FC Zurich Beats Young Boys Berne 1-0
After the disappointing performance against FC Aarau last Thursday, FC Zurich has shown a convincing reaction this afternoon and celebrated a well-deserved 1-0 victory over Young Boys Berne.
While the home team from Berne dominated the first 10 minutes of the game, FC Zurich soon got into the match a little better and created some promising chances. After Davide Chiumiento had tested Young Boys keeper Wölfli with a shot from wide range, Amine Chermiti had the next opportunity to put the visitors in the lead: fellow Tunisian Yassine Chikhaoui had set him up nicely with a perfectly timed pass into the center of the box, but Chermiti’s shot was deflected off target by a Young Boys Berne defender.
Finally, 50 minutes into the match, FC Zurich’s players got to celebrate their goal: Pedro Henrique played a free kick high into the middle of the box where Chermiti got his head on the ball and put it into the Young Boys net to put his side 1-0 ahead. During the next few minutes, the hosts had several chances to equalize the score; most notably in the 58th minute when Gerndt’s shot from close range was just wide.
After a bit over an hour, Young Boys Berne defender Rochat was given the second yellow card and sent off – but FC Zurich could not take advantage of their superiority. Instead, five minutes before the end of normal time, the Austrian referee showed Zurich’s Davide Chiumiento a straight red card. Apparently, he thought that Chiumiento had pushed his opponent to the ground and punished him for unsportsmanlike conduct; however, the FC Zurich player had not even been near the scene and this sending off was obviously an incorrect decision by the officials.
As a result of these bookings, expulsions and ensuing discussions, there were 7 minutes of added time – during which FC Zurich was again lucky when Von Bergen’s header was just a couple of inches too high and bounced off the crossbar. But this was the last goal-scoring opportunity this afternoon and FC Zurich won the match and the 3 points.
FC Zurich will be playing their next home game against FC Lucerne this Saturday evening.
Young Boys Berne - FC Zurich 0-1 (0-0)
Stade de Suisse Wankdorf – attendance: 16,137 – referee: Harkam (Austria)
Goal: 50 Chermiti 0-1
Young Boys Berne: Wölfli; Hadergjonaj, Von Bergen, Rochat, Bürki; Costanzo, Spycher (46 Fekete); Zarate (70 Steffen), Frey (54 Kubo), Nuzzolo; Gerndt
FC Zurich: Da Costa; Philippe Koch, Nef, Teixeira, Glarner; Kukuruzovic (61 Kajevic), Chiumiento; Schönbächler, Chikhaoui (70 Etoundi), Pedro Henrique; Chermiti (90 Djimsiti)
Notes: Young Boys Berne without Bertone (suspended), Affolter, Doubai, Gajic, Simpson, Sutter and Veskovac (all injured). FC Zurich without Benito, Kukeli, Rikan (all injured / convalescent), Brunner, Buff and Di Gregorio (all not in the squad). 64 Young Boys Berne head coach Forte sent away from the bench. 95. von Bergen hits the crossbar.
Bookings: 24 Rochat (foul), 29 Chermiti (unsportsmanlike conduct), 64 Wölfli (protest), 74 Etoundi (foul), 76 Nuzzolo (foul), 79 von Bergen (foul), 85 Fekete (foul), 86 Nef (foul), 86 Pedro Henrique (protest), 92 Glarner (unsportsmanlike conduct), 97 Kajevic (foul)
Sent off: 63 Rochat (second yellow card for foul), 86 Chiumiento (?)