FC Zurich stay on top
FC Zurich have held onto top spot in the Swiss football league after drawing 1-1 away to last season's runners-up Lugano.
Tuesday’s match was hastily rescheduled following the abandonment of the original fixture in torrential rain on Saturday. And in the opening stages of the replay it was Lugano who seemed ready to shine as the Ticinese club dominated possession.
But despite missing key players Mikhail Kavelashvili and Frédéric Chassot, Zurich pulled themselves back into the game and even managed to take the lead shortly before half-time with a short-range goal from Moroccan player Tariq Chihab.
But just as Zurich looked on course for another win, Lugano’s Jöel Magnin sneaked in with a goal five minutes from the end to guarantee both clubs a share of the points.
Servette on the up
After a miserable start to the season with just two previous victories, Swiss Cup holders Servette Geneva were able to celebrate a 3-1 win over Sion, who dropped to fourth place as a result.
Alexander Frei, Johann Lonfat and Wilson Oruma scored well-deserved goals in front of 8,900 spectators. Armand Deumi scored Sion’s only reply.
Young Swiss international Frei has now scored in his last three matches, although his latest goal was fortunate to slip past the outstretched legs of Sion keeper Fabrice Borer.
Lausanne make their point
Having celebrated their first win of the season with Saturday’s remarkable win over Grasshoppers, Lausanne were unable to make it two victories in a row on Tuesday. But the side from canton Vaud did at least add another point to their low tally by drawing 1-1 away to Neuchâtel Xamax.
After 27 minutes Lombard knocked the ball into the net for Lausanne and surprised Neuchâtel’s goalkeeper Massimo Colomba, who appeared to be caught out by the wide ball in. It was Lombard’s the first goal of the season.
Eric Baubonne levelled for Xamax in the 81st minute, but it wasn’t enough to stop his side slipping from seventh to eighth in the table. Lausanne remain 11th in the 12-team league.
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