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Hosts England held by Switzerland in opener

Published: Monday 6 October 2003, 10.15CET
England 1-1 Switzerland
Alan Shearer put the hosts in front with his first goal in 13 internationals but Kübilay Türkyilmaz's late penalty ensured the spoils were shared.
Hosts England held by Switzerland in opener
England's Paul Gascoigne evades two Swiss challenges ©Sportsfile

Match statistics

EnglandSwitzerland

Goals scored1
 
1
Yellow cards2
 
3
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

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Published: Monday 6 October 2003, 10.15CET

Hosts England held by Switzerland in opener

England 1-1 Switzerland
Alan Shearer put the hosts in front with his first goal in 13 internationals but Kübilay Türkyilmaz's late penalty ensured the spoils were shared.

With dreams of winning on home soil a first major trophy in thirty years, England's EURO '96 expectations were checked by a 1-1 draw with Switzerland in their Group A opener.

Englishman Roy Hodgson may have guided Switzerland through a comfortable qualifying campaign, but his departure for FC Internazionale Milano had left  them struggling for momentum ahead of the finals. A 3-1 friendly defeat at Wembley in November 1995 made it little surprise that the Swiss fell behind to Alan Shearer's strike midway through the first half. Now under the charge of Artur Jorge, they fought back, however, earning an impressive point courtesy of Kübilay Türkyilmaz's 83rd-minute penalty.

Such an outcome had looked unlikely when Shearer ended his 12-game international scoring drought, collecting Paul Ince's cute inside pass before unleashing a fearsome shot high into the roof of the net. Weighed down by the hopes of an expectant nation, Terry Venables' side now looked well placed to remove the shackles.

It proved a false dawn, though, with Switzerland working their way back into the game in impressive fashion. They nearly drew level just prior to the interval when Marco Grassi somehow contrived to turn on to the bar after Türkyilmaz had ghosted past Stuart Pearce and delivered a pinpoint pass from the right.

Unperturbed by that miss, the Swiss remained buoyant in the second half. Ciriaco Sforza and Johann Vogel were commanding linchpins in midfield, the latter going close with a rasping drive before the equaliser finally arrive; Pearce handled in the area and Türkyilmaz calmly slotted into the bottom right-hand corner. It would not be the last of the spot-kick drama involving the hosts.

Last updated: 01/09/14 11.20CET

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Lineups

England

England

Switzerland

Switzerland

1
SeamanDavid Seaman
1
PascoloMarco Pascolo
2
G. NevilleGary Neville
Yellow Card26
3
QuentinYvan Quentin
Yellow Card43
3
PearceStuart Pearce
4
HenchozStéphane Henchoz
4
IncePaul Ince
5
GeigerAlain Geiger (C)
Substitution71
5
AdamsTony Adams (C)
Yellow Card80
9
GrassiMarco Grassi
Yellow Card84
6
SouthgateGareth Southgate
10
SforzaCiriaco Sforza
8
GascoignePaul Gascoigne
Substitution77
13
JeanneretSébastien Jeanneret
9
ShearerAlan Shearer
Goal23
14
TürkyilmazKübilay Türkyilmaz
Goal83
10
SheringhamTeddy Sheringham
Substitution70
15
VegaRamon Vega
Yellow Card89
11
AndertonDarren Anderton
17
VogelJohann Vogel
Yellow Card28
17
McManamanSteve McManaman
Substitution70
21
BonvinChristophe Bonvin
Substitution67

Substitutes

7
PlattDavid Platt
Substitution77
7
FournierSébastien Fournier
12
HoweySteve Howey
8
SylvestrePatrick Sylvestre
13
FlowersTim Flowers
11
ChapuisatStéphane Chapuisat
Substitution67
14
BarmbyNick Barmby
Substitution70
12
LehmannStephan Lehmann
15
RedknappJamie Redknapp
16
KollerMarcel Koller
Substitution71
16
CampbellSol Campbell
18
RothenbühlerRégis Rothenbühler
18
FerdinandLes Ferdinand
19
SesaDavid Sesa
19
P. NevillePhil Neville
20
ComisettiAlexandre Comisetti
20
StoneSteve Stone
Substitution70
22
CorminboeufJoël Corminboeuf
21
FowlerRobbie Fowler
22
WalkerIan Walker

Coach

Terry Venables (ENG) Artur Jorge Melo Teixeira (POR)

Referee

Manuel Diaz Vega (ESP)

Assistant referees

Joaquin Olmos Gonzalez (ESP), Fernando Tresaco Gracia (ESP)

Fourth official

José María Garcia-aranda Encinar (ESP)

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