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Basel stay top, despite losing

Basel's Gimenez (right) staged a last minute comeback Keystone

FC Basel and Grasshoppers Zurich staged a nine-goal thriller at St Jacobs Park on Sunday, which saw the visitors end up 5-4 winners.

This content was published on December 2, 2001 - 20:26

Basel staged a late comeback, with goals by Christian Gimenez and Carlos Varela, but they were not enough to save the game.

There were strong performances by Grasshoppers midfielders Ricardo Cabanas and Richard Nunez, who each scored two goals.

The result saw Basel retain their place at the top of the Swiss league, with Grasshoppers climbing up to fourth place.

In Saturday's action, Aarau made a late bid to qualify for this season's championship round by defeating Young Boys 2-0 at home.

The result saw the home side climb out of the bottom four of the league table. Goals from Daniel Tarone just before half time and a last minute strike by Gilperlandio Gil earned Aarau three vital points.

However, there was bad news for FC Zurich fans, who saw their team held to a 1-1 draw by bottom club Luzern at Letztigrund.

FC Zurich took the lead in the 28th minute through Felix Magro, but the visitors hit back shortly after half-time with Venezuelan midfielder Gabriel Urdaneta grabbing the equaliser.

The result saw Zurich into the bottom four, level on points with Aarau but with a worse goal difference.

In Saturday's other matches, second-placed St Gallen drew 2-2 at home with Servette. Romanian striker Terinio Gane helped the home side gain a share of the spoils by levelling the scores in the 57th minute.

Over at Maladière, 4,200 spectators saw Neuchatel Xamax drop to tenth place in the table, courtesy of a 1-3 defeat at the hands of Ticino side, Lugano.

Neuchatel took an early lead in the fourth minute Cameroon midfielder Thimotthée Atouba, but Lugano came back strongly with three second-half goals.

The shock of the day came at Pontaise where lowly Lausanne pulled off a surprise 2-1 victory against Sion in matched studded with six yellow cards and two sending-offs.

Sion defender Dusko Djurisic and striker Rogerio Moreira were both given the marching orders.

Striker Loic Chavériat grabbed the winner in the 31st minute.

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