Back to blogging after a mini vacation. The world didn't end but FC Basel continue their giant killing ways as they shocked Bayern Munich at St Jakob's Park through Valentin Stocker's late goal in their Champions League first leg.
Heiko Vogel continues Thorsten Fink's legacy of a well coached Basel team which uses the physicality of Alexander Frei and Marco Streller to full effect with some quality service from the excellent Xherdan Shaqiri. They have an outstanding goalie in Yann Sommer who made a number of important saves behind a well organized defense. Bayern were wasteful. Franck Ribery does all the important spadework but this match once again shows why he doesn't score too many goals.
The stage was set for a Basel to snatch a memorable victory when Jacques Zoua turned past Rafinha and slotted the ball through a slow reacting Bayern defense to the waiting Stocker exposing Manuel Neuer on the left. The Swiss midfielder made no mistake.
This will loss will surely enrage the micro managing Bayern cabal led by the ever watchful Uli Hoeness and father figure Franz Beckenbauer. Jupp Heynckes will have to have a ready response at the Allianz Arena in the return leg.