Victory premiere for Winterthur
Winterthur won, FCZ not: The champions slipped to last place at the end of the first quarter of the season
The 1-1 in the derby against the Grasshoppers at FC Zurich is a step in the right direction. In the Super League table, however, the champion is going the wrong way for the time being: back to the bottom of the table. Because promoted Winterthur comes to Sion for the first win of the season.
At the end of the first quarter of the season there were no changes in the top half of the Super League table. Of the top five, only Leader Young Boys managed to win. And this was also extremely close: it was only in the 95th minute that Jean-Pierre Nsame nodded off to make it 2-1 in Lucerne. Because the first pursuer Servette suffered a defeat after three wins in a row in Lugano at 0:1, the Bernese are now three points and more ahead of the competition. There was more movement at the bottom of the rankings, where promoted Winterthur overtook champions FC Zurich with their first win of the season. A look inside the Super League red zone.
Zurich: Improved, but still without a win
GC goalkeeper Justin Hammel saved a penultimate attempt by FC Zurich from Blerim Dzemaili in the derby in the 91st minute with his foot. “I don’t know how he saved that ball,” Dzemaili was supposed to say afterwards. Three minutes later, a header from FCZ joker Bohdan Viunnyk flew just wide of the goal, and so under interim coach Genesio Colatrella nothing came of the first win of the season for the champions in the Super League in the first game after Franco Foda was dismissed. It stayed at 1:1.
And yet they tried at FCZ to see the glass “half full” after this 279th Zurich derby, as Dzemaili said. «It was much better than in the last games. We can build on this achievement.” Especially in the first half, the FCZ showed the 17,000 spectators some of the qualities that distinguished them in the championship season: fighting and quick transitions. Only the city of Zurich were not as efficient as last year with top scorer Assan Ceesay. Dzemaili: «We know that we had to replace a striker with 20 goals. Such is missing at the moment. »
Antonio Marchesano’s opening goal after 15 minutes was too little reward for FCZ, because GC equalized shortly after the break with a shot under the crossbar by Bendeguz Bolla, which is well worth seeing. Because the Grasshoppers weren’t able to add anything afterwards either, the wait hasn’t come to an end for them either. They have been without a derby win for over four and a half years and eleven games.
Winterthur: First victory and no longer last
If you remember, raise your hand: On April 26, 1985, FC Winterthur won 3-1 against SC Zug in what was then National League A. It was the last win in the top division for over 37 years. Until newly promoted Winterthur traveled to Valais on Sunday and scored a deserved 3-1 win in Sion.
After the game, coach Bruno Berner said that a lot had been worked through in the last few days and that the team had been constantly encouraged. That had been necessary. 1:5, 0:3 and 0:6 were the last results. “We assured the team: You can do it, it will work at some point,” said Berner. In the Stade de Tourbillon the time had come. The recently overwhelmed Winterthur defended skillfully, but also benefited from the sluggish game of the Valais. And they set the highlights on the offensive. The way young striker Samuel Ballet defended himself in the 59th minute by dribbling in the opposing penalty area and scored the 2-1 lead showed a lot of quality.
The other goals were scored by Remo Buess and Florian Kamberi. Goalkeeper Timothy Fayulu, a loan player from FC Sion, was also one of the match winners. In the 76th minute, he saved Sion’s Kevin Bua from close range with a quick foot reflex. Incidentally, Bua had come on for Mario Balotelli just a few seconds earlier. He scored his first goal for Sion with a hand penalty shortly before the break, but otherwise remained like the rest of his team: pale and ponderous.