Goalless Draw between FC Zurich and FC Basel
Despite rather cold temperatures and snow flurries during today’s encounter between FC Zurich and Super League leaders FC Basel, almost 15,000 football fans found their way to the Letzgrund Stadium this afternoon.
After a well-balanced first half without hardly any promising scoring opportunities on either side of the pitch, FC Zurich had the better start to the second half and managed to create several good chances for themselves. However, both Mario Gavranovic and Frank Etoundi were not able to convert the best of these to put the home side in the lead.
During the half-time break, a driving snow set in, making the conditions on the pitch even more difficult for the two teams. On 59 minutes, FC Zurich’s Montenegrin defender Ivan Kecojevic was awarded his second yellow card within just a few moments for an alleged foul on FC Basel striker Streller. However, this call by referee Nicolaj Hänni was too harsh as there was hardly any contact between the two players. No surprise therefore that FC Zurich’s players protested vehemently, but to no avail - the referee was not to be deterred. And what made this decision even more annoying was the fact that Streller had started his run from an offside position and play should have been halted.
But although they were now one man down, FC Zurich defended really well and would not give in to their opponents – in the end, the 0-0 draw was a well-deserved result for the home side.
This Wednesday will see the next important game for FC Zurich: They will be facing FC Thun in the Würth Swiss Cup semi-finals (kickoff 9pm).
FC Zurich - FC Basel 0-0
Letzigrund – attendance: 14,749 – referee: Hänni
FC Zurich: Da Costa; Philippe Koch (19 Raphael Koch), Kecojevic, Djimsiti; Buff; Pedro Henrique, Rikan, Chiumiento, Benito; Etoundi (69 Kajevic), Gavranovic (81 Sadiku)
FC Basel: Sommer; Philipp Degen, Sauro, Aliji, Suchy; Frei, Callà (83 Stocker), Serey Die (69 Elneny), Diaz; Streller, Sio (58 Xhaka)
Notes: FC Zurich without Chikhaoui, Schönbächler, Teixeira (all suspended), Brunner, Chermiti, Kukeli, Nef (all injured / convalescent), Di Gregorio, Elvedi and Malloth (all not in the squad). FC Basel without Adili, Arlind Ajeti, Delgado, Ivanov, Safari, Schär, Voser (all injured), Araz, Salvi, Seferagic and Simic (all not in the squad).
Bookings: 32 Gavranovic (handball), 34 Serey Die (foul), 56 Kecojevic (dissent), 83 Rikan (foul)
Sent off: 59 Kecojevic (second yellow card for foul)