Basel fail to leapfrog back to the top

Basel's Didier Tholot, centre, tries to control the ball during Saturday's match against Yverdon Keystone

Basel, who have started the new season strongly, failed to go back to the top of the league after losing to lowly Yverdon in the fifth round of the Swiss football championships.

This content was published on August 6, 2000 - 12:12

Basel were expected to beat Yvderon, without a win all season, but lost 1-0 to a Constantino goal in the 67th minute. Basel needed a victory to put them above St Gallen who cantered to a 3-1 home win over Lausanne on Friday evening.

Lugano and Sion drew 0-0 - and have the 10 points like St Gallen, but with a worse goal difference.

The best result from Saturday's matches was the 4-0 victory of Zurich Grasshoppers over Lucerne. Two goals on either side of half time by Hakan Yakin put Grasshoppers on their way. Cabanas with a second-half penalty and a strike by Ekoku just before the end completed the rout.

Grasshoppers now have nine points, along with Lausanne and Basel.

The other Zurich side, FC Zurich, find themselves at the bottom of the league, after losing 2-1 to Aarau. Zurich, managed by Gilbert Gress, only just managed to hold on to their top-flight position after a miserable season last year.

Zurich, without a win, have three points from the first five games. Just above them on four points are Aarau, Lucerne and Neuchatel Xamax, who lost to Servette Geneva on Friday night 5-2.

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