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Lugano stun champions

Lugano's Caico celebrating his goal against Grasshoppers

(Keystone)

After a storming 5-2 victory over reigning champions Grasshoppers Zurich, Lugano have climbed up to fourth place in the Swiss football league, overtaking Grasshoppers in the process.

Even though the team from Ticino dominated most of the match, both teams were hit hard when they lost one player each. Grasshopper's Luca Ippoliti and Lugano's Ludovic Magnin both received red cards for severe fouls.

Star of the match was Argentinian striker Julio Hernan Rossi, who scored three of Lugano's goals.

Grasshoppers managed to recover from a 2-0 deficit in the first half, when Stéphane Chapuisat and Richard Nuñez each scored. However, this only lasted until Lugano's Bruno Sutter made it 2-3 just before half time.

The second half was dominated by the Ticinse team and after Rossi scored his third goal the Grashoppers lost their spirits completely. The final goal was scored by Caico in extra time.

St Gallen revival continues

In Sunday's other match, St Gallen continued their recent improvements, building on their midweek UEFA Cup success with a 3-1 victory over the season's early pacesetters FC Zurich.

In front of 11,300 spectators, Guido, Reto Zanni and Terinio Ionel Gane scored goals for St Gallen. Mikhail Kavelashvili scored the only goal for FC Zurich.

The win lifts St Gallen up to third place in the table, level on points with Lugano and second-placed Servette. Newly-promoted Young Boys of Bern are on top of the league after their 7-0 thrashing of Lausanne on Saturday.

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