Football: SLO officially relegated to Challenge League

Football: SLO officially relegated to Challenge League
Football: SLO officially relegated to Challenge League

SLO officially relegated to Challenge League

Published: 05/14/2024, 10:29 p.m.

The start of this meeting between Basel and the SLO gave rise to a long Basel monologue. The visitors did not touch the ball during the first 30 minutes. They missed their restarts, they spent all their time in their camp, but only conceded two real scoring chances to Fabio Celestini’s men. The real play occurred in the 7th minute: while going to press goalkeeper Dany da Silva, Thierno Barry touched his leg, just enough for the Lausanne player to have to leave the field, replaced by Jérémy Vachoux, who was decisive twice.

In the first half hour, also note two non-plays. A goal from Fabian Frei canceled for offside (14th) and a penalty awarded by the referee to FC Basel, canceled by the VAR (23rd). Lavdrim Hajrulahu deflected the ball with his arm, but it was clearly not off his body.

Basel makes the difference after the break

We therefore had to wait until the 31st minute to see the first collective movement of the SLO. But he didn’t even reach the opposing goalkeeper. For the rest not much. Ultimately it is Basel who may have regrets after this first period. Dominate to such an extent without finding the opening.

The second half almost changed in the 55th minute, when Elies Mahmoud found Marwin Hitz’s slat, following a nice three-way combination. The visitors were on the verge of a perfect hold-up. But the opposite happened. Albian Ajeti came on in the 58th minute and broke the deadlock five minutes later. This 1 to 0 solidifies Basel’s domination and propels the Vaudois into the Challenge League, without them having to look at the other pitches.

The SLO is 11 points behind

The SLO, although more enterprising in Bêla after the break, therefore remains at 26 points and is 11 points behind the play-off Grasshopper. With two matches remaining, the carrots are cooked.

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