Basel stride on, St Gallen flounder

Leaders Basel were comfortable 4-0 winners against struggling Bellinzona in the Super League.

Xherdan Shaqiri kicked things off in the ninth minute before Jacques Zoua made it 2-0 after 21 minutes. Valentin Stocker netted twice in eight second-half minutes to complete the scoring and leave Basel seven points clear at the summit.

FC Thun were 1-0 winners over second-bottom Neuchatel Xamax, Nick Proschwitz the scorer.

St Gallen, the only side below Neuchatel in the standings, also went down 2-0 at home to Young Boys as well as losing Jose Goncalves to a red card. Henri Bienvenu (16) and substitute Emmanuel Mayuka (90) were on target.