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Lausanne open up lead in the Challenge League

It remains a tightly packed bunch in the Swiss Challenge League but Lausanne have strengthened their position at the top after getting the better of the game of the round.

FC Chiasso 1-3 FC Lausanne-Sport
FC Aarau 2-0 FC Schaffhausen
FC Biel-Bienne 2-2 Neuchâtel Xamax
FC Le Mont 3-0 FC Wohlen
FC Wil 0-0 FC Winterthur

When Lausanne returned to la Pontaise after a four and a half hour trip, it was with a feeling of satisfaction having not beaten Chiasso in any of their previous four meetings. The visitors made the perfect start when the in-form striker Jocelyn Roux headed home a free kick in just the fourth minute. A set piece also provided Chiasso’s equaliser. Lausanne ‘keeper Kevin Martin could only parry Salvatore Guarino’s free kick straight to a grateful Drissa Diarra. Chiasso were the architects of their own downfall when Steve Rouiller was guilty of overplaying on the edge of the box. Alexandre Pasche’s shot found its way via a defender to the predatory Roux who scored the winner – he now has six this season. Chiasso saw goalkeeper Andrea Guatelli red carded near the end to cap a disappointing game.

Le Mont gained a much-needed confidence boost against Wohlen.

Le Mont gained a much-needed confidence boost against Wohlen.

FC Biel-Bienne extended their winless run to four games in all competitions with a 2-2 draw at home to Neuchâtel Xamax. In front of almost 3500 in the new Tissot Arena, the teams went in 1-1 at the break with Kololli’s early spot kick cancelled out by one from Charles-André Doudin. Xamax’s penalty award rightly caused consternation among the Biel-Bienne ranks.  The game livened up in the second half with a third penalty being given – this too was rather dubious. Once again, Kololli did not err from twelve yards. The Francophone derby ended in a draw and neither side could really complain after Max Veloso rescued a point for Xamax.

Le Mont may remain bottom after this weekend’s games but they received a major confidence boost with a thumping 3-0 win over Wohlen. It was just the home side’s second win of the campaign and also the second time they have scored three. Fabrizio Zambella set them on their way in Baulmes from a corner just before the quarter hour. Luis Pimenta rose high to head home a second after an excellent turn of pace and cross from leftback Aurélien Chappuis. Adrian Alvarez put the icing on the cake finishing one-on-one with the goalkeeper just after the resumption.

Carlitos stole the show but he might want to tone down the celebration a touch!

Carlitos stole the show but he might want to tone down the celebration a touch!

While Samed Yesil fired FC Luzern to victory over FC Zürich, another former Bayer Leverkusen youngster in Carlinhos stole the show in Aarau‘s 2-0 win over Schaffhausen. The 21-year-old Brazilian is back in Europe having had to return to his homeland and he opened the scoring with a cool finish from a tight angle. His acrobatics weren’t quite so good but he escaped injury and scored a second midway through the second half. Kim Jaggy was once again the provider and this time it was an even better goal. Carlinhos turned his defender, raced into the box and rifled the ball home high beyond the goalkeeper at his near post. He looks one to watch in the Challenge League this season. Aarau are now unbeaten in four league games and on this evidence, could finish mid-table.

Wil and Winterthur rounded off the weekend’s games with a dull 0-0 draw most notable for a harshly disallowed goal against Winterthur’s veteran striker Patrick Bengondo.

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