Oct 1, 2013 at 7.45pm UK at ​St. Jakob-Park
Basel
0-1
SchalkeSchalke 04

Delgado (89')
FT(HT: 0-0)
Draxler (55')
Aogo (37'), Farfan (38'), Hoger (65')

Result: Schalke 04 edge past Basel

Schalke's Julian Draxler is congratulated by team mates after scoring his team's second goal against PAOK Thessaloniki during their Champions League play-off match on August 27, 2013
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Schalke see off Basel in a Champions League game marred by protests.

Julian Draxler helped Schalke to a vital Champions League win in a game perhaps overshadowed by events off the field this evening.

The game was only minutes old when it was disrupted by environmental protestors who climbed on the roof of St Jakob's Park to unfurl a banner to bemusement of spectators, including UEFA president Michel Platini, and players.

After a stoppage of almost five minutes, the Basel defence struggled to switch on with Kevin Prince-Boateng almost capitalising on a sliced clearance to score for the visitors, only to scuff his attempt and see the ball trickle past the post.

In truth, it was a close as either side came to scoring in the first half and both teams could only muster one shot on target each during the opening 45 minutes, with Basel underperforming in comparison to their win over Chelsea.

However, Schalke started to impose themselves on the game just after the interval and a neat spin and cross from Julian Draxler was cleared only to Roman Neustadter

Schalke did take advantage early in the second half when a strange corner arrived for Draxler on the bounce and with the hosts' defence slow to react, the 20-year-old fired the ball past keeper Yann Sommer.

Rather than spark Basel into life, Schalke continued to look the better side and only an effort from substitute Giovanni Sio tested keeper Timo Hilderbrand.

Indeed, the Swiss side failed to work the opposition defence that had leaked seven in its previous two games, in a surprisingly underwhelming display.

It was a vital result for Schalke who top Group E with six points, but the spectacle of the game was arguably secondary to the distraction on the roof.

Schalke's midfielder Kevin Prince Boateng, Schalke's Peruvian striker Jefferson Farfan and Schalke's striker Adam Szalai celebrate scoring during the German first division Bundesliga football match FC Schalke 04 vs Bayer Leverkusen in the western German c
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