FC Zurich Beat Young Boys Berne 3-1
FC Zurich have won their away game against Young Boys Berne 3-1 this afternoon. 6 games – 18 points: that's their immaculate record for the second half of the season so far.
During the first 45 minutes, not much about the two teams' performance suggested that they would score any goals today as both sides primarily focused on their defending and tried to keep their opponents as far away from their own goal as possible.
But shortly after the half-time break, on 47 minutes, the 1-0 for Young Boys Berne scored by their skipper Moreno Costanzo changed this setup completely. The teams now went into the offense and the match developed into an affair with plenty of scoring opportunities on either side of the pitch.
Mario Gavranovic equalized the score 20 minutes later with his eleventh goal of the current campaign. Shortly thereafter, Berat Djimsiti was fouled in the box – referee Klossner awarded FC Zurich a penalty, which Tunisian midfielder Yassine Chikhaoui converted without any problems to put the visitors 2-1 up. Keeper Yvon Mvogo in the Young Boys goal didn't stand a chance.
Since Young Boys Berne now had to play more offensively to at least get one point out of this match, FC Zurich got to play several quick counterattacks to decide to game once and for all. Brazilian midfielder Pedro Henrique, who had come on in the 83rd minute, took advantage of one of these opportunities: he dribbled past Swiss national defender Steve Von Bergen and slid the ball through the legs of keeper Mvogo.
With this victory, FC Zurich are still ranked 4th in the Swiss Super League table, but their deficit on leaders FC Basel has shrunk to just 5 points now.
FC Zurich will be facing FC Lucerne in their next away game this coming Sunday.
BSC Young Boys Berne - FC Zurich 1-3 (0-0)
Stade de Suisse Wankdorf – attendance: 17 297 – referee: SR Klossner
Goals: 47 Costanzo 1-0, 67 Gavranovic 1-1, 83 Chikhaoui (penalty) 1-2, 92 Pedro Henrique 1-3
BSC Young Boys Berne: Mvogo; Sutter (86 Afum), Vilotic, Von Bergen, Rochat; Costanzo, Gajic; Nuzzolo, Kubo, Steffen (80 Lecjaks); Zarate (73 Martinez)
FC Zurich: Da Costa; Teixeira, Kecojevic, Djimsiti; Buff; Philippe Koch, Chikhaoui, Chiumiento, Schönbächler; Etoundi (83 Sadiku), Gavranovic (83 Pedro Henrique)
Notes: Young Boys Berne without Frey (suspended), Wölfli, Gerndt, Simpson, Spycher, Bürki, Doubai (all injured) and Sessolo (not in the squad). FC Zurich without Rikan (suspended), Benito, Brunner, Chermiti, Nef, Kukeli (all injured), Di Gregorio, Elvedi, Kajevic and Malloth (all not in the squad).
Bookings: 11 Djimsiti (foul), 24 Zarate (foul), 27 Philippe Koch (foul), 71 Steffen (foul), 81 Vilotic (foul), 90 Gajic (foul), 91 Chikhaoui (foul), 93 Pedro Henrique (time wasting)