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SC Heerenveen (H) 2 - 3 (A) FC Basel
Third round
21 July 2001 19:30
Abe Lenstra - Heerenveen
Attendance - 13300
Basel break Heerenveen's resistance

FC Basel went through to the UEFA Intertoto Cup semi-finals at the expense of SC Heerenveen after winning 3-2 at the Abe Lenstra stadium on Saturday. The Swiss side ended up 5-3 aggregate winners as they saw off early Heerenveen pressure to claim a double over the Dutch side.

FC Basel's Murat Yakin (left), Christian Gimenez (centre) and Carlos Varela enjoy the moment (©EPA)
Pinpoint cross
A Romano Denneboom header just missed the target early on for Heerenveen, trailing 2-1 from the first leg, before Marcus Allbäck struck seconds later to get the home team back into the tie. The Swedish striker nodded in a pinpoint cross by Mika Nurmela in the fifth minute.

Joy short-lived
Heerenveen's joy was short-lived, however, as Basel were back on level terms four minutes later. A mistake by Arjan Ebbinge let in George Koumantarakis and the forward had no problems beating Hans Vonk from close range.

Yakin converts rebound
Basel then took control of the game and were rewarded for their efforts in the 24th minute. Vonk could only block a shot from Massimo Ceccaroni and Murat Yakin was in the right place to convert the rebound.

Excellent saves
Heerenveen almost clawed their way back into the match through Allbäck before the break, but the Swede was twice denied by excellent saves from Pascal Zuberbühler.

Cool finish
Allbäck again threatened early in the second half, while Denneboom saw a header fly just over the bar. But Basel sealed the tie in the 70th minute. Herve Tum beat Johan Hansma to a long ball and the substitute coolly finished.

Scramble
Anthony Lurling fired home for the Dutchmen after a scramble five minutes later and Zuberbühler came up with two good late saves but it was not Heerenveen's day.

 Match Report  Half Time 1 - 2
4' (H) 9 ALLBÄCK Marcus
10' (A) 9 KOUMANTARAKIS George
24' (A) 10 YAKIN Hakan
35' (A) 5 KREUZER Oliver
40' (H) 10 JENSEN Daniel
46' (A) 9 KOUMANTARAKIS George (out)
11 TUM Herve (in)
46' (H) 22 BAKKATI Said (out)
19 HEGEMAN Mark (in)
50' (H) 2 VENEMA Ronnie
57' (H) 18 HOLM Thomas (out)
31 BAK JENSEN Allan (in)
63' (A) 1 ZUBERBÜHLER Pascal
69' (A) 11 TUM Herve
69' (A) 26 CHIPPERFIELD Scott (out)
12 BARBERIS Sébastien (in)
69' (H) 12 DENNEBOOM Romano (out)
8 TALAN Jeffrey (in)
75' (H) 11 LURLING Anthony
87' (A) 13 GIMENEZ Christian (out)
7 TCHOUGA Jean-Michel (in)

Line-up
SC Heerenveen FC Basel
1 VONK (G) (G) ZUBERBÜHLER 1
2 VENEMA CECCARONI 2
4 HANSMA (C) CRAVERO 3
7 NURMELA QUENNOZ 4
9 ALLBÄCK (C) KREUZER 5
10 JENSEN HUGGEL 6
11 LURLING VARELA 8
12 DENNEBOOM KOUMANTARAKIS 9
15 EBBINGE YAKIN 10
18 HOLM GIMENEZ 13
22 BAKKATI CHIPPERFIELD 26
Substitutes
16 DITEWIG (G) (G) CREVOISIER 18
8 TALAN TCHOUGA 7
17 VIEIRA TUM 11
19 HEGEMAN BARBERIS 12
31 BAK JENSEN AZIAWONOU 16
32 ZEELEN KNEZ 20
ERGIC 22
Coaches
DE HAAN Foppe G. GROSS Christian
Referee
MOULIN Stéphane (FRA)
Assistant Referees
DELORME Richard (FRA)
ORTEGA Eric (FRA)
Fourth Referee
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