Grasshopper clinches Swiss Cup football title

Grasshopper clinches Swiss Cup football title
Grasshoppers celebrate winning the cup for 19th time. Photo: Grasshopper Club Zürich
In a surprise result, Zurich-based football club Grasshopper beat defending champions FC Basel on penalty kicks on Monday to gain the 19th Swiss Cup victory in its history.

The two sides battled to a 1-1 tie in regular time and overtime at the Stade de Suisse in Bern. 

Basel opened the scoring in the 71st minute when Markus Steinhöfer put the team ahead.

Izet Hajrovic answered back for Grasshopper just four minutes later.

After 120 minutes of play, the game was decided in dramatic fashion on penalty kicks, with Grasshopper scoring four goals to Basel’s three.

In recent history, Basel has dominated the Swiss Cup, winning six times in the last 12 years.

And it looked to be Basel’s year again after the team beats Spurs in the Europa Cup before being knocked out by Chelsea in the semifinals earlier this month.

But Grasshopper prevailed on Monday, extending the Zurich team’s record for the most Swiss Cup wins in history.

The club won the first two titles back in 1926 and 1927, when the competition first started.

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