CL: Routine Exit for Lech after Defeat to Basel

There hasn't been a Polish club in the UEFA Champions League Group Stage for 20 years now / Adam Ciereszko / Lech Poznan
CL: Routine Exit for Lech after Defeat to Basel

BASEL, Switzerland. August 6 (PSN) – Lech Poznan will not play in the UEFA Champions League Group Stage this season.

The Polish champions ruined their chances after experiencing a loss in the first leg (1:3) last week. On Wednesday, it was official after the second leg with FC Basel advancing from the third qualifying round with a 1:0 win.

Birkir Bjarnason scored the lone goal of the match for Basel.

There was calm before the storm. No one from the Polish media had expectations for a victory, much less was there any excitement for the game. This lack of excitement and attitude carried on to the pitch by the players.

As a result, the game was quiet and boring leaving both the fans and players disinterested.

After 90 minutes of play the score was still 0:0, which already was a disappointment as the Kolejorz needed to score at least 3 goals to make up for the loss back in Poznan last week.

Rather it was the Swiss who took the initiative and capitalized on a defensive mistake by the Poles with Bjarnason scoring a game winning goal in stoppage time. The hosts did not impress at all, but did just enough to cope Lech.

FC Basel – Lech Poznań 1:0 (0:0)
Goal: Bjarnason 90’+4

First match result: 3:1 for Basel
Yellow carded: Suchy, Lang, Calla – Linetty, Kamiński, Douglas
Referee: Ruddy Buquet (France) Attendance: 18 196

Basel: Vaclik – Lang, Hoegh, Suchy, Safari (89. Traore) – Calla, Elneny, Kuzmanović, Delgado (77. Zuffi), Bjarnason – Janko (70. Embolo).

Lech: Burić – Ceesay, Dudka, Kamiński, Douglas – Formella (68. Lovrencsics), Trałka, Linetty, Jevtić (73. Thomalla), Pawłowski – Hämäläinen (84. Robak)

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