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Basel told to play it again

The match had to be abandoned when the lights failed Keystone Archive

The Swiss Football Association has announced that FC Basel and St Gallen will replay their March 6 league match, which was abandoned because of floodlight failure.

The referee called off the third round championship tie at the Espenmoos stadium when half the floodlights packed up. Basel were leading 3-0 at the time.

The match will now be replayed on Thursday April 4.

League leaders Basel currently remain top of the table with 34 points, after scoring another decisive victory on Saturday, beating bottom side Sion 4-0.

Elsewhere in the league, Lugano beat Bern’s Young Boys 2-1 on the fifth day of the national football league championship.

Lugano were playing for the first time since the death of their president, Helio Jermini. The team dominated Sunday’s match from beginning to end, taking their second home victory thanks to two goals from the Argentinians Bastida and Rossi.

Young Boys responded with a goal from Sermeter after 84 minutes of play, but were otherwise unimpressive.

Defending champions Grasshoppers, who creamed Servette 5-1 on Friday, lie second with 27 points – two points ahead of Lugano.

Servette occupy fourth place with 24 points, followed by St Gallen, who lost against FC Zurich 1-0 in a game of missed opportunities.

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