FC Zurich Beat Local Rivals Grasshopper Club 1-3!
FC Zurich have won this afternoon’s encounter with local rivals Grasshopper Club 1-3 thanks to two goals scored by Franck Etoundi and one goal by Francisco Rodriguez.
After an evenly-matched beginning, Grasshopper Club’s players launched several rushes and quick attacks, predominantly over the right, surprising FC Zurich’s defense a couple of times and creating some dangerous scoring opportunities for themselves in front of David Da Costa. On 15 minutes, one of these attempts was then crowned with success when Caio opened the score after a cross from the right by Ravet, putting the home side 1-0 up.
FC Zurich got into the game a little better after this set-back and started to go into the offense, pushing their opponents into their own half again and again. And while a first try by Davide Chiumiento was just wide and whizzed past the angle of the goal (23th minute), Franck Etoundi put his side level six minutes later: A perfectly timed cross by Philippe Koch found Etoundi in the middle, and the Cameroonian striker scored the 1-1 with a stunning and well-aimed header from 14 meters out – a truly magnificent goal indeed!
Nothing much happened during the first twenty minutes of the second half, until Davide Chiumiento was fouled in the box by Grasshopper Club defender Gülen on 66 minutes – but the referee’s whistle remained silent to the astonishment of both players and supporters. But FC Zurich still scored the 1-2 shortly after when another header by Franck Etoundi slammed against the crossbar and Francisco Rodriguez converted the rebound without any problems. In the 82nd minute, Etoundi found himself all alone in front of the Grasshopper goal after a well-timed deep pass by Philippe Koch and netted in to put the score to 1-3.
FC Zurich will be facing Villarreal CF in their next game of the UEFA Europa League group stage this Thursday evening.
Grasshopper Club Zürich - FC Zürich 1:3 (1:1)
Letzigrund - 19 200 Zuschauer - SR Bieri
Tore: 15. Caio 1:0, 29. Etoundi 1:1, 75. Rodriquez 1:2, 82. Etoundi 1:3
Grasshopper Club: Davari; Lang, Gülen, Grichting, Pavlovic; Dingsdag, Abrashi (83. Bauer); Ravet, Dabbur, Caio (70. Ben Khalifa); Ngamukol (77. Kahraba)
FC Zürich: Da Costa, Nef, Kecojevic (12. Philippe Koch), Djimsiti; Kajevic, Yapi; Buff, Chiumiento (87. Chermiti), Schönbächler (69. Rodriquez); Etoundi, Chikhaoui
Bemerkungen: GC ohne Salatic (suspendiert). Zürich ohne Kleiber (gesperrt), Gavranovic, Raphael Koch, Kukeli, Rikan, Sadiku (alle verletzt / rekonvaleszent), Alesevic, Cédric Brunner, Malloth und Oberlin (alle nicht im Aufgebot).
Verwarnungen: 67. Gülen (Foul), 68. Kajevic (Foul)
Platzverweis: 88. Grichting (Tätlichkeit)