FC Zurich beat FC St Gallen 4-1
FC Zurich have won their first game of the second phase of the 2014/2015 Super League season. The team of head coach Urs Meier beat FC St Gallen 4-1 tonight and celebrated a well-deserved away win.
The visitors from Zurich managed to score the opener just 7 minutes in when Franck Etoundi headed home a perfectly timed free kick by Marco Schönbächler. And just a few minutes later, Schönbächler was awarded another free kick from a similar spot on the left side. This time round, the Zurich midfielder scored directly from the free kick with a magnificent curler over St Gallen keeper Herzog, putting the score to 0-2.
The hosts from St Gallen created their first chance of the encounter after 29 minutes, when Karanovic played a cross to Bunjaku, but his shot was too weak and did not trouble Zurich keeper David Da Costa too much.
FC Zurich remained the more active team also after the half-time break and they created several good scoring opportunities for themselves. The match was ultimately decided when Avi Rikan, who had come back from a lengthy injury, found himself all alone in front of the St Gallen goal following an unbelievable pass by new signing Schneuwly and slotted the ball home without any problems – 0-3 on 71 minutes. The home side managed to get one back (1-3), but a quick Zurich counterattack which Armando Sadiku finished off to make the score 1-4 after a clever pass to the centre by Nico Elvedi was the final highlight of a successful evening.
FC Zurich will be facing FC Thun in their next home game this coming Sunday afternoon.
FC St.Gallen - FC Zürich 1:4 (0:2)
AFG ARENA - 11 955 Zuschauer - SR Klossner
Tore: 8. Etoundi 0:1, 13. Schönbächler 0:2, 71. Rikan 0:3, 77. Cavusevic 1:3, 84. Sadiku 1:4
St.Gallen: Herzog; Thrier, Russo, Besle, Facchinetti; Tafer, Mutsch, Mathys, Aratore (61. Roberto Rodriguez); Bunjaku (57. Cavusevic), Karanovic (78. Tréand)
Zürich: Da Costa; Nef, Kecojevic, Djimsiti; Philippe Koch, Elvedi, Schönbächler (89. Maurice Brunner); Kajevic (65. Rikan), Schneuwly; Etoundi (79. Sadiku)
Bemerkungen: St.Gallen ohne Everton (gesperrt), Babic, Gelmi, Freid, Janjatovic, Kovacic, Sikorski und Stevic (alle nicht im Aufgebot). Zürich ohne Chiumiento (gesperrt), Alesevic, Cédric Brunner, Buff, Gavranovic, Raphael Koch, Yapi (alle verletzt / rekonvaleszent), Chermiti, Chikhaoui und Malloth (alle nicht im Aufgebot).
Verwarnungen: 10. Etoundi (Hands), 53. Russo (Foul), 86. Roberto Rodriquez (Foul), 88. Rikan (Foul)