Yesterday was a memorable day for the tennis legend Roger Federer. Not because he won something big and created history, it’s because the Swiss football club FC Basel pulled off a big upset as they got better of Chelsea in a Champions League encounter at Stamford Bridge.
Now, if you are thinking what the relationship between Federer and FC Basel is, let me tell you he is one of the most passionate fans of this football club. He hardly misses any game that Basel plays and yesterday was really a special day for him. He expressed his delight on Twitter after Basel’s victory.
The Swiss maestro wrote on his Twitter account, “It was a great day for all the FC Basel Fans. I am feeling glad.”
Chelsea was the hot favourite to win this game and their start was up to the expectations. They were the ones who took the lead and they maintained that lead till the 70th minute, but, they seemed to have taken it a bit too easy towards the end and ended up conceding 2 goals in the last 20 minutes which secured Basel’s win.
When Chelsea had faced Basel at St. Jakob Park in the first leg of the Europa League semi final last season, Federer had predicted the outcome of the game. He had said that it would be a tight game, but, Basel would pull it off by 2-1. That prediction proved to be wrong at that time, but, it eventually proved to be true after a gap of 5 months.
The stand-out performers for Basel in yesterday’s game were Marco Streller and Mohamed Salah. Both these players scored one goal each.
FC Basel’s next Champions League game is against Schalke 04 on 1st of October.