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Aarau snatch victory from Yverdon

A hat trick from Khomeriki gave FC Aarau a thrilling victory over Yverdon in Saturday's top-flight football action. Yverdon, who were leading as the first-half whistle went, saw the game transformed as the second half unfolded.

Khomeriki opened the scoring for the Canton Aargau side eight minutes into the game. Yverdon responded with a goal three minutes later by Peco, and a second two minutes before the whistle from Gil.

But Aarau were not to be written off. Seven minutes into the second half, Baudry levelled the score.

Ten minutes later, Khomeriki made it 3-2, before completing his hat trick in the 67th minute. Having seen victory vanish, Yverdon nevertheless managed to snatch a third goal and some pride, thanks to Renfer, seven minutes before full-time.

In the evening’s other game, eternal stragglers Neuchatel Xamax came close to defeating Sion, only to see their 1-0 lead disappear within the final ten minutes of the game.

After a goalless first half, Camara scored for Xamax in the 68th minute. But for all Xamax’s hopes of an away win, Sion turned the game in the 84th minute, with a goal from Renou.

This was followed up by the winner from Grichting, two minutes ahead of the final whistle.

Saturday’s matches leave Xamax firmly at the bottom of the table, languishing with a mere seven points, and having conceded 32 goals for 11 scored. Yverdon are in little better shape, placed elevenths with nine points.

Aarau are in ninth, just inside the relegation/promotion zone. But with 13 points they are only behind eighth-placed Lucerne on goal difference.

Sion are in seventh place, with 14 points.

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