He could perhaps have come off his line quicker to deny Piovaccari for the opener, but he did produce a fine double save at the end of the first half to keep his side in the contest.
The centre-back was extremely fortunate not to concede a penalty when he shoulder barged Piovaccari in the box and he found it difficult to deal with the striker's movement.
The Bulgarian defender produced some solid tackles throughout the game and went close to scoring when his header went inches wide of the post.
The right-back struggled with Tamase in Romania but dealt with the midfielder much better this evening and was rarely exposed down his side.
He delivered some brilliant deliveries from set pieces and went close to opening the scoring with a free kick in the first half.
He produced a good box-to-box display to aid his side at both ends of the pitch. However, he often afforded the opposition midfielders too much time on the ball.
It was a frustrating game for the left winger, but he produced the goods in stoppage time, crossing accurately for Sio's equaliser.
He has been called into the side to replace the injured Safari and he did not look out of place, containing the threat of Popa with relative ease.
The Ivorian produced a tireless display in the heart of midfield, breaking up play effectively to spring a number of good attacks.
The captain was critical of his coach after the draw in Romania but did not perform to his own ability this evening, finding himself well contained by the combination of Szukala and Galdos
The Egyptian failed to replicate the form he showed against Chelsea and although he displayed some neat footwork and bursts of pace, he struggled to find an end product.
The goalkeeper was cruelly beaten in stoppage time after having little to do all game. He did, however, look comfortable from crosses.
His brilliant through-ball assisted Piovaccari's opener and he proved insurmountable in the air, twice going close to doubling the Romanians' lead before half-time.
The Macedonian defender kept Stocker quiet for the majority of the game, but he failed to stick with Sio for Basel's late equaliser.
The left-back was culpable for the goal conceded in Romania but he was reliable this evening, proving solid in defence and a good attacking outlet on the overlap.
He had a good understanding with Szukala as the pair frustrated the likes of Streller and Salah for long periods.
Dubbed as one of Romania's brightest talents, he showed glimpses of his potential although failed to provide constant service to Piovaccari.
He got himself into some brilliant positions down the left but often chose the wrong option in the final third.
The captain used his experience and leadership to help break up opposition attacks and produced a number of strong challenges in the midfield.
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The agile winger was always keen to take his man on but had little joy against Xhaka.
He produced a good shield to the defence before being withdrawn at half-time with an injury.
The on-loan Sampdoria striker showed brilliant movement to get in between the two Basel centre-backs to break the offside trap and his confident finish showed why he is the club's top goalscorer this season.
The Chilean scored against Steaua in Romania but failed to make an impact this time after coming off the bench.
Came on as a late substitution and picked up a yellow card within minutes.
He was lively off the bench and snatched an equaliser in stoppage time, cushioning a volley into the net from Stocker's accurate cross.
The midfielder was introduced at the beginning of the second half, adding stability and strength to the Steaua midfield.
He gave the Basel attack fresh legs in the closing stages but failed to test Tatarusanu.
He scored to knock Basel out of the Champions League play-off last year but struggled to make an impact from the bench this time around.