FC Basel were not far from being the Red Lantern of the Premier League by the end of the sixth day. At Parc Saint-Jacques, Basel already took a 2-0 lead against Zurich before snatching the point from the tie after extra time. For the people of Zurich, this draw doesn’t work as they see 3 teams back to 1 point including YB who has a game less.
But for Basel, defeat seemed inevitable for a long time after FCZ’s Jonathan Okita won 2-0 in the 48th minute. But it was Renato Vega, with his superb free-kick that reduced the score in the 73rd minute, that had announced the revolution.
The 20-year-old Portuguese, who defected from Sporting Lisbon, could very quickly assert himself as captain of a team that can count once again in the league on his warrior Taulant Xhaka, who is back in action after a lengthy ban.
Lucerne wins the three points against Lugano
Captain Max Maier’s brace also allowed FC Lucerne to beat FC Lugano (3-2). Thanks to mistakes by substitute goalkeeper Sheriff Berbick, the success underscores a good start to the season for the Lucerne side, who are joint second in the standings with Young Boys and FC St. Gall.
After this sixth day, the Premier League will see a 3-week break due to the international break and the round of 32 of the Swiss Cup.