Swiss Super League - Round 27
Fair well, Alex Frei.
Games & Results
FC Luzern - FC Lausanne-Sport 1:0 (0:0)
Neo-manager Bernegger changed a lot in the line-up and named a new captain. Lucerne managed to dominate, but that wasn't hard against a very weak Lausanne side. Because Lucerne didn't play very attacking, it was quite a boring game. Stahel scored the only goal of the game after 70 mintues to secure Lucerne's first win since mid November!
FC Basel - FC Zürich 3:1 (0:1)
Today's game marked a milestone in the Swiss football history. Alex Frei, record-holding goal scorer for the Swiss national team, was to play his last game ever. From Monday, he'll be the new FC Lucerne sports director.
After 10 minutes, Zürich's Drmic got through on the left, surprised Schär and Sommer to score his 9th goal of the season. In the second half, Frei was fouled by Djimsiti. Frei took it upon himself to take the freekick, and converted it beautifully. Shortly after, he had to leave the pitch due to a rupture of a muscle fibre. Nevertheless, the dream-goal was a brilliant end of a brilliant career. In minute 87, Schär converted a penalty to make it 2:1 and shortly after Salah made it 3:1.
Young Boys - FC Thun 1:2 (1:1)
Neo-YB-manager Challandes, former Thun-manager, made his comeback against his, as stated 10 words ago, former team Thun. Nuzzolo scored after 15 minutes after a nice solo from Ex-Espe Costanzo. It's the first YB goal in 5 games. After 27 minutes former YB-player Marco Schneuwly drew even after a bad clearance of a freekick. After 70 minutes, Thun (or Schneuwly) got their second shot on goal and with that Schneuwly's second goal. Thun beat YB 2:1 in the Bern-derby.
GC Zürich - FC Sion 1:1 (1:0)
Sion decided to defend-and-counter against GC. They didn't get a shot on goal in the first half. Even though they were pretty strong at the back, after half an hour a clearance landed in Nassim Ben Khalifa's feet, who layed it off to Feltscher who made it 1:0. Same picture in the second half; GC played, Sion defended. After 60 minutes Yoda (heh) could energize, got away from Grichting, got around Bürki and scored with Sion's first shot on goal. The game ended 1:1 and GC are now 3 points behind leader Basel.
Servette FC - FC St. Gallen 1:3 (0:2)
Stade de Genève - 6,062 spectators - Ref Erlachner
Servette FC: Barroca; Diallo, Schneider (46' Moubandje), Mfuyi, Rüfli; Kouassi, Pont (66' Eudis); Lang (31' De Azevedo), Pasche, Tréand; Karanovic.
FC St. Gallen: Lopar; Mutsch, Montandon, Besle, Pa Modou; Wüthrich (71' Mathys), Nater, Janjatovic (83' Schönenberger), Nushi (89' Lenjani); Scarione; Etoundi.
Goals: 0:1 Besle (4'), 0:2 Scarione (9'), 0:3 Etoundi (59'), Eudis (77')
Bookings: 27' Pa Modou (Foul), 48' Kouassi (Foul), 55' Wüthrich (Foul), 56' Pont (Foul), 57' Janjatovic (Foul), 65' Mutsch (Foul), 85' Karanovic (unsportsmanship).
Notes: Servette without Kossoko, Grippo, Vitkieviez, Kusunga (all injured), Ayer, Pizzinat, Gomes, Ben and Machado (not called up). St. Gallen with Herzog (GK), Stocklasa, Martic, Lenjani, Schönenberger, Mathys and Tadic on the bench, without Ishak, Cavusevic (both injured), Ivic (suspended), Kovacic, Kovacevic, Sutter, Lehmann and Hämmerli (not called up).
After the game against Zürich, who were the best team in 2013 until that point, and against Basel in a sold-out AFG Arena, the game against relegation-endangered Servette promised to be quite difficult for St. Gallen. Against opponents like the afore mentioned, the team motivates itself. Against the Super League's last? Not so much. So at least in theory.
Before the team, Stéphane Nater, who joined St. Gallen from Servette last summer, went into the wrong cabine. «I'm only a creature of habit» he said with laughter. When he found the right cabine, Jeff Saibene told the team to not even think about giving less than 100%. He wanted to see whether they were experienced enough to play and dominate the game.
And they were.
After only 10 minutes St. Gallen were leading with 2:0. After 3 minutes, Wüthrich (yet again, huh) brought in a beauty of a corner just on to Besle's head who made it 1:0. Five minutes later, Wüthrich crossed from the right hand side, found Nushi who managed to drag keeper Barroca away from his goal, layed it off to Scarione who had nothing more to do than to tip it over the line. Not yet 10 minutes played - 2:0. This was Scarione's 13th goal of the season and he's now only one (!) behind top scorer Streller. Until the break, Nater, Nushi and again Nater had great chances but couldn't convert. Yet, the 2:0 lead was clearly deserved. There was no danger from Servette's side, and if there were, it was only by De Azevedo who came on after 30 minutes for an injured Lang.
After the break, the picture stayed the same. St. Gallen dominated all over the pitch. After an hour, Nushi played a nice through-ball and launched Etoundi, who dribbled his way through the defence and tunneled keeper Barroca. I was surprised to learn that this was already Nushi's 6th assist of the season - the same amount Scarione has. If you have a look at the list below, you see he's now co-third in the assist-list. What's more shocking than surprising, this was only Etoundi's second goal this season in 19 games (1116 minutes). From my point of view, for our main striker that is just not good enough. Without our goal-scoring-machine Scarione, fans and media would be all over him. After 70 minutes, Etoundi should've scored his third of the season. Nushi played yet another brilliant pass out wide to Etoundi, who lobbed it over Barroca. The lob was too weak though and didn't reach the touchline.
Seven minutes later Servette showed a sign of life. Tréand hit the post but super-sub Eudis put it over the line. Servette manager Fournier threw everything in attack he had. Since the BVB - Malaga debacle everyone got scared, but there wasn't any real danger for the Espen.
Tactics & General Thoughts
Well, I haven't seen the game - only the TV summary and read some reports. It seems our midfield is gaining form again. Etoundi has scored a goal, which is good, but as it's only the second this season it's not. good. enough. Although he does combine very well with Scarione; he often drifts outwide and leaves space for Scarione to come forward. Nushi is really gaining form. He's hard-working, fighting, motivating the team. He's an aggressive leader on the pitch and his passing and crossing is actually improving; proven by his 6 assists. I know I've cursed him a lot before, and I'm still not his biggest fan, but currently he really deserves his starting spot. Wüthrich was a brilliant signing. We don't rely solely on Scarione any more for our attacking; Wüthrich is another very dangerous, creative player. Our defence is generally quite solid again, but in every game there's some chaos in the box. They need to clear that shit. Otherwise I can't really say much about the game.
- 1. Streller, FC Basel, 14 Goals
- 2. Oscar Scarione, FC St. Gallen, 13 Goals
- 3. Anatole Ngamukol, GC Zürich, 9 Goals
- 3. Josip Drmic, FC Zürich, 9 Goals
- 3. Marco Schneuwly, FC Thun, 9 Goals
- 1. Valentin Stocker, FC Basel, 11 Assists
- 2. Izet Hajrovic, GCZ, 7 Assists
- 2. Nassim Ben Khalifa, GCZ, 7 Assists
- 3. Oscar Scarione, FCSG, 6 Assists
- 3. Kristian Nushi, FCSG, 6 Assists
- 3. Marco Streller, FCB, 6 Assists