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Teen Embolo sets Basel on their way to 4-0 victory

Reuters, BASEL, Switzerland

Basel’s Marek Suchy, right, shoots against PFC Ludogorets Razgrad ’keeper Vladislav Stoyanov in their UEFA Champions League Group B match in Basel, Switzerland, on Tuesday.

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Basel’s 17-year-old Breel Embolo scored a delightful goal to set the Swiss champions up for a 4-0 win over PFC Ludogorets Razgrad on Tuesday that put them second in UEFA Champions League Group B.

Derlis Gonzalez, Shkelzen Gashi and Marek Suchy shared the other goals as Basel avenged their 1-0 defeat two weeks ago and moved to six points, three ahead of Liverpool and the Bulgarian champions.

Embolo, who was born in Cameroon and has represented Switzerland at youth level, opened the floodgates for Basel when he collected Fabian Frei’s ball on his chest and dinked his effort deftly past Vladislav Stoyanov in the 34th minute.

At 17 years and 263 days, he became the sixth youngest player to score in the Champions League.

The second goal seven minutes later was almost a replica as Frei lifted the ball over the Ludogorets defense and 20-year-old Paraguayan Gonzalez calmly provided the finishing touch.

Basel made light of the absence of veteran striker Marco Streller and Embolo set up the third for Albanian midfielder Gashi, who scored easily at the far post in the 59th minute after the Swiss side won possession in midfield.

Marek Suchy completed the scoring when he poked home after a corner six minutes later.

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