Switzerland seal progress in Sweden

Published: Monday 11 October 2010, 22.26CET
Sweden 1-1 Switzerland (agg: 2-5)
The visitors completed a 5-2 aggregate win after Nassim Ben Khalifa eased their nerves by cancelling out Pierre Bengtsson's opener in Malmo.
Switzerland seal progress in Sweden
Switzerland celebrate their goal away to Sweden ©AFP
 

Match statistics

SwedenSwitzerland

Goals scored1
 
1
Yellow cards2
 
4
Red cards0
 
0
Attempts on target6
 
6
Attempts off target5
 
7
Corners5
 
3
Fouls committed11
 
8

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Published: Monday 11 October 2010, 22.26CET

Switzerland seal progress in Sweden

Sweden 1-1 Switzerland (agg: 2-5)
The visitors completed a 5-2 aggregate win after Nassim Ben Khalifa eased their nerves by cancelling out Pierre Bengtsson's opener in Malmo.

Switzerland kept Sweden at arm's-length to reach the UEFA European Under-21 Championship finals in Denmark next summer with a 1-1 draw in Malmo completing a 5-2 aggregate triumph for Pierluigi Tami's charges.

A 4-1 first-leg success had laid the foundations for Switzerland but the hosts' hopes of a turnaround in Malmo were boosted inside 15 minutes when Pierre Bengtsson reduced the deficit to two goals overall.

The prospect of a rousing second half from the home side was quickly snuffed out, however, when Nassim Ben Khalifa levelled two minutes after the restart to book Switzerland's place in the finals for the first time in six years.

Sweden needed an early breakthrough and it arrived when Jiloan Hamad's free-kick was headed out as far as Bengtsson, who returned it with interest beyond Yann Sommer from the edge of the box. A second nearly followed eight minutes later when Martin Olsson and Denni Avdic combined, the former's cross met by a strong header from Guillermo Molins that Sommer did well to save at his near post.

The crucial moment came soon after the resumption when a quick interchange of passes between Ben Khalifa and Xavier Hochstrasser conjured an opening for Ben Khalifa. Clean through on goal, the No9 finished low past Kristoffer Nordfeldt to put the tie to bed.

Sweden's elimination marked the end of joint-coach Jörgen Lennartsson's six-year spell with the side as he leaves to join Norwegian club Stabæk Fotbal. The 45-year-old helped his country get to the semi-finals on home soil in 2009.

Last updated: 12/10/10 17.44CET

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Lineup

Sweden

Sweden

Switzerland

Switzerland

1Kristoffer Nordfeldt (GK)1Yann Sommer (GK) (C)
2Pierre Bengtsson
Goal15'
Yellow Card37'
2Gaetano Berardi
Yellow Card17'
3Michael Almebäck3Fabio Daprelà
Yellow Card37'
4Niklas Backman4Jonathan Rossini
Yellow Card57'
5Martin Olsson
Yellow Card77'
5Timm Klose
6Jiloan Hamad6Amir Abrashi
7Albin Ekdal (C)7Frank Feltscher
8Sebastian Eriksson
Substitution61'
8Xavier Hochstrasser
Substitution69'
9Jimmy Durmaz9Nassim Ben Khalifa
Goal47'
Substitution84'
10Denni Avdic
Substitution64'
10Fabian Frei
11Guillermo Molins11Steven Zuber
Yellow Card37'
Substitution89'

Substitutes

12Victor Noring (GK)12Kevin Fickentscher (GK)
13Marcus Nilsson14Philippe Koch
14Emil Salomonsson15Daniel Pavlović
15Andreas Landgren
Substitution61'
16Pajtim Kasami
Substitution69'
16Johan Mårtensson17Pascal Schürpf
Substitution89'
17Joe Sise
Substitution64'
18Admir Mehmedi
18Rasmus Jönsson19Mario Gavranović
Substitution84'

Coach

Jörgen Lennartsson (SWE) Pierluigi Tami (SUI)

Referee

Marijo Strahonja (CRO)

Assistant referees

Igor Krmar (CRO), Sinisa Premuzaj (CRO)

Fourth official

Ante Vučemilović-Šimunović Jr. (CRO)

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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