Stunner by Egypt’s Elneny gives Basel 2-1 win over Fiorentina

Ahram Online , Thursday 17 Sep 2015

Mohamed Elneny
Basel's Mohamed Elneny, center, scores during an Europa League between Fiorentina and Basel at the Artemio Franchi stadium in Florence, Italy, Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015 (Photo: AP)

Egyptian midfielder Mohamed Elneny scored a stunner to help Basel come from behind and earn a 2-1 victory over Fiorentina in their opening Group I clash of the Europa League on Thursday.

Fiorentina took an early lead, thanks to a goal from Birkir Bjarnason after four minutes but a late recovery by Basel saw them secure all three points at the Artemio Franchi Stadium in Florence.

Birkir Bjarnason equalized with a low drive from the edge of the area on 71 minutes before a moment of inspiration from Egypt midfielder Elneny silence the home crowd with 11 minutes remaining. 

The 23-year-old, who came through the youth ranks of Egypt’s Arab Contractors before joining Basel in 2013, fired an unstoppable long-range shot that nestled into the roof of the net from outside the area.

It was his third goal of the season for Basel after he scored in the 4-0 Swiss Cup win over Meyrin as well as the 3-1 league victory over Lugano last month.

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