Basel had to play less early on because of an assault with a man. Still, the Bebbi got a point. Vaduz won 2-1 against St. Gallen.
The mood heated up early on in the game between FC Basel and Lausanne Sport. After initially unspectacular 20 minutes in St. Jakobs-Park, the referee Eray Cömert apparently showed the red card out of nowhere.
The repetition showed, however, that the defender let himself be carried away by Lausanne striker Mahou to assault. A short push, a grip from Cömert in the face of Mahou and the 23-year-old flew off the pitch – understandably to the displeasure of Basel coach Sforza.
The first real scoring chance came in the 38th minute, which says a lot about the attractiveness of the game: Puertas fired a rocket from an acute angle at the goal of Basel, but only hit the crossbar. After that, the pressure from Lausanne-Sport increased, while Basel tried not to go under with ten of them, which the Bebbi finally managed.
The Basel team started the second half in a lively mood, Sforza’s speech at break seemed to have worked. But with ten people it is difficult to keep up the high pace and Lausanne soon regained the upper hand. Nevertheless, the attractive football did not materialize. Only Cabral’s long-range shot in the 54th minute and Kukuruzovic’s shot in the 62nd minute are worth mentioning, both unsuccessful. Even after that, the game remained rather unattractive until shortly before the end. In stoppage time, both sides gave up chances that never came about in the game.
The game ended goalless.
Vaduz beats St. Gallen 2-1
In the first game of the Super League on Saturday, Vaduz got off to a better start and kept developing good chances. Joel Schmied opened the score in the 29th minute. With preliminary work by Prokopic, the Vaduzer only had to push in before Zigi.
The only good chance for Eastern Switzerland in the first half had Captain Jordi Quintilla. His free kick only hit the crossbar.
The runner-up thus lost and failed to establish himself in the top third of the table.
(alp / fos)