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Dogged Albania deny Switzerland

Published: Saturday 12 October 2002, 20.10CET
Albania 1-1 Switzerland A late free-kick from Edvin Murati delights the hosts.

Match statistics

AlbaniaSwitzerland

Goals scored1
 
1
Yellow cards1
 
5
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

Last updated: 14/05/2013 09:40 CET

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Published: Saturday 12 October 2002, 20.10CET

Dogged Albania deny Switzerland

Albania 1-1 Switzerland A late free-kick from Edvin Murati delights the hosts.

Albania held Switzerland to a 1-1 draw in their EURO 2004™ Group 10 qualifier in Tirana today thanks to a powerful free-kick from midfield player Edvin Murati.

Bright start
Despite a bright beginning Albania found themselves a goal down in the 37th minute, Murat Yakin heading the away side ahead from Alex Frei’s cross. Albania were initially restricted by Italian coach Giuseppe Dossena’s formation, as lone striker Igli Tare of Brescia Calcio was often isolated up front and, when midfield players did push forward in support, it left too many open spaces for the Swiss attackers to exploit.

Attacking threat
However, once Albania became accustomed to their formation they carved out several good opportunities to equalise, with Tare particularly culpable, heading Ervin Fakaj’s cross wide early in the second half. However, the home side continued to press forward, and Dossena’s introduction of substitutes Altin Haxhi and Florian Myrtaj gave the attack more impetus.

Spectacular equaliser
Alban Bushi almost scored with a powerful free-kick in 75th minute, but four minutes later he set the stadium alight when he found the net from about 25 metres with another effort.

Golden chance
Switzerland almost snatched victory in injury time when first Stéphane Chapuisat and then substitute Leonard Thurre each had only Albanian keeper Foto Strakosha to beat, but both were denied. Albania next travel to Russia on Wednesday, while Switzerland visit the Republic of Ireland the same night.

Last updated: 13/10/02 1.16CET

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Lineups

Albania

Albania

Switzerland

Switzerland

1
StrakoshaFotaq Strakosha
1
StielJörg Stiel
Yellow Card83
2
LalaAltin Lala
2
HaasBernt Haas
3
ÇipiGeri Çipi
3
MagninLudovic Magnin
4
XhumbaArian Xhumba
4
MüllerPatrick Müller
Yellow Card12
5
FakajErvin Fakaj
Substitution89
5
YakinMurat Yakin
Goal37
6
HasiBesnik Hasi
6
VogelJohann Vogel
7
MuratiEdvin Murati
Goal79
7
CabanasRicardo Cabanas
Yellow Card63
Substitution81
8
HaxhiAltin Haxhi
Substitution60
8
WickyRaphael Wicky
9
DuroKlodian Duro
Yellow Card70
9
A. FreiAlexander Frei
Yellow Card8
Substitution84
10
Fatmir VataFatmir Vata
10
Hakan YakinHakan Yakin
Substitution63
17
TareIgli Tare
Substitution71
Substitution71
11
ChapuisatStéphane Chapuisat

Substitutes

12
BeqajArjan Beqaj
12
ZuberbühlerPascal Zuberbühler
11
MyrtajFlorian Myrtaj
Substitution71
Substitution71
16
CelestiniFabio Celestini
Substitution63
16
SinaElvis Sina
Substitution89
17
CantaluppiMario Cantaluppi
Substitution81
Yellow Card82
18
BushiAlban Bushi
Substitution60
18
ThurreLéonard Thurre
Substitution84
13
MukajDevis Mukaj
13
MeyerRemo Meyer
14
BellaiArian Bellai
14
KellerStephan Keller
15
HushiLulzim Hushi
15
BernerBruno Berner

Coach

Giuseppe Dossena (ITA) Jakob Kuhn (SUI)

Referee

Orhan Erdemir (TUR)

Assistant referees

Münir Takpak (TUR), Koray Gençerler (TUR)

Fourth official

Bülent Uzun (TUR)

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