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Egypt's Mohamed Salah praised by Tottenham keeper after superb display

Egypt's promising winger produced a dazzling performance in Basel's 2-2 draw at Tottenham Hotspur in the Europa League

Hatem Maher, Friday 5 Apr 2013
Mohamed Salah
Egypt and Basel winger Mohamed Salah (photo: UEFA.com)
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Mohamed Salah's mazy runs and catchy feints left Tottenham defenders trailing in his wake and helped Basel secure a surprising 2-2 draw in London in the first leg of the Europa League quarter final on Thursday.

Basel were also close to pulling off a remarkable win, having led 2-0 in the first half, but Tottenham rallied back to keep alive their hopes of reaching the semi-final.

Although Egypt winger Salah did not get on the scoresheet, he stole the limelight with his darting runs down the flank and penetrating skills.

He had a hand in Basel's opening goal and spurned a golden opportunity to score a decisive winner when he broke clear after skipping past two challengers but blasted his shot over the bar.

"Basel set up to hit us on the counterattack and they did that really effectively, I thought their right-winger [Salah] posed us a lot of problems," Tottenham's veteran keeper Brad Friedel, 41, was quoted as saying by UEFA.com.

"In the second half he did a great job of keeping possession for the team."

Salah has been a revelation for Basel since joining from Egyptian outfit Arab Contractors last summer. His form earned him the best African Young Player of the Year award.

The 20-year-old, who has scored six goals in all competitions so far this season, said he wishes to join Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund next season, although the club did not make any offers to sign him.

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