First Goal by Alexander Kerzhakov and Victory against FC Lucerne
FC Zurich have won their Super League away game against FC Lucerne 2-1 this afternoon. Thanks to this positive result, the team of head coach Sami Hyypiä has left the spot at the bottom of the table and climbed to 8th place, with 20 points in the current season so far.
Today’s win at the swissporarena can be attributed mainly to strong and well-organized defending and great efficiency in front of goal. FC Zurich started the game in a concentrated manner and had their first scoring opportunity on 14 minutes through striker Franck Etoundi; unfortunately, his effort was off target. But in the 28th minute, Anto Grgic put his side 1-0 up: Following a corner-kick, the 19-year-old midfielder fired a perfectly timed volley from the edge of the penalty area into the bottom left corner of the net – the Lucerne keeper didn’t stand a chance. The hosts showed an immediate reaction and had a lot of ball possession, without creating too many clear-cut chances though.
After the half-time break, FC Lucerne increased the pace and had several good opportunities to equalize the score. Fortunately, Zurich’s defenders and keeper Favre managed to thwart these chances, preserving the visitors‘ narrow advantage.
In the 73rd minute, Alexander Kerzhakov doubled FC Zurich’s lead to 2-0: the Russian striker finished off a counter-attack with a perfect chip over the keeper, scoring his first goal for FC Zurich. As for Zurich’s first goal, Franck Etoundi had provided the assist. Just before the end of normal time, Lucerne’s Sebastian Schachten scored the 1-2, and this result remained until the final whistle.
FC Zurich will be facing FC Lugano in their next away game on Saturday, February 20th (kick-off 5.45pm).
FC Luzern - FC Zürich 1:2 (0:1)
swissporarena - 10 119 Zuschauer - SR Jaccottet
Tore: 28. Grgic 0:1, 73. Kerzhakov 0:2, 90. Schachten 1:2
Luzern: Zibung; Thiesson, Puljic, Rogulj, Lustenberger (38. Schachten); Haas (63. Frey), Affolter; Christian Schneuwly, Neumayr (63. Hyka), Jantscher; Marco Schneuwly
Zürich: Favre; Nef, Sanchez, Kecojevic; Brunner (62. Kleiber, 85. Sarr), Yapi, Grgic, Vinicius; Kerzhakov (78. Kukeli); Etoundi, Bua
Bemerkungen: Luzern ohne Cirjak, Kryeziu (beide krank), Brandenburger (verletzt), Arnold, Oliveira und Schmid (alle nicht im Aufgebot). Zürich ohne Koch (gesperrt), Buff (krank), Alesevic, Cabral, Schönbächler, Simonyan (alle verletzt/rekonvaleszent), Baumann und Koné (beide nicht im Aufgebot).
Verwarnungen: 13. Rogulj (Foul), 30. Vinicius (Foul), 52. Sanchez (Foul), 66. Kecojevic (Foul), 81. Jantscher (Foul), 85. Marco Schneuwly (Foul)