Lausanne misses the mark against GC

The Vaudois lost 3-1 at Letzigrund and miss the opportunity to come back to 4 points from Lucerne

Thomas Castella may have diverted the penalty from Leo Bonatini, Lausanne suffered a defeat against GC which could cost him dearly. © Keystone

Thomas Castella may have diverted the penalty from Leo Bonatini, Lausanne suffered a defeat against GC which could cost him dearly. © Keystone

Published on 25.04.2022

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Super League » Lausanne missed a golden opportunity to really rekindle the flame of hope. Beaten 3-1 at Letzigrund by Grasshopper, the Vaudois lost more than one game. They squandered the chance offered to them to come back to within four points of Lucerne, dominated 3-0 at the same time in Basel. Even if there are still five days left and if Lausanne will move to Lucerne next Sunday, we have the feeling that the mass is said for the training of Alain Casanova. To maintain, it was necessary to win this match at Letzigrund.

Lausanne had however opened the scoring with a free kick from Stjepan Kukuruzovic admirably shot in two stages in the 5th minute. The visitors failed to drive the point home before losing ground to concede Hayao Kawabe’s equaliser. In the 37th, the Japanese had followed a penalty from Léo Bonatini pushed back by Thomas Castella. The 2-1 fell in the 72nd on an autogoal this time from Arme Zohouri after an action where the Lausanne defense got it all wrong. Bendeguz Bolla made it 3-1 in added time.

With this victory, Grasshopper gives up 8th place in the standings to FC Sion, beaten 5-1 the day before by Zurich, with an 8-point margin over the barrage Lucerne. In Basel, the people of Lucerne were unlucky. Crucified by a double from captain Valentin Stocker, a pure Lucernois, they had the “bad luck” to come up against a Heinz Lindner of the great days. The Austrian goalkeeper multiplied the parades – he notably diverted a penalty – against a team which in no case deserved to bow on such a score.

A delayed coronation

The success of Basel delays the coronation of Zurich. But that’s only a postponement. The Zurichers will be so on Sunday at Parc Saint-Jacques if they do not lose the clash for honor against Basel.

This 31st day will not restore the morale of the Romand supporters. Before the scuttling of Lausanne against Grasshopper, Sion and Servette had not really “existed” in front of Zurich and Young Boys respectively (1-3). At Letzigrund, the Sédunois showed too many shortcomings in defense to worry the leader for a single second. It’s hard to find an identity in a team that doesn’t really arouse real passion around it. ats

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