Undisputed leader of the Super League, YB had to settle for a 1-1 draw in Basel on Matchday 23. For its part, Lausanne-Sport obtained a victory worth its weight in gold in Vaduz (3-0) while Servette also won on the road, 1-0 in St. Gallen.
The Young Boys have certainly dominated against the Balois who are most often curled up in defense, but they have failed to materialize. It was even the FCB who struck first on a magnificent strike from Males (20th). The euphoria did not last for the Rhinelanders, however, as Lauper equalized six minutes later after a subtle heel from Elia.
The three-time title holders benefited from a few chances in the second period including Nsamé. On the other hand, Cabral was awkward for the Basques. But this conquered point of high struggle may give air to Ciriaco Sforza.
In Liechtenstein, Lausanne confirmed its current good phase despite a decimated squad. A victorious header from Bolingi in the 44th after a cross from Suzuki and successes from Tsoungui and Da Cunha in stoppage time allowed him to pocket three very important points. The LS has thus just taken ten points out of twelve, which translates into a progression to 5th provisional rank in the standings, three points behind Basel (2nd).
Servette also pocketed three valuable points by winning 1-0 in St. Gallen. The Garnet, who are 4th, can more than ever aim for a European place.
The power of Kyei, author of the only goal of the meeting on a header following a free kick kicked by Valls (29th), hurt the defense of the Brodeurs. The Geneva striker could even have achieved a hat-trick with a bit of success in addition to the goalkeeper Zigi. But success also rewards, and perhaps above all, the very disciplined defensive performance of Alain Geiger’s men.
St. Gallen, generally disappointing, has very rarely been able to create the danger in front of Frick, who has been impeccable on the few actions where he was called upon. In the end, Servette – for whom Ondoua received a red card transformed into yellow by the VAR (70th) – signed his first success on the lawn of the Brodeurs since April 24, 2002, at the time still at Espenmoos.