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Le Gym and FC Basel draw in first leg (2-2)
Gym and FC Basel played out a 2-2 draw in the first leg of their Conference League quarter-final. Moffi and Amdouni both scored twice.
It's hard to give your heart and soul in the first leg of a continental showdown. However, this quarter-final first leg produced a beautiful, intense and bitter battle, despite being played on a difficult surface. This battle bore the mark of the No.9 - the mark of those who strike when the air is thinning out and the summit is approaching.
Former LS player Amdouni was the first centre-forward to make his mark. He took advantage of a penalty obtained by Ndoye and conceded by Todibo to open the scoring by wrong-footing Schmeichel (1-0, 26'). The first half-hour was dominated by the home side, who made perfect use of their 3-5-2 formation (Ndoye on the right and Lopes on the left) and the speed of their Swiss international duo (Amdouni, Zeqiri). It took Le Gym's 4-3-3 - with a very good Rosario on the right of the defence, Ndayishimiye as a sentinel and an attacking trio of Laborde, Moffi and Thuram - half an hour to get to grips with the match. But get to grips with it they did, putting in the hard yards - and slightly adjusting the formation, as Ramsey gradually settled into a 10 in what looked like a 4-2-3-1, supporting Moffi. And Moffi, in fact, ended up putting his stamp on the match in no uncertain terms.
After a first effort was deflected and flagged offside (36'), the Super Eagle spread his wings superbly. He reset the score with a deft shot, right in the heart of the area, taking advantage of a tackle by Laborde, who had been picked out by Ramsey's head (1-1, 38'). Then Moffi flew into the European night to smash home an overhead kick and give his team the lead (1-2, 45+1').
The second half was rather well managed by the Aiglons, who controlled the ball for long stretches. Paradoxically, Basel managed equalise, with Lang teeing up Amdouni (71').
Le Gym reacted strongly after this equaliser: Laborde had two big chances but the excellent Hitz denied him on both occasions (75', 76').
Didier Digard introduced Melvin Bard at the break, then Antoine Mendy and Billal Brahimi in the 84th minute - without changing his formation.
After this first duel against the Swiss, it all remains to be done. And the hope is immense. Le Gym will need all the help they can get from the OGC Nice faithful next Thursday at the Allianz Riviera if they are to reach the semi-finals of the European Cup and continue their epic journey.
April 13 2023 21:00
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Brahimi (17') Todibo (23')
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