The first quarter of the Challenge League came to an end with a midweek round that saw none of the top four teams record a victory.
FC Lausanne Sport 1-1 FC Aarau
FC Wohlen 2-0 FC Biel-Bienne
FC Winterthur 3-1 FC Chiasso
FC Schaffhausen 4-1 FC Wil
Neuchâtel Xamax 1-0 FC Le Mont
League leaders FC Lausanne-Sport opened the scoring at home to FC Aarau just before the midway point of the first half. A long pass forward from captain Olivier Custodio was met by the head of Jocelyn Roux who beat the stranded goalkeeper with an excellent finish. Petar Sliskovic really should have equalised for Aarau after a mix-up at the back but despite rounding goalkeeper Kevin Martin, he could only hit the post. Little wonder the Croat is yet to score this term. When the visitors did hit back, it was well worth the wait until the 78th minute. Marvin Spielmann controlled Sandro Burki’s pass on his chest and retained his balance just long enough to volley home from 16 yards beyond a stunned Martin. Amazingly, Dessarzin hit the post almost immediately for Lausanne but it wasn’t to be as the leaders dropped two points and Aarau moved off the bottom.
FC Biel-Bienne have made the most of the reprieve that saw Servette relegated instead owing to financial irregularities, with 15 points in just 8 games but they failed to add to that tally in Wohlen on Thursday. Missing their three leading scorers, including league Torjäger Antonio Marchesano (who has ten already this campaign!), they lacked the finishing power up front. Nico Abegglen had already gone close before he opened the scoring when he swept home Samir Hamizi’s low cross. Wohlen skipper Alain Schultz capped off a good team move just before the half-hour to double the hosts’ lead and from then it was game over though Wohlen GK Kiassumbua did make a couple of notable saves after the break.
FC Winterthur gained a much-needed win against in-form FC Chiasso. The Zürich-based outfit got off to a great start when Joao Paiva worked enough room to cross for an unmarked Christian Fassnacht to head home. Sergio Cortelezzi equalised just before half-time from the spot but that was as good as it got for Il Rossoblu. Away goalkeeper Andrea Guatelli had a moment he’d rather forget when he allowed Tunahan Cicek’s long-range shot from his grasp and into the net. The powerful Patrick Bengondo won a penalty and saw it stopped but was on hand to net the rebound to end a run of four without a win for FCW.
It was very much the Igor Tadic show as FC Schaffhausen blew FC Wil away at Breite. Last season’s leading scorer in the Challenge League scored twice and set up the other two. Haxhi Nehiraj opened the scoring for die Schwarzgelben in the third minute with a low left-footed strike into the bottom corner. Tadic’s brace came in the opening half ; the first when he beat the goalkeeper one-on-one and the second coming from a first-time shot from Mirko Facchinetti’s through ball. Tadic turned provider once more as Facchinetti made it 4-0 with a thumping long-range drive. Samir Fazli pulled one back late on but it was a mere consolation for the visitors.
Neuchâtel‘s clash with lowly FC Le Mont attracted 2889 spectators, the most in the round. The hosts were grateful to captain Laurent Walthert in goal who made two vital stops from Sejmenovic and Fejzulahi (the second in particular outstanding) before the deadlock had been broken. Le Mont skipper Ibrahim Tall experienced a more miserable time than his counterpart when he fluffed his clearance straight to Andelko Savic who couldn’t miss from six yards out. The winger’s goal was enough to settle the Francophone clash and see Le Mont prop up the table after 9 games.
It’s nicely poised then as we move into the second quarter of the season: