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Switzerland round-up: Grasshoppers stay strong

Published: Sunday 20 October 2002, 18.25CET
Grasshopper-Club thrashed Neuchatel-Xamax FC 4-0 to stay top of the table at the weekend.

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Published: Sunday 20 October 2002, 18.25CET

Switzerland round-up: Grasshoppers stay strong

Grasshopper-Club thrashed Neuchatel-Xamax FC 4-0 to stay top of the table at the weekend.

Richard Nuñez did the damage as Grasshopper-Club thrashed Neuchatel-Xamax FC 4-0 to stay top of the Swiss first division.

Nuñez double
The hosts got off to a perfect start with a goal from Eduardo on two minutes before Richard Nuñez doubled the lead 13 minutes later. Mihai Tararache struck the third and Nuñez, with his second, capped a resounding win.

Blistering Basel
The victory ensured Grasshoppers stayed one point in front of FC Basel, who also had no trouble finding the target in a 6-0 demolition of FC St Gallen with Julio Rossi hitting a hat-trick. Rossi opened the scoring on 13 minutes before doubling the lead just past the half hour. Christian Giménez got in on the act on the stroke of half-time while Rossi struck his third with 10 minutes remaining. With St Gallen floundering, Herve Tum and Nenad Savic added further goals in the dying stages.

Young Boys third
BSC Young Boys, meanwhile, lie third following a 1-1 draw with bottom club FC Aarau, who went ahead through Patrick de Napoli before Joel Magnin levelled with nine minutes to go with a headed equaliser from Joel Descloux's corner.

Merry-go-round
Servette FC's stuttering away form continued with a 4-3 loss against FC Luzern, though the club were not helped by an injury before kick-off to substitute goalkeeper Sebastien Roth, forcing 18-year-old Anthony Favre to stand in for regular shot-stopper Marco Pascolo, who was sent off on 14 minutes for hauling down Christian Brand.

Hofer winner
The rookie failed to keep out the resulting penalty but his team did level through Alex Frei seven minutes later. Massimo Lombardo then put the visitors ahead Servette but the teams went into the interval deadlocked after Oscar Londono's own goal. Frei again gave Servette the advantage in the second half but Andre Muff equalised before Simon Hofer hit the winner for Luzern. Elsewhere, FC Thun and FC Zürich fought out a goalless draw while FC Wil 1900 beat SR Delémont 2-0.

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