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Lugano stretch their lead at top of football league

Lugano's Michael Hoy (in yellow) comes under pressure during Sunday's match Keystone

Lugano have opened up a four point gap at the top of the Swiss football league, after a weeekend of goalscoring feats. There were 25 goals in six matches.

Two goals by Argentinian striker Gimenez, capping two dreadful defensive blunders by Grasshoppers Zurich, helped Lugano to a 3-0 away win in Zurich.

An apalling goalkeeping error and a dithering defence allowed Gimenez to score soft goals. He has now netted seven times in the first eight matches of the season.

Lugano, who have only let in three goals, are now four points ahead of Lausanne who went down 2-1 on Sunday away to Lucerne.

Sunday’s other match saw two highly-rated sides, Basel and St Gallen divide the spoils in a 2-2 draw. Basel looked to be coasting to a comfortable home win before prolific goalgetter Amoah scored a late equaliser for St Gallen.

St Gallen are now third, a point behind Lausanne and five below Lugano.

The three games on Saturday also produced an avalanche of goals – the best result being Aarau’s 5-1 win at Neuchatel Xamax.

The result leaves Xamax bottom of the table level with FC Zurich who salvaged a 3-3 draw away at Sion thanks to two goals from South African striker Bartlett.

In the last game, Yverdon faced Servette. Servette went ahead in the first half but Yverdon hit two late goals in the second half to snatch victory.

The result lifted Yverdon to third from bottom, a point ahead of Neuchatel Xamax and FC Zurich.

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