- Leader YB won 4-1 in Lugano thanks to an improved performance in the 12th round of the Premier League. 3 of 4 goals for Berne came in the 45th minute.
- With this, YB expands his lead over stalker Servette to 8 points in the meantime.
- In the other match on Wednesday, Lucerne separates St. Gallen 3: 3.
When YB coach Rafael Wieke replaced defenders Loen Blume (51) and Fabian Lustenburger (56) when it was 1-1 against Lugano rather than boost the attack, many YB fans rubbed their eyes in amazement. But a move by Valais worked: the duo calmed down on the back of the Premier League leaders and made it possible to achieve 4-1 at Cornaredo.
And something went a little ahead of time to start. Twenty minutes before the end, only Lugano goalkeeper Amir Saybe managed to block Cedric Itten’s shot to the side. Ulysses Garcia had a spot there – in his first game after serving from suspension after a Fabian Schubert foul – and scored to make it 2-1. The event was preceded by an alleged wrong-play by Eaten on Jonathan Sabatini, for which she was not penalized.
Lugano was shocked after this goal and could no longer respond. Kastriot Imeri (80) and Itten (90 + 5) put the cap on with two more goals in the YB quarter.
After 13 seconds shake
Before the break, the host team YB was even for extended periods. Hisham Maheh marked the road after only 13 seconds. After a mistake in YB’s defense, the Frenchman failed at the post. Momentum was curbed by Jean-Pierre Nessam. And put the Cameroonian leader in the lead with his fourteenth goal in the thirteenth match.
But Lugano was not at all shocked. After a superb individual performance by Milton Valenzuela, veteran Rito Ziegler equalized the score after a subsequent corner kick. It was to be the last real highlight of the Mattia Croci-Torti team. Before the break Fassnacht missed a potential 2:1 for YB for the first time – after the break his team should be more efficient.
Stephen with bad trespassing
The match could have serious consequences for Nati player Renato Stephen: the winger slipped in extra time and was injured. After the match, the 30-year-old disappeared into the dressing room with tears in his eyes.
If the Lugano player actually misses the World Cup in Qatar, it would be a bitter kind of déjà vu: he already missed the finals in 2016 (a muscle fiber tear) and 2020 (ankle injury) due to injury. In 2018, he was absent for sporting reasons.
This is how it goes
YB ends the English week on Saturday at home in Wankdorf against Sion. Lucerne welcomes Lugano on the same day (from 8:30pm on SRF Zwei) and can overtake Ticino with a win.
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