Swiss Cup semi-finals: FC Zurich suffer 1-3 defeat against FC Basel
FC Zurich have lost their Helvetia Swiss Cup semi-final against FC Basel 1-3 tonight.
FC Basel scored the opening goal already in the fifth minute of tonight’s game when Okafor made use of plenty of free space and put FC Basel 1-0 in front with the very first shot on goal from around 20 meters. FC Zurich managed to react immediately to this deficit and had several good opportunities to equalize the score: Umaru Bangura's effort from long range was kept out by Basel keeper Jonas Omlin (15th minute) and just one minute later, a shot by Alain Nef was also saved by Omlin (16th minute). In the 33rd minute, the Basel keeper was able to deny Assan Ceesay following a corner as he stopped the ball on the line with his foot.
Just like in the first half, FC Basel also got off to a better start to the second half, and FC Zurich goalkeeper Andris Vanins had to keep out efforts by Aldo Kalulu and Marek Suchy (49th minute). In the 74th minute, Toni Domgjoni was brought down in the penalty area by Marek Suchy, but referee Stephan Klossner's whistle remained silent.
The game was decided in the 87th minute when Kuzmanovic doubled the visitors’ lead to 2-0. And in injury time, Ajeti beat Zurich keeper Vanins with a lob in the 92nd minute (3-0). Just before the final whistle, Odey headed the ball home to score Zurich’s only goal of the evening to put the final score to 1-3.
Next Sunday afternoon, 28 April 2019, FC Zurich will be hosting FC Sion at the Letzigrund Stadium (kick-off 4pm).