Swiss strike early to down Armenia

Published: Friday 4 September 2009, 2.45CET
Armenia 1-3 Switzerland
Switzerland improved their chances of advancing from Group 2 in qualifying courtesy of three first-half goals.
by Khachik Chakhoyan
from Yerevan
Swiss strike early to down Armenia
Armenia and Switzerland contest a corner in Yerevan ©Avetis Ghazanchyan

Match statistics

ArmeniaSwitzerland

Goals scored1
 
3
Yellow cards1
 
1
Red cards0
 
0
Goal attempts10
 
16
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners5
 
8
Fouls committed14
 
15

Matches

Published: Friday 4 September 2009, 2.45CET

Swiss strike early to down Armenia

Armenia 1-3 Switzerland
Switzerland improved their chances of advancing from Group 2 in qualifying courtesy of three first-half goals.

Switzerland improved their chances of advancing from Group 2 in qualifying for the 2011 UEFA European Under-21 Championship by winning 3-1 away to Armenia.

Bright start
All the goals were scored in the first half with Switzerland getting off to a flying start when Xavier Hochstrasser made the most of a lapse in defence to fire them ahead on four minutes. Armenia quickly regrouped and drew level through Hiraç Yagan six minutes later, the R. Standard de Liège forward firing in at the near post following a corner. Switzerland, though, were soon back in front, Jonathan Rossini finishing off a fine break on 35 minutes before Frank Feltscher added the third four minutes later following an excellent solo run.

Late chances
Armenia pressed after the break but the best chance of the half fell to Swiss substitute Mario Gavranovic, whose shot was cleared off the line by Artak Andrikyan late on with goalkeeper Gevorg Prazyan beaten. Switzerland are now level on six points with leaders Turkey, but have played a game more while Armenia are still looking for their first point after three games.

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Last updated: 04/09/09 22.19CET

Related information

Team profiles

Lineup

Armenia

Armenia

Switzerland

Switzerland

1Gevorg Prazyan (GK)1Yann Sommer (GK) (C)
2Hiraç Yagan
Goal10'
2Gaetano Berardi
3Artashes Arakelyan3Philippe Koch
4Varanth Bezdikian
Substitution73'
4Jonathan Rossini
Goal35'
Substitution83'
5Artak Andrikyan5François Affolter
8Artur Yuspashyan6Daniel Pavlović
Yellow Card90'
10Gevorg Ghazaryan (C)
Substitution57'
7Frank Feltscher
Goal39'
11Albert Tadevosyan8Xavier Hochstrasser
Goal4'
16Masis Voskanyan9Alessandro Ciarocchi
Substitution81'
17Artak Edigaryan
Substitution46'
10Moreno Costanzo
Substitution69'
18Davit Manoyan11Adrian Nikci

Substitutes

12Edvard Hovhannisyan (GK)12Jayson Leutwiler (GK)
6Karlen Mkrtchyan
Substitution73'
14Rolf Feltscher
Substitution83'
7Artak Aleksanyan
Substitution57'
Yellow Card90+1'
15Michel Morganella
9Edgar Malakyan16Simone Grippo
Substitution69'
13Grisha Khachatryan17Cabral
14Narek Davtyan18Mario Gavranović
Substitution81'
15Hovhannes Hambardzumyan
Substitution46'
19Orhan Mustafi

Coach

Flemming Serritslev (DEN) Pierluigi Tami (SUI)

Referee

Leontios Trattou (CYP)

Assistant referees

Michael Hadjinikola (CYP), Christakis Christofi (CYP)

Fourth official

Charis Glikis (CYP)

Legend:

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

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