FC Sion have defeated league champions FC Basel 1893 3-0 to clinch their 13th Swiss Cup title, continuing their formidable record of winning in each of their final appearances.
Basel went into the decider having finished runners-up for the last two seasons, but they were immediately put under pressure at their own St. Jakob-Park ground, with Carlitos playing a starring role for Sion.
The Portuguese midfielder set up Moussa Konaté for the opener on 16 minutes and repeated the feat with another assist for Edimilson Fernandes five minutes after a delayed restart, before adding the third goal himself on the hour mark.
Victory sealed a spot in next season's UEFA Europa League group stage for Sion, due to Spain having five teams in the UEFA Champions League group stage and, consequently, one less berth in the UEFA Europa League.
While Sion celebrated, Basel's Marcus Streller ended his distinguished career on the losing side. Replaced on 74 minutes, the 33-year-old former Swiss international was contesting his final game as a professional, but not even he could deny Sion their first cup triumph since 2010/11.
Tous derrière le FC Sion pour la 13e! | Alle mit dem FC Sion für die 13. Finale! pic.twitter.com/K1xE23TUOQ
— FC Sion (@FCSion) June 6, 2015
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