– What a cup thriller, YB fights and trembles to double
The Young Boys emerged victorious from a hard-fought cup final, Lugano had to admit defeat. We reported live.
You can read all about the celebrations and the game in the ticker below.
The sporting reporting has been over for a long time anyway, but now we are also taking a break from the celebrations. You will find detailed reports on our website in the near future. Thank you for reading along and have a nice Sunday evening – whether at the party in Bern or somewhere else. See you next season!
In the shower of yellow and black scraps of paper, everyone can now lift the bucket once. The party can start.
Coach Wicky and the staff have also picked up their precious metals, and the actual trophy handover is about to begin. Of course, Patent Ochsner’s “Scarlet Red” should not be missing.
The regular captain, Fabian Lustenberger, and his current deputy, Christian Fassnacht, take over and lift the trophy.
The party is likely to last a long time today – the city of Bern has now also announced that a free night will be granted, as after the championship celebration. In the night to Monday, all hospitality businesses in the city are allowed to be open without restrictions.
Led by Fabian Rieder, the cup and double winners are now on their way.
The playing field is largely occupied by YB fans – but don’t worry, everything is in order. After the final whistle, a grid was set up as a barrier. They are all waiting for the big moment.
The YB players stand guard while the Lugano team makes the thankless journey to the stands to collect the silver medals and the congratulations of Federal President Alain Berset.
A picture says more than 1000 words: The reaction of YB trainer Raphael Wicky after the final whistle shows how big the nerve game was during these 100 minutes including stoppage time. Not exuberant joy at first, just relief.
The majority of the fans in the stadium are of course enthusiastic, the anthem, which is otherwise known from Anfield Road in Liverpool, is echoing through the wide circle.
Events really took off in the last few minutes – who would have thought that the tremors would start again after Meschack Elia made it 3-1? And even this third goal could hardly be surpassed in terms of drama: Keller’s monster parade, which made the counter-attack possible in the first place. The young goalie also played a large part in this triumph.
In black “Double” shirts, the Young Boys run towards their fans in the east curve and celebrate extensively.
But the Lugano players are also in front of their fan block – they really don’t need to be ashamed. They fought bravely and put up fierce resistance up to the last second.
Zesiger says goodbye to Bern with the cup victory, he has tears of joy in his eyes. Tears can also be seen in several Luganesi, who are of course bitterly disappointed after an exemplary fight.