FC St. Gallen 1879 v Grasshopper Club Zurich - Swiss Super League
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Hayao Kawabe and Bendeguz Bolla on target for Grasshoppers as Leo Bonatini misses penalty

Wolves players Hayao Kawabe and Bendeguz Bolla made decisive contributions for Grasshoppers at the weekend, but Leo Bonatini missed a penalty.

The trio started for the Swiss outfit in their 31st league game of the season against FC Lausanne-Sport.

Bonatini has been with Grasshoppers since the start of the 2020/21 season. Kawabe started the season with them, then signed for Wolves in January and had a couple of weeks training at Compton Park, before heading back on loan.

Bolla has been with Grasshoppers since the start of the season, after he completed a move to Wolves from Fehervar.

It has been a decent season so far for Grasshoppers, who are a newly promoted side in the Swiss top-flight.

On Sunday, they beat Lausanne-Sport 3-1 to move to 35 points from 31 games.

That puts them eight points clear of the relegation zone.

Lausanne-Sport went ahead thanks to a brilliant free-kick from Stjepan Kukuruzović.

But Grasshoppers got back on level terms, with Wolves’ Kawabe on hand to spare Bonatini’s blushes from the penalty spot.

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The Japan international followed the ball in after a good save down low by Thomas Castella.

Grasshoppers then took the lead courtesy of an own goal from Armel Zouhori.

Then on 77 minutes, Bolla popped up unmarked in the penalty area to finish brilliantly on the volley after a perfect cross from Amir Abrashi.

That was Bolla’s fourth strike of the season – a very respectable return for wing-back.

Bruno Lage may take a look at Bolla ahead of 22/23

So that’s four goals now for Bolla in a newly-promoted team, from wing-back. He has also contributed three assists.

He is clearly having a pretty productive season over in Switzerland, which is brilliant to see.

One wonders if the numbers he is posting might be of interest to Bruno Lage.

February 27th, 2022, St. Gallen, Kybunpark, Super League: FC St.Gallen 1879 – Grasshopper Club Zurich, #33 Isaac Schmidt (St. Gallen) against #77 Bendeguz Bolla (GC) (Photo by Srdjan Radulovic/JustPictures/LiveMedia/NurPhoto via Getty Images) NO USE SWITZERLAND.

If Fernando Marcal leaves the club at the end of his contract, which is very possible, it could mean Jonny Castro Otto is used more on the left next term.

That could potentially mean an opening for Bolla, especially if Ki-Jana Hoever heads out on loan.