Swiss Super League - Round 25

Dominance.

Games & Results

FC Sion - Servette FC 1:1 (0:0)

Unofficial manager Gattuso has yet to win his first game with Sion. Léo Itaperuna scored a beauty after 60 minutes, but after Adailton's sending off two minutes later they didn't manage to hold out for a draw.

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FC Thun - GC Zürich 1:0 (1:0)

Thun pressed high up and early and dominated the midfield to cut off the long balls to Ngamukol. Therefore GC-chances were a rarety. After 34 minutes Schneuwly scored for Thun, which was the deserved endresult.

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FC Lausanne-Sport - Young Boys 0:0 (0:0)

YB have only won one (!) game away this season and Lausanne have yet to win at home this year. Both teams were really bad, YB were a bit less bad; nill-nill. Nothing more to say.

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FC Luzern - FC Basel 0:4 (0:1)

With André Villas-Boas at the ground in Lucerne, Basel decided to show some muscle. In the first few minutes Streller, Stocker and Salah failed to get it past keeper Zibung. After 34 minutes Serey Die scored from outside the box. Die also gave the assist to the third goal. After 75 minutes Raul Bobadilla eventually gave his debute for Basel.

The loss got Lucerne manager Komornicki sacked today. (nah, to be honest, he was sacked because he's like really bad!)

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FC Zürich - FC St. Gallen 1:3 (0:0)

Formations

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Letzigrund  - 10,691 spectators - Ref Hänni.

FC Zürich: Da Costa; P. Koch (68' R. Koch), Djimsiti, Béda, Benito; Gajic; Schönbächler, Chikhaoui, Buff (84' Kukuruzovic), Chiumiento (68' Gavranovic); Jahovic.

FC St. Gallen: Lopar; Martic, Montandon, Besle, Pa Modou; Wüthrich (71' Mathys), Nater, Janjatovic, Nushi (89' Lenjani); Scarione; Etoundi (91' Tadic).

Goals: 0:1 Wüthrich (62'), 0:2 Scarione (67'), 1:2 R. Koch (73'), 1:3 Scarione (90').

Bookings: 75' Besle (Foul), 88' Mathys (Foul), 91' Jahovic (unsportsmanlike conduct [cuntiness])

Notes: Zürich without Drmic (suspended), Brunner, Chermiti, Kukeli, Pedro Henrique (all injured) and Gonçalves Caetano (not called up). St. Gallen without Cavusevic, Ishak (both injured), Mutsch (illness), Hämmerli, Ivic, Kovacevic, Lehmann and Sutter (all not called up). On the bench: Herzog (GK), Stocklasa, Schönenberger, Mathys, Lenjani and Tadic. St. Gallen's coach Jeff Saibene on the stands (suspended) and replaced by assistant manager Daniel Tarone.

Report

«There are not six-points-games», Freibug manager Christian Streich used to say. He had always won three points, not six. St. Gallen also only won three points this weekend against Zurich, but they definitely feel like six.

Ten points is the difference between the Espen and Zürich, who were in fantastic form in 2013 and didn't hadn't lost until this weekend. With a win against St. Gallen, Zürich wanted to start the race for a European spot. St. Gallen denide them and showed ambition to play on an international level themselves.

In the first half, both team did a lot for the game - Zürich perhaps a wee bit more. After five minutes Chikhaoui had his first shot but only hit the outside of the goal. The first real SG-chances was after 25 minutes - Janjatovic launched Etoundi on the left side who sprinted all the way from the middle-line and had a shot but unfortunately missed. Then it was Zürich's turn again. Montandon couldn't clear well enough and Buff got to the ball. Keeper Lopar was present and saved miraculously from short distance.

After the break, both teams kept playing the high tempo but didn't create a chance until the hour mark. Philipp Koch did who-knows-what with the ball in his own box and lost the ball to Nushi, who somehow got it to Wüthrich, who then took a shot from outside the box and scored. Wüthrichs second goal in three games for the Espen! But that wasn't enough. Five minutes later Etoundi sped away again, passed it to Scarione who made himself a loooot of time and spaced and cooly converted.

After the 0:2, manager Meier subbed Philipp Koch for his brother Raphael Koch. And it was him who scored 5 minutes later from a Gajic freekick - he volleyed it over the defence and a perplex-looking Lopar. No chance to keep this one out. After 80 minutes Jahovic was at the end of a very good cross but failed to score - he headed it into Lopars hands. That absolutely had to be the 2:2! In the last minute Lenjani, who came on a minute earlier for Nushi, had space on the left flank for a counter-attack, passed it perfectly into the middle where Scarione tunneled keeper Da Costa. It was Scarione's 12th goal of the season - league top scorer Streller has 13.

Tactics & General Thoughts

Cavusevic is out with a long-term injury, Abegglen was let go to Vaduz. As a temporary Cavusevic-replacement Mikael Ishak was brought in. Unfortunately he broke his jaw on international duty, so he's out, too. St. Gallen are left with Etoundi (22), Tadic (26) who joined St. Gallen from Challenge League Club Kriens, Lehmann (21) who was injured for around 9 months and hasn't played in over a year and new-kid Savo Kovacevic (24) who seems to be out of shape and hasn't played regularly since last summer.

With these options, St. Gallen's best option is to play über-quick Etoundi upfront with Scarione just behind - where he likes to play most. Scarione behind the striker means the left flank is open.

The options there are Nushi, Sutter or Wüthrich. Sutter has somehow fallen out of favour with Saibene. The 22-year old has signed a contract extension last summer for one year and was deemed a huge talent. He played on the left wing against Sion as a possible Regazzoni-alternative after the disaster, but the idea was quickly dismissed. He's not being called up anymore.

Nushi is always a hard worker. He goes after lost balls, puts in a lot of fight and heart. He might not be the most talented player in the world, but he gives all for the team. It makes sense to play him on the left wing solely because there's not better alternative.

On the right hand side, Mathys was one of the findings of the season. From Challenge League Club Biel to the Swiss national team - what a rise. Since January he hasn't found his form though, and without good results Saibene  has started to shake things up a bit. The options on the right hand side are Mathys, Martic or Wüthrich. As said, Mathys is out of form. Martic is a good, attacking winger. Last season he was used as a right full back because of the lack of better alternatives. With Mutsch out with an illness, Saibene decided to play Martic there. Ivic could've been another alternative at fullback and Martic as the right winger, but Martic has more experience at full backwhich is needed against the best team of the "Rückrunde". So we're left with Wüthrich. The 22 year old international Swiss youth-player prefers to play on the left, but obviously there wasn't a lot to be decided for Saibene. Injuries, illnesses and a lack of options made the starting XI.

The double pivot Nater - Janjatovic and the defence (Mutsch) - Besle - Montandon - Pa Modou are set, there's not much to change or discuss.

Stats

Table

Top Scorers

  • 1. Streller, FC Basel, 13 Goals
  • 2. Oscar Scarione, FC St. Gallen, 12 Goals
  • 3. Anatole Ngamukol, GC Zürich, 9 Goals

Top Assists

  • 1. Valentin Stocker, FC Basel, 10 Assists
  • 2. Izet Hajrovic, GCZ, 6 Assists
  • 2. Nassim Ben Khalifa, GCZ, 6 Assists
  • 2. Oscar Scarione, GCZ, 6 Assists
  • 2. Marco Streller, FCB, 6 Assists
  • 3. Christian Schneuwly, YB, 5 Assists
  • 3. Mathieu Salamand, FC Thun, 5 Assists