The game-decisive scene at the Stade de Genève already played out in the 2nd minute when St. Gallen’s Jérémy Guillemenot got into a duel, completely over-motivated, and hit Vincent Sasso on the shin with an open sole.
After consulting the video images, referee Stefan Horisberger rightly sent the former Geneva junior off the pitch. Servette immediately knew how to convert the numerical superiority into goals:
- 7. Minute: Gaël Clichy’s direct pick from a corner distracts Ousmane Diakité untenable.
- 14. Minute: Miroslav Stefanovic sees the free Anthony Sauthier on the edge of the penalty area. His perfectly placed Schlenzer lands to 2-0 in the network.
- 18. Minute: 3rd Geneva chance – 3rd Geneva goal. Timothé Cognat caught Lawrence Ati Zigi in the near corner and made it 3-0.
- 26. Minute: Steve Rouiller prevails after a cross from Stefanovic against Basil Stillhart and scores the 4th goal from Geneva.
As if Alain Geiger’s team had shown sympathy, they gave the previously completely overwhelmed guests from St. Gallen the following goal before the break. Elie Youan proved his nose for goal and ran a failed header return from Rouiller.
Rouiller makes his mistake good
Anyone who expected the big race to catch up in St. Gallen in the second half was mistaken. Despite a triple change from St. Gallen coach Peter Zeidler, it was the Grenat who hit the fifth goal.
While the strikers Grejohn Kyei (53./Offside) and Alex Schalk (57./Post) still failed on this task, it was central defender Rouiller who scored in the 71st minute after a corner to make the final score 5-1. St. Gallen remains without a win in the 5th game in a row. Servette moves up to 3rd place thanks to the 3rd win of the season.
So it goes on
St. Gallen will have the chance to react this coming weekend just a stone’s throw from the Stade de Genève. In the 1/16 final of the Swiss Cup, the Eastern Swiss meet Chênois. Servette travels to the first division club Concordia Basel.