FC Zurich Wins Away Game against FC Basel 2:1
After four losses in a row, FC Zurich has finally found its way back to success. The team of head coach Urs Meier came back from 0:1 down and turned the game against FC Basel around to win it 2:1.
During the first few minutes of the match, nothing hinted at the fact that FC Zurich might eventually be able to come out on top and win the three points this afternoon: From kick-off, FC Basel put a lot of pressure on the visitors and, as a consequence, Basel forward Marco Streller put the home side in the lead when he converted one of several opportunities just 7 minutes into the match.
At this point, most of the supporters probably thought that FC Basel would be in for a quiet afternoon. But quite the opposite! FC Zurich got into the game a bit more as the first half progressed and Avi Rikan eventually put the excitement back into the match when he scored his very first goal for his new club and put FC Zurich level (Mario Gavranovic had set him up nicely).
Today’s encounter finally developed into an open match and the action moved from one side of the pitch to the other – with the better end for FC Zurich. Still inside 60 minutes, Gavranovic scored the 2:1 after Rikan played a cross to the middle and the Zurich striker found himself alone in front of Basel keeper Sommer. FC Basel, however, kept on pushing for the equalizer and for victory until the final whistle and wouldn’t give in just yet, but it was FC Zurich who had the most promising scoring opportunity when Amine Chermiti hit the post.
“I’m very proud of my team”, head coach Urs Meier said after the game. And rightly so.
FC Zurich will be facing FC Bassersdorf, a club from the greater Zurich area, in the first round of the Swiss Cup this Saturday.
FC Basel - FC Zurich 1:2 (1:1)
St. Jakob-Park – attendance: 28,668 – referee: Kever
Goals: 7 Streller 1:0, 24 Rikan 1:1, 58 Gavranovic 1:2
FC Basel: Sommer; Philipp Degen (61 Voser), Schär, Ivanov, Safari; Elneny (74 Andrist); Salah, Frei, Xhaka (61 Delgado), Diaz; Streller
FC Zurich: Da Costa; Philippe Koch, Djimsiti, Nef, Benito; Chiumiento, Kukuruzovic; Mariani, Rikan (73 Schönbächler), Pedro Henrique; Gavranovic (67 Chermiti)
Notes: FC Basel without Stocker (suspended), Bobadilla (not on the squad), Ritter and Serey Die (both injured). FC Zurich without Kukeli, Teixeira (both injured / convalescent), Chikhaoui (absent / has resumed training after illness), Brunner, Di Gregorio and Etoundi (all not on the squad).
Bookings: 52 Xhaka (foul), 58 Pedro Henrique (unsportsmanlike conudct), 78 Schär (foul), 88 Da Costa (time wasting)