The Young Boys win the first season duel of their permanent rivals 2-1 against FC Basel in Bern. Striker Meschack Elia scored the winning goal in the 61st minute.
The goal sequence (0: 1, 1: 1, 2: 1) was the same as in the cup final on August 30th. After the goal of Elia, who pulled away after a short pass from Jean-Pierre Nsame, prevailed against a defender and found untenable in the far corner, the Young Boys dominated the action until the end. The Basler, for whom Pajtim Kasami played in defensive midfield, could not dominate in the final phase and did not get any high-profile chances. YB was – for example with a possibility of substitute Nicolas Moumi Ngamaleu – 3: 1 closer than Basel to equalize.
For the Young Boys, however, the same was true in the big game as in most of their championship games this season: They create many real scoring chances without capitalizing on them in a normal ratio. This was the case with the 0-0 win against Servette in Geneva, the 1-0 victories against Vaduz and Lucerne and most clearly in the most recent 0-0 win in Wankdorf against St. Gallen. In the first seven Super League rounds, the Bernese scored exactly one goal per match. One remembers the 2018/19 season when YB established the Super League record average of 2.75 with 99 goals.
Nsame ushers in the turning point
The first goal of the Bernese shortly before the break was even a curiosity. Goalie David von Ballmoos tried to stimulate the game from far outside the penalty area. With the high ball in the deep, he checked the Basel defensive. Jean-Pierre Nsame ran a few steps with the ball on goal and defeated goalie Heinz Lindner, who was standing in for Djordje Nikolic, who was in quarantine, with an unsustainable low shot.
At the time it was 0: 1. The Young Boys missed their chances at regular intervals, while the Basler used a foul penalty from Arthur Cabral, which Silvan Hefti owed Afimico Pululu after 22 minutes.