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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