Switzerland see off Ireland for play-off place

Published: Friday 3 September 2010, 21.45CET
Switzerland 1-0 Republic of Ireland
Fabian Frei scored the decisive goal early in the second period in Lugano as the home team secured top spot in Group 2.
Switzerland see off Ireland for play-off place
Switzerland celebrate their victory ©Keystone
 

Match statistics

SwitzerlandRepublic of Ireland

Goals scored1
 
0
Yellow cards1
 
3
Red cards0
 
0
Goal attempts6
 
4
Attempts off target10
 
10
Corners2
 
6
Fouls committed18
 
13

Matches

Published: Friday 3 September 2010, 21.45CET

Switzerland see off Ireland for play-off place

Switzerland 1-0 Republic of Ireland
Fabian Frei scored the decisive goal early in the second period in Lugano as the home team secured top spot in Group 2.

Switzerland secured first place in UEFA European Under-21 Championship Group 2 as a Fabian Frei goal early in the second period proved enough to defeat the Republic of Ireland.

Pierluigi Tami's team kicked off their final qualifying fixture four points above Turkey – who have two games left to play – knowing a win would book their play-off berth. They found the going tough against Wim Koevermans' Ireland team, but made the decisive breakthrough three minutes into the second period.

Sébastien Wüthrich was the architect of the move, finding Frei with a clever pass and the FC St. Gallen midfielder made no mistake, drilling a low shot into the corner of the net from outside the penalty area. Switzerland therefore go into next Friday's play-off draw and Tami said: "I was nervous for much of the game. The players were more focused in the second half – they are a very young and inexperienced group and did well to gain top spot."

Ireland, who are three points adrift at the bottom of the six-team section, conclude their campaign in Turkey on Tuesday and Koevermans said: "We had a number of good chances early in the game. Some poor defending led to their goal. We tried to play more attacking football after and a point would have been deserved."

Last updated: 03/09/10 22.23CET

Related information

Player profiles

Team profiles

Lineup

Switzerland

Switzerland

Republic of Ireland

Republic of Ireland

1Yann Sommer (GK) (C)1Stephen Henderson (GK)
2Gaetano Berardi
Yellow Card84'
2Seamus Coleman
3Fabio Daprelà3Gavin Gunning
Yellow Card87'
4Philippe Koch4Robert Kiernan
5Timm Klose5Eddie Nolan (C)
Yellow Card62'
6Amir Abrashi
Substitution46'
6Alan Judge
7Sébastien Wüthrich7Conor Hourihane
8Pajtim Kasami8Conor Clifford
Substitution82'
9Nassim Ben Khalifa
Substitution72'
9Anthony Stokes
Yellow Card58'
Substitution76'
10Fabian Frei
Goal48'
10Richard Towell
11Steven Zuber
Substitution82'
11Robert Brady

Substitutes

12Kevin Fickentscher (GK)16Shane Redmond (GK)
14Rolf Feltscher12Brendan Moloney
15Daniel Pavlovic
Substitution46'
13Olanrewaju Oyebanjo
16Simone Grippo14Adam Rooney
Substitution76'
17Granit Xhaka
Substitution82'
15Graham Carey
18Pascal Schürpf18Joseph Mason
Substitution82'
19Orhan Mustafi
Substitution72'

Coach

Pierluigi Tami (SUI) Wim Koevermans (NED)

Referee

Sergey Karasev (RUS)

Assistant referees

Oleg Tselovalnikov (RUS), Sergey Barabash (RUS)

Fourth official

Alexey Eskov (RUS)

Legend:

  • GoalsGoals
  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution

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