Switzerland got their 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil preparations off to a winning start thanks to a narrow 1-0 triumph against Jamaica, Josip Drmic making the difference late on.
Ottmar Hitzfeld's side will tackle Group E rivals Ecuador, France and Honduras in Brazil, and they warmed up for that task by posting a hard-fought victory in Lucerne. The Swiss found themselves frustrated by their opponents but finally got the goal they were looking for when Drmic rode to the rescue with six minutes remaining.
The hosts had the upper hand in an intense start to the game, with Blerim Dzemaili firing the first warning shot over Andre Blake's goal in the eighth minute. Switzerland continued to take an increasingly firm grip on the match thereafter and almost went ahead when an Admir Mehmedi effort narrowly missed the target.
The Reggae Boyz were not producing much at the other end, and defender Adrian Mariappa nearly beat his own goalkeeper inadvertently as Stephan Lichtsteiner sent in a cross. Winfried Schäfer's charges soon found their feet at the back, however, and kept things tight until the break.
The second half followed a similar pattern, with Switzerland looking agile but unable to find a way past the Jamaica rearguard. Philippe Senderos had an attempt blocked from close range and substitute Drmic shot over with the goal at his mercy – before the Bayer 04 Leverkusen striker finally hit the crucial blow by turning past Wes Morgan and scoring with the outside of his boot.
Hitzfeld's men will now take on Peru in the same stadium on Tuesday.