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Cup: FCZ eliminated against Winterthur

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Cup: FCZ eliminated against Winterthur

FC Winterthur is in the cup semi-finals for the third time in eight years. Coach Patrick Frame’s team wins the Zurich cantonal duel in Letzigrund against a harmless FCZ.

Double goalscorer Nishan Burkart celebrates reaching the cup semi-finals with FC Winterthur.

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(sda) Nishan Burkart was Winterthur’s match winner in the Letzigrund with a double strike in the last half hour. The 24-year-old, who scored twice for the second time in the second cup appearance of the season, used a shot from Sayfallah Ltaief, which was blocked by Yanick Brecher, to take the lead in the 62nd minute in what had been an uneventful game for a long time. Five minutes later, after an almost identical shot from Matteo Di Giusto, this time deflected by a defender, he was there again – this time with his head.

Winterthur in better shape

This meant that FC Winterthur had the upper hand for the first time in the seventh cup duel between the two teams. This wasn’t illogical, as coach Patrick Frame’s team had shown much better form than the FCZ in the last few weeks and acted much more consistently. Winterthur has only lost one of its ten competitive games since the turn of the year, and FCZ has only scored five goals in eight games during this period.

As was the case recently in the championship, the FCZ, which had a defensive back four, lacked ideas and penetration in the offensive third in the first Cup quarter-final since 2019. Significantly, the home team’s greatest chance until the desperate final offensive, in which Murat Ural, who was almost constantly marching up and down the sidelines and waving his arms wildly, came from a standard situation. However, the slightly harassed and probably somewhat surprised Lindrit Kamberi placed Jonathan Okita’s cross from seven meters straight into the arms of Winterthur’s goalie Marvin Keller.

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No danger from FCZ

The FCZ’s other goal scenes, a shot from Rohner from a very long distance and a low shot from Okita that was not hit with enough sharpness, missed the goal and did not go beyond the rating of “harmless”.

Because the Winterthur team also behaved very cautiously for a long time after the FCZ had started dynamically and took significantly fewer risks than in the championship, where they are the team with the second most goals and goals conceded, they also played in front of Zurich’s goalie Yanick Brecher in the There was little to nothing dangerous in the first hour. But when the opportunities presented themselves, Burkart was there.

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