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Roger Federer hails Basle win over Manchester United

  • Manchester United lost 1-0 at Basle in their Champions League Group A clash
  • Tennis great Roger Federer is a Basle native and a big fan of the Swiss team
  • After his side’s win Federer took to Twitter to revel in victory

Basle’s most famous supporter, Roger Federer, has been revelling in his team’s memorable Champions League win against Manchester United.

Swiss full-back Michael Lang scored in the 89th minute to condemn United to a 1-0 defeat and deny Jose Mourinho’s side qualification for the last 16 ahead of matchday six.

It was also United’s first loss in Group A and gave Basle hope of qualifying for the knockout round. Raphael Wicky’s team are now second and ahead of third-placed CSKA Moscow heading into the final matchday.

Swiss full-back Michael Lang scored in the 89th minute to condemn United to a 1-0 defeat 

Basle's most famous supporter, Roger Federer, has been revelling in their memorable victory

Basle’s most famous supporter, Roger Federer, has been revelling in their memorable victory

‘Words can’t possibly describe this incredible moment for this club, wow!!!! Congrats to the team,’ Federer wrote on Twitter.

United started Group A with four successive victories and could have qualified without even kicking a ball had CSKA Moscow failed to beat Benfica in the early kick-off.

It still appears a case of when rather if United reach the last-16, but Basel’s late 1-0 win means progress is not yet completely certain ahead of the Russians’ visit to Old Trafford next month.

Basle won the game when Lang tapped home at the far post from a low cross to stun United

Basle won the game when Lang tapped home at the far post from a low cross to stun United

Mourinho’s men still boast a three-point cushion but things could have been so different had his side showed cutting edge in the first half.

Marouane Fellaini saw a header cleared off the line and Anthony Martial’s cross hit the post, with Marcos Rojo seeing an outrageous long-range effort deflected onto the bar on his return from a cruciate ligament injury after 216 days out.

The visitors dominated the opening period but tailed off markedly after the break as Basel repeated their memorable win on United’s last visit to St Jakob-Park in 2011.

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