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St Gallen lose out to Lausanne

Lausanne's Daniel Puce (left) goes for the ball against St Gallen's Ionel Gane Keystone

Defending football league champions St Gallen have suffered a setback in their bid to retain the title after losing away to sixth-placed Lausanne, 2-0.

Lausanne were the team in control on the pitch from the moment the referee blew the whistle and their tenacity paid off with a goal from Kuzba in the 18th minute. A second goal courtesy of Masudi on the final whistle confirmed their victory.

Despite the defeat, St Gallen retain their lead at the top of the table, where they were joined on Friday night by rivals Grasshoppers Zurich.

The Grasshoppers, who stole a thrilling 4-2 victory over city rivals FC Zurich on Friday, remain level on points with St Gallen. Victory against Lausanne would have cemented St Gallen’s lead and dampened the Grasshoppers’ hopes of stealing the title from them.

In Saturday’s other league tie, Servette drew at home to Sion, 2-2.

Servette were without injured Obradovic as well as Thurre, Londono and Bah, all of whom are on match suspension.

A penalty courtesy of Wolf in the 59th minute momentarily put Servette in the lead. But Sion, currently languishing at the bottom of the table, fought back to draw level with a superb second goal from man-of-the-match Poueys.

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