Young Boys rally from 3-down against Zurich only to lose 4-3 in the cup; Hapoels Tel Aviv & Haifa advance

Young Boys 3 – FC Zurich 4 (AET) (Swiss Cup, March 2, 2011) Marco Schonbachler blasted Zurich into a 5th minute lead with a stunner into the far top corner, and the visitors looked in complete control of the tie when Xavier Margairaz volleyed in a free-kick minutes before the interval. Zurich then took a seemingly unassailable 3-nil lead early in the second half when Amine Chermiti headed in number three just after the restart. But Young Boys rallied with two goals in two minutes, as Alexander Farnerud scored from close range before Bienvenu Ntsama bundled in a second sixty seconds later. Nine minutes from time the comeback was complete as Emmanuel Mayuka headed in a corner to take the match into extra time. Then, in the 115th minute, Zurich snatch a thrilling winner as an incisive attack freed Xavier Margairaz who saw his shot bounce off the keeper and into the net.

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Hapoel Tel Aviv 2 – Hapoel Ashkelon 1 (Israeli Cup, March 2, 2011) Hapoel, the reigning cup holders, took the lead against Ashkelon after just five minutes through striker Toto Tamuz. But complacent play by the hosts saw Ashkelon equalise through Snir Gueta in the 36th minute. Tel Aviv’s superiority was eventually rewarded in the 58th minute when Dedi Ben-Dayan scored a left-footed scorcher into the far to top.

Maccabi Haifa 2 – Hapoel Jerusalem 1 (Israeli Cup, March 2, 2011) Haifa gave Jerusalem an early lead thanks to an own goal by goalkeeper Nir Davidovich who fumbled a routine ball by Ofir Azu, putting Maccabi behind 1-0 in the 19th minute. Haifa levelled two minutes later when Tomer Hemed sent a beautifully-placed header off a cross from Ali Ottman. Maccabi took the lead in the 66th minute as Lior Rafaelov converted a Boccoli pass.


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