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Away win keeps Lucerne hoping

Lucerne's Peter Lerant tries to stop Lausanne goalscorer Marcin Kuzba

(Keystone)

Lucerne football club kept their slim hopes of qualifying for the championship round alive on Saturday with a 2-1 away win over UEFA Cup contenders Lausanne.

Andy Egli's side took an early lead with a 12th minute goal scored by Alexander Frei. The initial ecstasy of the away fans lasted for just five minutes, though, with Lausanne's Polish striker Marcin Kuzba grabbing an equaliser in the 17th minute.

But the confidence that took Lausanne past Ajax and into the third round of the UEFA Cup has failed to inspire the side from canton Vaud when it comes to domestic football. Pierre-André Schürmann's team had gone seven league matches without a win before this weekend, and another defeat was soon heading their way.

The deciding goal came from a penalty, ably converted by Lucerne midfielder Thomas Wyss midway through the second half.

The last three qualifying rounds will show whether this was a result to turn Lucerne's season around or merely one which slightly prolonged the agony. The side from central Switzerland still need at least seven points to avoid dropping into the relegation playoffs, with a maximum of just nine points available to them.

Yverdon's position is only slightly less precarious than Lucerne's following their 2-0 defeat away to Servette in Saturday's only other top division match.

The Genevans went ahead just before the break with a goal from Bulgarian striker Martin Petrov. It took them until the last minute of the match to put the result beyond doubt, midfielder Johann Lonfat scoring to ease Servette's own fears of the drop.

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