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Genseric Kusunga concedes a free kick for a foul on Aiden McGeady. Genseric Kusunga is given a yellow card. Zhano Ananidze grabs a goal direct from the free kick from just outside the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Basle 2-3 Spartak Moscow.
Marco Streller fouled by Marek Suchy, the ref awards a free kick. Marek Suchy is booked. Markus Steinhofer restarts play with the free kick.
(Basle) makes a substitution, with Adilson Cabral coming on for Gilles Yapi Yapo. Jacques Zoua joins the action as a substitute, replacing Valentin Stocker.
Meschini Alex takes a shot. Save by Franco Costanzo.
Pavel Yakovlev joins the action as a substitute, replacing Yevgeni Makeev.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Fwayo Tembo, Marcos Rojo makes a clearance.
Andrei Dikan goes into the referee's book.
Unfair challenge on Fwayo Tembo by Yevgeni Makeev results in a free kick. Fwayo Tembo takes the direct free kick.
Fwayo Tembo comes on in place of Alexander Frei.
Marco Streller challenges Pereira Rafael Carioca unfairly and gives away a free kick. Pereira Rafael Carioca takes the free kick.
Yevgeni Makeev fouled by Xherdan Shaqiri, the ref awards a free kick. The referee shows Xherdan Shaqiri a red card. Free kick taken by Meschini Alex.
Corner from left by-line taken by Meschini Alex.
Foul by Alexander Frei on Zhano Ananidze, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed by Meschini Alex, Marco Streller manages to make a clearance.
Xherdan Shaqiri fouled by Meschini Alex, the ref awards a free kick. Meschini Alex goes into the referee's book. Direct free kick taken by Xherdan Shaqiri.
Meschini Alex produces a cross, Goal scored by Artem Dzjuba from close in high into the middle of the goal. Basle 2-2 Spartak Moscow.Meschini Alex provided the assist for the goal.
Free kick awarded for a foul by David Abraham on Meschini Alex. Kirill Kombarov takes the free kick.
Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Alexander Frei, Close range headed effort by David Abraham clears the crossbar.
Dmitri Kombarov scores a goal from just outside the penalty box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Basle 2-1 Spartak Moscow.
Artem Dzjuba takes a shot. Save made by Franco Costanzo.
Artem Dzjuba is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Franco Costanzo restarts play with the free kick.
Meschini Alex decides to take the corner short.
Foul by Marcos Rojo on Alexander Frei, free kick awarded. Pereira Rafael Carioca is cautioned. Direct free kick taken by Alexander Frei.
The ball is delivered by Yevgeni Makeev.
Centre by Yevgeni Makeev, clearance made by Valentin Stocker.
Foul by Gilles Yapi Yapo on Aiden McGeady, free kick awarded. Booking for Gilles Yapi Yapo. Aiden McGeady takes the free kick.
The ball is swung over by Marco Streller, Marcos Rojo manages to make a clearance.
Valentin Stocker fouled by Kirill Kombarov, the ref awards a free kick. Valentin Stocker restarts play with the free kick.
Zhano Ananidze is brought on as a substitute for Alexander Shyeshukov.
Corner from the right by-line taken by Xherdan Shaqiri, Marco Streller scores a headed goal from close in. Basle 2-0 Spartak Moscow.The assist for the goal came from Xherdan Shaqiri.
Corner taken by Xherdan Shaqiri, Alexander Frei finds the net with a headed goal from close in. Basle 1-0 Spartak Moscow.Assist on the goal came from Valentin Stocker.
Foul by Aiden McGeady on Valentin Stocker, free kick awarded. Aiden McGeady receives a caution. The referee shows Valentin Stocker a yellow card for dissent. Shot on goal comes in from Alexander Frei from the free kick, save by Andrei Dikan.
Shot from just outside the box by Pereira Rafael Carioca goes over the target.
Artem Dzjuba produces a volleyed left-footed shot from 6 yards. Franco Costanzo makes a save.
The ball is crossed by Berang Safari.
Yevgeni Makeev gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Berang Safari. Xherdan Shaqiri delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from right channel, Marcos Rojo manages to make a clearance.
Unfair challenge on Yevgeni Makeev by Xherdan Shaqiri results in a free kick. Andrei Dikan restarts play with the free kick.
Aiden McGeady produces a cross, clearance by Genseric Kusunga.
Unfair challenge on Valentin Stocker by Pereira Rafael Carioca results in a free kick. Granit Xhaka takes the direct free kick.
Alexander Frei takes the inswinging corner, clearance by Marcos Rojo. Corner taken right-footed by Alexander Frei to the near post, Shot by Valentin Stocker. Save made by Andrei Dikan.
The ball is delivered by Alexander Frei.
The ball is sent over by Xherdan Shaqiri, Andrei Dikan makes a save.
A cross is delivered by Alexander Frei, Headed effort from deep inside the area by Marco Streller misses to the left of the goal.
Berang Safari fouled by Yevgeni Makeev, the ref awards a free kick. Berang Safari restarts play with the free kick.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Meschini Alex from the left by-line, clearance by David Abraham. Effort from outside the penalty box by Pereira Rafael Carioca goes wide right of the target. Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Meschini Alex. Yevgeni Makeev produces a right-footed shot from just outside the area that goes harmlessly over the bar.
Unfair challenge on Berang Safari by Aiden McGeady results in a free kick. Berang Safari restarts play with the free kick.
Alexander Frei takes a short corner.
Artem Dzjuba concedes a free kick for a foul on Alexander Frei. Alexander Frei takes the free kick.
Follow other Russian clubs' example - Karpin
Spartak Moscow boss Valery Karpin believes his players should look at the example set by city rivals CSKA and Zenit St Petersburg as they return to Europa League action.
Both CSKA Moscow and Zenit have won the old UEFA Cup this century, in 2005 and 2008 respectively, despite having to contend with a lack of league action during the winter.
With the Russian league ending in late November, Spartak have played only one competitive match since - their Champions League group game against Zilina on December 8.
They won that game and have recently played a run of friendly matches to build up their readiness for the Europa League last-32 clash with Swiss side Basle.
"We have seen CSKA and Zenit playing with the same schedule and winning the UEFA Cup," Karpin told uefa.com.
He nevertheless realises the situation is not ideal for Russian sides with designs on European success.
"It's difficult, not just for Spartak but for any Russian team, because there are no competitive games scheduled," said Karpin.
"In reality there is one advantage for Basle - that they will already have started to play."
Basle have also beaten Spartak in their two previous European ties, firstly in the European Cup first round in 1970 and then 2-0 both in Russia and Switzerland in the Champions League in 2002.
With both Basle and Spartak having dropped out of the Champions League this time after the group stages, the clash features two teams looking to make up for that disappointment by embarking on another European run.
Basle had a competitive warm-up for the first leg of their clash with Spartak, beating St Gallen 3-0 on Saturday to stay at the top of the Swiss Super League.
It was their second match since the winter break.
The scoreline was persuasive, however the performance was not wholly satisfying to veteran Basle midfielder Benjamin Huggel.
"Although it is a convincing result, it was a lot of hard work," Huggel told broadcaster Teleclub. "There were certain phases of our game that I cannot be satisfied with. Even in terms of tactics, some things have been forgotten. That must be better."
Basle implode to give Spartak initiative
Basle squandered a two-goal lead and finished with 10 men as they surrendered the momentum to Spartak Moscow in their Europa League last-32 tie, losing 3-2.
Alexander Frei and Marco Streller headed the home side into what appeared a commanding half-time advantage.
But Dmitri Kombarov and Artem Dzjuba drew the Russians level and Xherdan Shaqiri's dismissal meant it was Basle who were left clinging on - and Zhano Ananidze's last-minute free-kick completed the turnaround.
Rafael Carioca and Yevgeni Makeev were off target with long-range volleys for Spartak in the early stages, before Streller headed Frei's cross wide of the left-hand post.
Valentin Stocker met Frei's corner with a volley which was saved by Andrei Dikan before Spartak went close at the other end with a similar effort, Dzjuba's strike gathered by Basle goalkeeper Franco Costanzo.
Rafael Carioca shot over once more before Aiden McGeady was cautioned for fouling Valentin Stocker - who followed him into the book for his reaction - and the resulting free-kick from Frei was fisted away by Dikan.
Basle took the lead in the 36th minute when Frei handed over flag-kick duties to Shaqiri and instead met the delivery at the far post, powering a header into the roof of the net.
And another Shaqiri corner provided a near-identical second five minutes later, Streller this time finding the bottom corner.
The start of the second half saw little by way of goalmouth action, with only bookings for Gilles Yapi Yapo and Rafael Carioca to report before Dzjuba tried his luck on the hour - Costanzo was equal to the effort.
Spartak cut the deficit a minute later, though, with Kombarov curling a delightful effort into the bottom corner from 20 yards.
David Abraham headed a Frei corner over the bar before Spartak levelled in the 70th minute, Dzjuba meeting Alex's cross with a firm finish into the roof of the net from six yards.
Spartak began to lose their discipline after that point, with Frei lucky to escape punishment for a reckless challenge on Ananidze before Shaqiri was dismissed for lashing out at Makeev.
Frei was swiftly replaced by Fwayo Tembo before Alex drew a sharp save from Costanzo.
But the goalkeeper had no answer when Genseric Kusunga's foul on McGeady handed Ananidze the opportunity - and his 20-yard effort found the bottom corner to give Spartak the lead in the tie.
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