FC Zurich through to the Swiss Cup Final!
FC Zurich are through to the Swiss Cup final after a 5-4 penalty shootout victory over FC Thun tonight. The game was drawn 0-0 after 90 minutes, and neither the home side nor the visitors managed to score a goal in extra time either.
Although both teams were not able to score a goal during the whole 120 minutes, the game was all but boring and offered plenty of scoring opportunities on either side of the pitch. FC Zurich dominated the first 45 minutes in terms of ball possession, but FC Thun’s fast counterattacks were a permanent threat on the Zurich goal. Especially during the second half, the visitors had several good chances and got very close to scoring a goal, but thanks to FC Zurich keeper David Da Costa and his various miraculous saves, the score remained goalless until after extra time.
Therefore, a penalty shootout had to decide the game in the end: The first try by FC Thun’s Christian Schneuwly was deflected against the post and saved by David Da Costa – it was to be decisive moment as all other penalty-takers converted their tries.
With this victory, FC Zurich have qualified for the Swiss Cup final, where the team of head coach Urs Meier will be facing Super League leaders FC Basel. The final will be played in Berne on Easter Monday.
FC Zurich - FC Thun 5-4 after penalties (0-0, 0-0)
Letzigrund – attendance: 8 575 – referee: Jaccottet
Goals after 120 minutes: -
Penalty shootout: Christian Schneuwly (Da Costa saves), Buff 1-0, Lüthi 1-1, Chikhaoui 2-1, Zuffi 2-2, Sadiku 3-2, Marco Schneuwly 3-3, Teixeira 4-3, Schirinzi 4-4, Pedro Henrique 5-4
FC Zurich: Da Costa; Teixeira, Kecojevic, Djimsiti; Buff; Schönbächler (91 Pedro Henrique), Rikan (88 Etoundi), Chiumiento, Benito; Chikhaoui, Gavranovic (109 Sadiku)
FC Thun: Faivre; Lüthi, Reinmann, Sulmoni, Schirinzi; Siegfried; Nikci (113 Ferreira), Zuffi, Christian Schneuwly, Wittwer (80 Cassio); Marco Schneuwly
Notes: FC Zurich without Brunner, Chermiti, Philippe Koch, Kukeli, Nef (all injured / convalescent), Elvedi, Glarner, Kajevic and Malloth (all not in the squad). FC Thun without Sadik (suspended), Bättig, Hediger, Sanogo (all injured), Chihadeh, Frey, Gasser, Mensa and Ruberto (all not in the squad).
Bookings: 87 Schönbächler (unsportsmanlike conduct), 94 Lüthi (foul), 98 Cassio (foul), 100 Marco Schneuwly (foul), 116 Reinmann (foul), 117 Pedro Henrique (foul)