Basel close the gap

FC Basel beat Neuchatel Xamax 4-1 in the Swiss Super League on Monday 9 November to close the gap on leaders BSC Young Boys to four points, with the Berne outfit having lost 3-1 to Sion on Sunday.

Australian midfielder Scott Chipperfield opened the scoring for Basel in the 40th minute, with Alexander Frei restoring their lead via a 58th-minute penalty after Ideye Brown had equalised for the visitors three minutes earlier.

Further goals in the final two minutes from Xherdan Shaqiri and Marco Streller gave the scoreline a more one-sided look, while the defeat left Neuchatel five points behind their opponents in third.