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Chivadze signs off with draw

Published: Wednesday 2 April 2003, 23.00CET
Georgia 0-0 Switzerland Alexander Chivadze fails to win in his last game in charge of Georgia against the leaders.

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Yellow cards3
 
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Red cards0
 
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Last updated: 27/06/2012 11:56 CET

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Published: Wednesday 2 April 2003, 23.00CET

Chivadze signs off with draw

Georgia 0-0 Switzerland Alexander Chivadze fails to win in his last game in charge of Georgia against the leaders.

Georgia failed to send off coach Alexander Chivadze with the win his now former team needed to maintain any realistic hope of qualifying for UEFA EURO 2004™ on Wednesday in Tbilisi. The home side were held to a scoreless draw by Group 10 leaders Switzerland.

Stern resistance
More might have been expected of the Swiss, who had already defeated Georgia 4-1 away and secured a memorable 2-1 victory against the Republic of Ireland at Lansdowne Road. Georgia, though, despite being outplayed in the first half, provided stern resistance and even the odd scare in the second.

Haas thunder
Swiss midfield player Ricardo Cabanas was first to threaten in the fifth minute but his shot was too central to trouble goalkeeper Georgi Lomaia, who was relieved to see a thunderous strike from Bernt Haas skid wide in the 18th minute.

Demetradze free-kick
Lomaia soon had more to deal with, palming away the lively Hakan Yakin’s shot in the 26th minute before the action switched to the other end, FC Basel goalkeeper Pascal Zuberbühler saving tremendously after Georgi Demetradze's free-kick. It was the closest either side came to going ahead in the opening period.

Chapuisat header
Just past the half hour, Stéphane Chapuisat sent a diving header straight at Lomaia but, on the whole, Georgia looked comfortable at the back, where centre-back Otar Khizaneishvili positively breathed defiance.

Immediate dividends
Chivadze, who announced this would be his last game after the 2-1 reverse by Ireland on Saturday, introduced Rangers FC forward Shota Arveladze and Givi Didava after the interval. The move reaped immediate dividends with the home side proving the imminent resignation of their coach had done little to sap morale.

Demetradze mayhem
Demetradze, the only serious threat to the Swiss, caused mayhem in the 54th minute, latching on to a through-ball to drift wide of his marker and force the best out of Zuberbühler, who stood his ground and parried wide. Dato Kvirkvelia, suddenly a font of guile on the right flank, was working his way through his repetoire of tricks but failed to force the opening the home faithful demanded.

Storm weathered
Switzerland, however, weathered the storm and Chapuisat forged an opening in the 67th minute, only to have the ball spirited off his feet by another piece of deft defending from Khizaneishvili. By the time Murat Yakin shot from distance in the 79th minute, both sides appeared content to share a point.

Daunting task
But Georgia will need at least three points in their next group game at home against second-placed Russia on 30 April. Switzerland, in an altogether more promising position, face the same opposition at home on 7 June.

Last updated: 02/02/12 3.05CET

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Lineups

Georgia

Georgia

Switzerland

Switzerland

1
LomaiaGeorgi Lomaia
1
ZuberbühlerPascal Zuberbühler
2
KhizanishviliZurab Khizanishvili
2
HaasBernt Haas
3
KhizaneishviliOtar Khizaneishvili
3
BernerBruno Berner
4
RekhviashviliAleksandr Rekhviashvili
Yellow Card18
4
MüllerPatrick Müller
5
KvirkveliaDavid Kvirkvelia
5
YakinMurat Yakin
6
KemoklidzeRevaz Kemoklidze
6
VogelJohann Vogel
7
NemsadzeGeorgi Nemsadze (C)
Substitution46
7
CabanasRicardo Cabanas
Substitution69
8
TskitishviliLevan Tskitishvili
8
WickyRaphael Wicky
9
IashviliAleksandre Iashvili
Substitution46
9
A. FreiAlexander Frei
Substitution60
10
KobiashviliLevan Kobiashvili
Yellow Card76
10
Hakan YakinHakan Yakin
Substitution90
11
DemetradzeGeorgi Demetradze
Substitution73
11
ChapuisatStéphane Chapuisat (C)
Yellow Card5

Substitutes

12
GvaramadzeDavid Gvaramadze
12
BorerFabrice Borer
14
ArveladzeShota Arveladze
Substitution46
15
CelestiniFabio Celestini
Substitution60
16
DidavaGivi Didava
Substitution46
17
CantaluppiMario Cantaluppi
Substitution69
18
AshvetiaMikheil Ashvetia
Substitution73
Yellow Card83
18
ThurreLéonard Thurre
Substitution90
13
DaraseliaVitali Daraselia
13
MeyerRemo Meyer
15
AmisulashviliAleksandr Amisulashvili
14
ZwyssigMarco Zwyssig
17
ShashiashviliGiorgi Shashiashvili
16
SpycherChristoph Spycher

Coach

Alexandr Chivadze (GEO) Jakob Kuhn (SUI)

Referee

Edo Trivkovic (CRO)

Assistant referees

Miroslav Jedvaj (CRO), Josip Novko (CRO)

Fourth official

Goran Maric (CRO)

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