Frederico Almerares scored the only goal to keep Basel's hopes of qualification from UEFA Champions League Group E alive. The striker netted 14 minutes into the first half against a Cluj side that rarely threatened the home goal at
In the first minute Basel midfielder Xherdan Shaqiri's long-range left-foot shot was off target. Cluj's Juan Emanuel Culio should have done better after three minutes as he opted to chest down rather than head a cross but the ball dropped to goalkeeper
Fourteen minutes in, and a minute after being booked, Almerares got on the end of a low shot from
Within two minutes Basel could have been further ahead after Almerares worked space inside the area and passed to Frei but his shot was blocked by
Culio won a free-kick when he was blocked by Inkoom but his set-piece was headed clear and Bastos shot over as the visitors opened the second half with more purpose.
Basel were then denied just before the hour when a shot from Fwayo Tembo was deflected onto the bar by
Frei thought he had doubled the lead with 16 minutes to go but he was flagged offside on the edge of the six-yard area as he steered a shot from Tembo past