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Basel players celebrate the first of their five goals Keystone

FC Basel have stretched their lead at the top of the Swiss football league table to four points after a convincing 5-1 home win against Neuchâtel Xamax.

This content was published on October 28, 2001 - 00:29

Also pulling clear of the opposition in the top scorer table is Basel's Argentinian striker Christian Gimenez who scored four of the night's goals to take his total tally to 18 goals in 17 league matches.

Servette Geneva have climbed up to second, for 24 hours at least, after beating Raimondo Ponte's struggling Lucerne side 2-0 at home. As if to compound Lucerne's misery in what was their ninth away defeat in succession, Servette's goals came from former Lucerne players Stefan Wolf and Alex Frei.

Under pressure Grasshoppers Zurich coach Hans-Peter Zaugg found some relief on Saturday when his defending champions managed a 0-0 draw in St Gallen. Despite ending goalless, the match was an entertaining affair with the Zurich players fighting well to end a disastrous sequence of four defeats in their previous five matches.

On Sunday Young Boys of Bern will have the chance to jump back above Servette and into second place if they can beat Sion away. In the rest of the day's action fifth placed Lugano travel to bottom side Lausanne, while FC Zurich and Aarau meet in a battle between the two clubs currently either side of the championship cut-off line.

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