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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Spartak Misfires, Loses 2-0 To Basel

Argentine players Julio Rossi and Christian Gimenez scored a goal apiece Tuesday as Basel beat Spartak Moscow 2-0 in a rearranged Champions League game.

The Group B match, originally scheduled for Oct. 30, was postponed because of the theater raid in Moscow.

Spartak, yet to win a game in this competition this season, dominated from the kickoff but was unable to produce any real scoring opportunities.

Basel scored from its first counterattack 18 minutes into the game. Hakan Yakin's long pass found striker Herve Tum on the left of Spartak's penalty box, and Rossi was first to connect with the cross to score the opener from close range past goalkeeper Maxim Levitsky.

Tum was close to extending the lead 10 minutes later, but his powerful shot from the left hit the woodwork.

Yakin had his own chance four minutes before the interval, but his shot from 20 meters was denied by Levitsky.

Spartak, winless in 15 consecutive European games, went on the offensive in the second half, but it squandered all of its chances.

Gimenez, who came on for Rossi in the 67th minute, scored the second goal with only one minute left as he capitalized on a Levitsky mistake to beat him with a lob.

The victory put Basel in second place in the group with eight points from five games, one point ahead of Liverpool. Those two teams meet in Basel on Nov. 12, and Basel needs a draw to qualify.

Valencia is top with 13 points and has already qualified for the second stage. Spartak has no points.