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FC Zurich draw Neuchâtel Xamax 1:1

Tonight’s game between FC Zurich and Neuchâtel Xamax, currently ranked second in the Challenge League table, has ended in a 1:1 draw.

From kick-off, FC Zurich were the more active side on the pitch and had a couple of promising scoring opportunities. Only four minutes in, newly signed Ghanaian striker Raphael Dwamena just missed a cross by Marco Schönbächler and two minutes later, a Alain Nef missed Roberto Rodriguez‘ square pass by a couple of inches.

On eight minutes, FC Zurich were then rewarded for their efforts: Raphael Dwamena came out on top of his opponent on the left and kept the overview. His cross found the foot of Oliver Buff in the middle, who beat Xamax keeper Laurent Walthert without any problems, opening the score 1:0 for the home side.

When Charles-André Doudin protested a little too vehemently in the 14th minute, referee Alain Bieri showed him the red card and sent him off. Despite several good opportunities, FC Zurich were unfortunately not able to take advantage of their numerical superiority on the pitch. Also, they were rather unlucky when a shot by Dwamena on 33 minutes was deflected off target by Rodriguez.

After the half-time break, the visitors from Neuchâtel began to play more offensively. Nevertheless, FC Zurich still had the better chances to double their lead – the best one by Antonio Marchesano on 70 minutes, but his free-kick bounced off the post. With their very next attack, Xamax Neuchâtel then equalized the score, though, as Raphaël Nuzzolo beat Zurich keeper Andris Vanins after a counter-attack.

With this draw, FC Zurich’s advantage against Neuchâtel Xamax in the Challenge League table remains at nine points. Next Saturday, 18 February 2017, FC Zurich will be facing FC Wil away (kick- off 5.45pm).

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FC Zürich
1:1 (1:0)
Neuchâtel Xamax FCS
Buff (8.)
Brunner (61.)
Doudin (14.)
Nuzzolo (14.)
Nimani (28.)
Nuzzolo (70.)
Djuric (74.)
Letzigrund, Zürich 8750 Spectators
Referee Alain Bieri

FC Zürich

1Vanins
8Marchesano
11Dwamena
13Nef
15Buffbis 78.
26Brunner
27Schönbächlerbis 72.
31Kryeziu
34Rodriguezbis 81.
37Yapi (C)
41Voser

Ersatz

61Baumann (ET)
2Rüegg
7Winterab 72.
10Chiumientoab 78.
14Konéab 81.
21Cavusevic
28Stettler

Neuchâtel Xamax

30Walthert
7Corbaz
10Doudin
11Karlenbis 84.
12Veloso
14Nuzzolobis 78.
19Odabasi
20Sejmenovic
23Gomes
55Djuric
88Nimanibis 73.

Ersatz

1Sallaj (ET)
8Ramiziab 73.
9Sengerab 84.
15Goncalves
16Leoni
21Qela
29Teixeiraab 78.

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