Basel routs Ludogorets 4-0 in Champions League
BASEL, Switzerland (AP) — Basel routed Ludogorets Razgrad 4-0 in the Champions League on Tuesday to go second in Group B behind runaway leader Real Madrid.
The Swiss champion’s win was sparked by 17-year-old forward Breel Embolo scoring his first Champions League goal in the 34th minute.
Cameroon-born Embolo was set up by Fabian Frei’s lofted pass, and the Basel captain created a similar chance for Derlis Gonzalez to score in the 41st.
Shkelzen Gashi connected with Embolo’s pass across the goalmouth in the 58th and defender Marek Suchy scored after a corner in the 65th.
Basel’s win continued the group pattern where Madrid has won all its matches and the other three teams have won at home against each other.
Madrid beat Liverpool 1-0 to advance to the round of 16 with two rounds left. The defending champion has 12 points, six clear of Basel. Liverpool and Ludogorets each has three points.
Basel, which opened with a 5-1 loss in Madrid, hosts the defending champion next on Nov. 26. On that date, Ludogorets hosts Liverpool.
The Swiss side needed three points here after conceding a stoppage-time goal in Ludogorets’ 1-0 win in Sofia two weeks ago.
Basel took control after its goalkeeper Tomas Vaclik saved well from Dani Abolo and Mihail Aleksandrov in a three-minute spell midway through the first half.
In between those chances, Basel’s Egypt midfielder Mohamed Elneny just missed the target with a right-footed shot across goal.