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Mehmedi the hero as Zürich march on

Published: Wednesday 3 August 2011, 23.00CET
FC Zürich 1-0 R. Standard de Liège (agg: 2-1)
Admir Mehmedi atoned for his penalty miss to send Zürich into the play-offs at ten-man Standard's expense.
Mehmedi the hero as Zürich march on
Zürich's Admir Mehmedi scores the only goal of the game ©Fresh Focus

Match statistics

ZürichStandard Liège

Goals scored1
 
0
Attempts on target2
 
1
Attempts off target8
 
3
Corners3
 
4
Offsides4
 
3
Fouls committed12
 
16
Yellow cards2
 
3
Red cards0
1
Possession (%)0
100

Standings

 
Published: Wednesday 3 August 2011, 23.00CET

Mehmedi the hero as Zürich march on

FC Zürich 1-0 R. Standard de Liège (agg: 2-1)
Admir Mehmedi atoned for his penalty miss to send Zürich into the play-offs at ten-man Standard's expense.

A second-half strike by Admir Mehmedi proved enough to send FC Zürich into the UEFA Champions League play-offs, securing a 1-0 victory on the night and 2-1 aggregate triumph over ten-man R. Standard de Liège.

Mehmedi's goal after 58 minutes made amends for his failure to convert a penalty midway through the first half. Mehmedi – scorer of Zürich's goal in the first leg – proved a thorn in the Belgian team's side once more as he was felled in the box by Yoni Buyens. The Standard midfielder was dismissed for his challenge but Sinan Bolat dived to the right to deny Mehmedi.

With 11 men, Standard had threatened once during a tight opening as striker Mohamed Tchite drove just wide from distance but, despite the penalty setback, Zürich took command and Mehmedi spurned another opportunity when heading an Adrian Nikci cross over the bar in the 41st minute.

Urs Fischer's hosts stayed on top in the second period but struggled to open up the visitors' defence until a superb pass by Silvan Aegerter set up Mehmedi to chip home from inside the area. Nacho González, scorer of Standard's last-gasp equaliser in Liege, threatened to hit back with a fine strike that Johnny Leoni foiled with a good save, though in the end the visitors' margin of defeat might have been greater, Ricardo Rodriguez missing a clear chance for a second goal from close range.

Last updated: 04/08/11 18.45CET

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Lineups

zürich

Zürich

standard liège

Standard Liège

1
LeoniJohnny Leoni (GK)
38
Sinan BolatSinan Bolat (GK)
2
Jorge TeixeiraJorge Teixeira
4
OpareDaniel Opare
Substitution34
3
RodriguezRicardo Rodriguez
5
FelipeFelipe
Yellow Card45
7
AegerterSilvan Aegerter (C)
10
TchitéMohamed Tchité
8
KukuruzovićStjepan Kukuruzović
13
NongAloys Nong
Substitution61
11
NikciAdrian Nikci
14
Nacho GonzálezNacho González
12
AlphonseAlexandre Alphonse
Substitution90
15
PocognoliSébastien Pocognoli
Substitution61
14
DjurićDušan Djurić
Yellow Card68
Substitution83
17
BuyensYoni Buyens
Red Card21
16
P. KochPhilippe Koch
Yellow Card86
25
KanuKanu
25
MehmediAdmir Mehmedi
Penalty23
Goal58
Substitution80
37
Van DammeJelle Van Damme (C)
Yellow Card24
28
BédaMathieu Béda
99
LeyeMbaye Leye
Yellow Card20

Substitutes

32
GuatelliAndrea Guatelli (GK)
18
MorisAnthony Moris (GK)
4
R. KochRaphael Koch
Substitution90
2
GoreuxRéginal Goreux
Substitution34
9
ChermitiAmine Chermiti
Substitution80
3
BelhocineKarim Belhocine
15
BuffOliver Buff
9
BentekeChristian Benteke
Substitution61
21
BarmettlerHeinz Barmettler
Substitution83
23
BatshuayiMichy Batshuayi
23
MagninLudovic Magnin
28
Mujangi BiaGeoffrey Mujangi Bia
27
SchönbächlerMarco Schönbächler
80
CamaraPape Camara
Substitution61

Coach

Urs Fischer (SUI) José Riga (BEL)

Referee

Paolo Valeri (ITA)

Assistant referees

Luca Maggiani (ITA), Lorenzo Manganelli (ITA)

Fourth official

Antonio Danilo Giannoccaro (ITA)

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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