UEFA Europa League Qualification: FC Zurich Suffer 0-1 Defeat against Dinamo Minsk
FC Zurich to Face Dinamo Minsk in UEFA Europa League Qualification

FC Vaduz - FC Zurich 2:2

This afternoon’s Super League away game between FC Zurich and FC Vaduz has ended in a 2-2 draw.

The first fifteen minutes of the encounter were pretty well balanced until Burim Kukeli had a weak moment on 28 minutes: the central defender tried to clear a ball across FC Zurich’s box. This clearance found its way to Costanzo who passed the ball to Muntwiler, and the FC Vaduz player did not need a second invitation as he slotted the ball home into the upper left-hand corner of the net, putting his side 1-0 up.

Just before the half-time break, referee Klossner awarded a spot-kick to the visitors from Zurich – Ciccone had fouled Chermiti in the box. Armando Sadiku converted this penalty without any problems and put his side level. But only three minutes after the game had restarted, Neumayr played a well-timed free kick to Muntwiler who headed this delivery home unchallenged, putting the score to 2-1 for the team from Liechtenstein. This goal should have been disallowed, though, as Muntwiler had started from an offside position.

FC Zurich kept on looking for the equalizer. On 62 minutes, Sadiku came out on top of two opponents but his shot, delivered when already off-balance, hit the post and did not go in. Five minutes later, Gavranovic’s powerful free kick past the Vaduz wall and on goal forced keeper Jehle to show some of his skill. FC Zurich’s efforts to equalize ultimately paid off on 71 minutes: Gavranovic lobbed the ball over the Vaduz defense to Etoundi. The Cameroonian striker dribbled past Stahel and netted in to put the score to 2-2 – and this result was not going to change until the final whistle.

FC Zurich will be facing Dinamo Minsk in their first leg of the third round Europa League qualifier at home this coming Thursday (kickoff 7.30pm) and local rivals Grasshopper Club on Sunday afternoon for the next Zurich derby (kickoff 4pm).


FC Vaduz - FC Zürich 2:2 (1:1)

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Tore: 28. Muntwiler 1:0, 45. Sadiku (Foulpenalty) 1:1, 48. Muntwiler 2:1, 71. Etoundi 2:2 

Vaduz: Jehle; Von Niederhäusern (85. Cecchini), Stahel, Grippo, Aliji; Kukuruzovic, Muntwiler, Ciccone (74. Hasler); Messaoud (87. Caballero), Neumayr, Costanzo

Zürich: Brecher; Djimsiti, Nef, Kukeli (71. Sarr), Koch; Cabral; Schneuwly, Buff, Chiumiento, Chermiti (63. Etoundi); Sadiku (63. Gavranovic)

Bemerkungen: Vaduz ohne Burgmeier, Kaufmann, Kuzmanovic, Schürpf, Sutter und Untersee (alle verletzt). Zürich ohne Alesevic, Kecojevic, Schönbächler, Yapi (alle verletzt / rekonvaleszent), Baumann, Bua, Grgic, Mariani, Simonyan (alle U21) und Chikhaoui (nicht im Aufgebot). 62. Pfostenschuss Sadiku.

Verwarnungen: 13. Schneuwly (Unsportlichkeit), 31. Cabral (Foul), 42. Sadiku (Foul), 44. Ciccone (Foul), 56. Muntwiler (Foul), 75. Neumayr (Foul), 78. Chiumiento (Foul)

Platzverweis: 92. Cabral (2. gelbe Karte nach Foul)

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