FC Zurich Würth Swiss Cup Winners!
FC Zurich have won the Swiss cup final in Berne this afternoon! They beat FC Basel 2-0 after extra time thanks to two goals by Swiss national striker Mario Gavranovic.
FC Basel had the first promising scoring opportunity of the game after five minutes when Davide Callà got away from Avi Rikan – but his try from a sharp angle did not constitute a problem for FC Zurich keeper David Da Costa. The team from Zurich had their first chance about eight minutes in, but the shot by Teixeira was deflected off a Basel defender.
On 66 minutes, Chiumiento played a precise pass to quick-paced Cameroonian striker Franck Etoundi. He would have had the opportunity to run straight onto the FC Basel goal undisturbed if it hadn’t been for Basel defender Sauro’s challenge; the Argentinian defender got sent off for his professional foul.
A little under 10 minutes before the final whistle, Davide Chiumiento was unlucky when his shot from about 30 metres out bounced off the crossbar. And just six minutes later, Gavranovic’s last shot on goal during regular time was saved by Basel keeper Sommer – the 2014 cup final had to be decided in extra time.
Just 10 minutes into extra time, Basel’s Sio went down in the penalty area after a tackle by FC Zurich defender Teixeira. Referee Graf considered this a dive by Sio and sent him off after his second yellow card – a really contested decision. Mario Gavranovic finally opened the score in the very next FC Zurich attack when he headed a long ball by Teixeira into the net to score the well-deserved 1-0 lead.
The game was then ultimately decided after 114 minutes when Tunisian midfielder Yassine Chikhaoui dribbled past his opponent magnificently and played a smart pass to Mario Gavranovic, who tucked the ball away from short range to put the score to 2-0.
FC Zurich - FC Basel 2-0 after extra time (1-0, 0-0)
Stade de Suisse Wankdorf – attendance: 23,312 – referee: Graf
Goals: 100 Gavranovic 1-0, 114 Gavranovic 2-0
FC Zurich: Da Costa; Teixeira, Kecojevic, Djimsiti; Buff (86 Mariani); Philippe Koch, Chiumiento, Chikhaoui, Rikan (110 Kajevic); Etoundi (91 Sadiku), Gavranovic
FC Basel: Sommer; Aliji, Suchy, Sauro, Safari; Serey Die; Callà (70 Arlind Ajeti), Elneny, Frei (60 Delgado), Stocker (105 Diaz); Sio
Notes: FC Zurich without Benito, Pedro Henrique, Schönbächler (all suspended), Brunner, Chermiti, Kukeli, Nef (all injured / convalescent), Elvedi and Malloth (not in the squad). FC Basel without Philipp Degen, Ivanov, Schär, Streller and Voser (all injured). 82 shot by Chiumiento against the crossbar.
Bookings: 47 Sio (foul), 61 Chikhaoui (unsportsmanlike conduct), 62 Elneny (unsportsmanlike conduct), 83 Buff (foul), 95 Kecojevic (foul), 101 Serey Die (unsportsmanlike conduct)
Sent off: 66 Sauro (professional foul), 99 Sio (2nd yellow card for unsportsmanlike conduct)