Has the VAR gone to bed yet? It is shortly after 10 p.m., in the game between FCB and GC, overtime, when Basel’s Raoul Petretta falls in the away penalty area. Referee Stefan Horisberger lets play continue, but the TV pictures show: GC-Bolla doesn’t hit the ball in the 95th minute, only Petretta’s foot. Alessandro Dudic should actually intervene from Volketswil, from where the video referees follow the games. But the line to Basel remains silent – instead of a penalty for Basel, the final whistle sounds a few seconds later.
Final score 1:1. Even if they lead for a long time and only get into trouble against uninspired Basler after what was probably the fastest sending off of the season for substitute Christian Herc (two yellow cards within 144 seconds): The Hoppers should be happier with the point than their opponents. GC is only one point ahead of the Barrage-Platz, but thanks to the clearly better goal difference than their competitors Sion and Lucerne, they are practically two points ahead. It is quite possible that this away point in Basel will be decisive for GC in the final settlement.
Just four league wins for Abascal
While the hoppers get off well in the end, the opponent’s coach rages. “What can I say? It’s a scandal!”, Guillermo Abascal commented on the penalty that was not awarded. Understandable: The VAR blackout robs the Spaniard of the opportunity to polish up his record as FCB head coach a bit. Because of the draw, Abascal has only four wins in 12 league games. On average, he scored 1.5 points per game – predecessor Patrick Frame managed 1.8 this season until his dismissal.
The statistics are one thing, the performance another, which speaks against Abascal’s future as FCB head coach beyond the season. No sign of an increase after the weak performance at 0-0 in Lausanne. What FC Basel is offering its fans against GC tempts striker Adam Szalai to comment after the end of the game: “I’m ashamed. That was very little, I apologize to our supporters.”
Abascal also asks forgiveness from the fans, who, in contrast to the team, present themselves in top form with a wonderful choreography for record player Fabian Frei: “The first half was terrible. We didn’t create any chances. I take responsibility – something went wrong again.” The performance is so far removed from the FCB claims that Abascal adds after his referee’s scolding: “The penalty that was not given should not be an excuse today. We just didn’t do enough.”