalinic.

Josip Ilicic has been a revelation this campaign; his elegance, fleet-footedness and awareness a joy to watch. His display against Sampdoria at the Marassi will have had scouts of football's heavyweights taking notice.

Milan Badelj has also enjoyed a breakout season in midfield, while Fancundo Roncaglia, having honed his talent under Gianpiero Gasperini in Genoa last term, has returned to slot into Sousa's preferred back three.

La Viola dismantled Inter in their own backyard and the two dovetailed to net the second of the evening. Four days earlier, the two combined to open the scoring against Bologna at the Artemio Franchi. 

The Spaniard, farmed out to Bolton and Sunderland in previous seasons, has established himself as one of the most all-rounded full-backs on the peninsula, striking a devastating rapport with the Croat.

So, too, has Marcos Alonso, architect of the second, shone under Sousa's tutelage.

After finding themselves 2-0 down at half-time, Sousa sent for his talisman and he duly delivered, scoring twice to earn La Viola a creditable point.

The Croat has netted nine goals this campaign and struck twice more against Empoli at the weekend.

Key to it has been Nikola Kalinic, captured from Europa League finalists Dnipro, leading the line. 

Having claimed successive league titles in Israel and Switzerland, Sousa returned a rejuvanated man and has quickly instilled a crisp, dynamic possession system that has drew La Viola plenty of admirers.

But when Paulo Sousa was hired, formerly of Basel, ironically, enough, it sent several eyebrows skywards.

Questions arose when Vincenzo Montella, now of Sampdoria, was removed from his post in the summer -- for expressing his desire to smash the proverbial glass ceiling -- as the Italian had presided over three consecutive fourth placed finishes since arriving.

It has been the manner in which the Florence-based outfit have been blowing sides away that has caught the attention most, however.

Fiorentina, until they were held by Empoli at the weekend, led the league alongside Inter. 

Conspicious, though, has been their form on the continental front when weighed against their coruscating domestic form.

Fiorentina face Beleneses -- a side they downed 4-0 last time out -- in their concluding group game ergo a win in Basel would likely secure their passage as group winners.

But Sousa has steadied the ship and has his side within touching distance of the summit of the group. 

La Viola's woes have continued, however, as they suffered successive home defeats as Lech Poznan ran out 2-1 victors in Florence last month.

Basel already overturned Fiorentina at the Artemio Franchi in September and have not looked back since.

Victory for Basel would ensure of qualification to the knockout stages while a win for Fiorentina would see them leapfrog the Swiss outfit atop Group I heading into the final group game.

Hello all! I'm Craig Vickers and welcome to VAVEL UK's coverage of FC Basel vs. Fiorentina from St. Jakob-Park in Switzerland.