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No great surprises during Saturday’s matches

Concordia's Abibou Tchagnao in his struggle against FC Basel's Carlos Varela (left)

Swiss football league leaders FC Basel had no difficulty clearing their first Swiss Cup hurdle on Saturday, with Christian Gross's men thrashing local minnows Concordia Basel 5-0.

FC Basel, who were forced to do without the influential Yakin brothers, scored the first two goals early in the game.

Sébastien Barberis and George Koumantarakis netted the ball in front of 5,400 spectators in the St Jakob Park in the first half.

Shortly after the break, top scorer Gimenez scored the third goal for the team, before Hervé Tum scored twice.

Zurich slam Schoetz¶

FC Zurich were also clear winners on Saturday, downing third division side Schötz 3-0.

Just before half-time the Zurich team took the lead through Mikhail Kavelashvili, which was then extended by two Francisco Guerrero goals shortly after the break.

FC Zurich’s local rivals Grasshoppers Zurich also won by a three goal margin although the Swiss champions did allow fourth division opponents Wittenbach a goal in a match which finished 4-1 to the favourites.

When in the seventh minute Wittenbach managed to equalise, the crowd was unstoppable, however, the enthusiasm died down quickly, when Richard Nuñez scored a second goal for the Grashoppers.

Nuñez managed to score twice for the Zurich team and with Mate Baturina scoring the team’s fourth.

But had it not been for the brilliant performance by their goalie Markus Sonderegger, Wittenbach’s defeat would have been even greater.

Servette and Lucerne scrape through

Top division sides Servette and FC Lucerne found things much tougher in their Saturday matches, with Servette achieving a 3-2 victory over Wangen and Lucerne beating Juventus Zurich with a meagre 2-1.

Servette could just avoid a very embarrassing draw, when Goran Obradovic scored in the 90th minute of the match.

Lucerne left things even later, with Oliver Maric only scoring the winning goal in the 92nd minute.

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