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Second division football clubs bid for cup glory

St Gallen's players will be hoping for renewed success against lower-division side Fribourg in their Cup match

(Keystone Archive)

Competition is hotting up in this year's Swiss football Cup. Three sides have already qualified for the quarterfinals - Thun, Basel and Lausanne - while five matches remain to be played on Wednesday and Thursday.

Wednesday's games will be an opportunity for second division sides to take a shot at a place in the quarterfinals. Winterthur head to Schaffhausen to take on the local first league side in what promises to be a tough game, while Bern's Young Boys go to Wangen.

On Thursday, the reigning national champions, St Gallen, cross the Röstigraben to face Fribourg's first league team.

St Gallen will be hoping for better luck against the French-Swiss side, following their defeat against Servette Geneva at the weekend.

The competition's remaining minnows, the second league team from Biasca in canton Ticino, are hosting Servette.

Thursday also sees the only clash between first division sides, when Zurich take on Yverdon.

Zurich have enjoyed a successful beginning to the final round of the championship, while the canton Vaud team is trying to hold its place among the country's elite in the relegation competition.

swissinfo with agencies


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