Admira slip while Basel set pace
FC Admira Wacker Modling may have been top of the Austrian Bundesliga since Matchday 9, but the gap between the promoted side and their pursuers is slowly disappearing. Meanwhile FC Basel remain the team to beat in Switzerland as they continue to dominate at the Super League summit. FIFA.com rounds up the latest action from the Alpine leagues.
'There's only one...'
FC Basel continue to set the pace at the top of the Swiss Super League and are showing no obvious signs of slowing down. The reigning champions won again on Saturday, beating BSC Young Boys 1-0 at home to inflict defeat on their former coach Christian Gross on his return to St. Jakob Park. Young Boys are now nine points behind FCB, for whom Marco Streller struck the only goal of the game to ensure the hosts made it 25 points from their last nine games. The title-holders' last Super League defeat came back on 20 August against Luzern (3-1).
FC Thun recorded a second straight victory to add another three points to their haul in mid-table. With home advantage at the Arena Thun, Bernard Challandes' side never looked in danger during a 3-0 defeat of Servette FC.
Luzern keep pace
Grasshoppers dropped back into the bottom two after losing 2-1 away to FC Luzern. GCZ did go in front in the 50th minute through Steven Zuber, but strikes from Daniel Gygax and Sally Sarr turned the tables for Luzern. "We didn't have that killer instinct, in defence or attack," said 'Hoppers coach Ciriaco Sforza.
Meanwhile, FC Zurich collected an important 4-1 win against bottom-side FC Lausanne-Sport to open up a nine-point gap on their opponents and move one clear of city rivals Grasshoppers. Amine Chermiti, Xavier Margairaz, Silvan Aegerter and Oliver Buff got the goals for last season's runners-up.
FC Basel 1-0 BSC Young Boys
FC Thun 3-0 Servette FC
FC Luzern 2-1 Grasshopper Club Zurich
FC Sion 2-0 Neuchatel Xamax FC
FC Zurich 4-1 FC Lausanne-Sport
Top three: FC Basel (34 points), FC Luzern (31), FC Sion (29)
In hot pursuit
The title race is really hotting up in Austria, where newly-promoted FC Admira Wacker Modling's 13-match unbeaten fun finally came to an end against Austria Wien. Karl Daxbacher's visiting side ran out 3-0 winners thanks to two goals from Nacer Barazite and another from Georg Margreitter to cut Admira's lead at the top to a solitary point. "Austria were the better team, we have to admit that," said Admira coach Dietmar Kuhbauer. "Of course we wanted to get the win, but we know our limits. Being at the top is nice, but I don't want to put my players under pressure."
Rapid Wien also kept the heat on the top two with a 4-2 victory at home to Red Bull Salzburg. The win took Rapid to within three points of the summit in third and extended their unbeaten run to five matches. Salzburg, conversely, have failed to win any of their last seven league outings and are slowly losing touch with the leading pack.
SC Wiener Neustadt 3-1 Sturm Graz
Wacker Innsbruck 1-1 SV Mattersburg
FC Admira Wacker Modling 0-3 Austria Wien
Kapfenberger SV 1-3 SV Josko Ried
Rapid Wien 4-2 Red Bull Salzburg
Top three: Admira Wacker Modling (27), Austria Wien (26), Rapid Wien (24)