Barcelona 1-1 Basle Highlights
Basle substitute Eren Derdiyok struck seven minutes from time as Barcelona forfeited their 100% record in this season’s Champions League, although the point was enough to book their place in the knockout stages.
The hosts had been expected to coast past their Swiss visitors after recording a 5-0 triumph in Basle a fortnight ago.
But that was not the case as they endured a frustrating night in front of goal until Lionel Messi stepped off the bench to score his fourth of the campaign after 61 minutes.
That had looked to be enough to clinch a fourth win in as many games for Pep Guardiola’s side, but they were punished for their lack of cutting edge when Derdiyok fired a shot in at the near post.
Guardiola made five changes from the team that beat Malaga 4-1 at the weekend with big names Messi, Xavi, Samuel Eto’o, Yaya Toure and Daniel Alves dropping out of the starting XI. In their place Thierry Henry, Alexander Hleb, Bojan, Victor Sanchez and Sylvinho earned call-ups.
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