August began with a Zürich Derby as FC Zürich took on Grasshopper on Sunday afternoon. Hometeam FCZ put Armando Sadiku on their starting eleven together with Berat Djimsiti. GCZ on the other hand had former Wohlen captain Alban Pnishi and Shani Tarashaj from start while Florian Kamberi was put on the bench.
With the absence of Shkelzen Gashi, now in Basel, Tarashaj has had to step up and help his team and he sure did today. He gave Grasshopper an early lead eight minutes into the game. FCZ later equalized but Tarashaj made sure to take back the lead right before the halftime break. His first and second goal of the season.
After an hour of play FCZ once again equalized and the result 2-2 was shown on the scoreboard. Minute 84 Grasshopper’s coach Pierluigi Tami, Switzerland’s former U21 coach, made a switch and decided to send in 20-year-old Kamberi to the rescue. And it was the right call because Kamberi saved the day with his late goal that gave Grasshopper this cruicial 3-2 win. Kamberi’s debut goal in the Swiss Superliga I can add. Tarashaj was voted man of the match while Djimsiti, well… the worst on the pitch today.
So thanks to Grasshopper’s duo, both born in 1995, they can move up to the second place three rounds into the new season. Next up Lugano’s Albanian defenders Denis Markaj and Frederic Veseli, a former Manchester United & City player, will have to come up with a plan so that they can stop this duo from scoring again.