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Basel join European giants in Champions League

SoccerNews in UEFA Champions League 28 Aug 2008

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Switzerland will have its own representative in this year’s Champions League, as FC Basel beat Vitoria Guimaraes to survive the third preliminary round.

After a scoreless draw in Portugal, anything was possible for the return leg on Wednesday.

FC Basel opened the score through Stocker after eleven minutes, but Vitoria needed only minutes to reply with a converted penalty kick from Fajardo.

That away goal would have been enough for the Portuguese side to win the tie, but Derdiyok’s goal for the Swiss in the 54th minute helped Basel to the group phase while Vitoria get to prepare for a UEFA Cup adventure this season.

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