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Russian recovery stuns Switzerland

Published: Saturday 7 June 2003, 21.50CET
Switzerland 2-2 Russia Sergei Ignashevitch's double rescues a point for Russia.

Match statistics

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Goals scored2
 
2
Yellow cards3
 
1
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

Last updated: 27/06/2012 11:57 CET

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Published: Saturday 7 June 2003, 21.50CET

Russian recovery stuns Switzerland

Switzerland 2-2 Russia Sergei Ignashevitch's double rescues a point for Russia.

Russia staged a courageous comeback from two goals down to rescue a 2-2 draw with Switzerland in their UEFA EURO 2004™ qualifier in Basel.

Group wide open
Alexander Frei had struck twice for the hosts early in the first half, only for Sergei Ignashevitch to score with a header and penalty to save a point. The draw leaves Group 10 wide open, with the Swiss still top with nine points but the Republic of Ireland and Russia trailing them by two.

'All not lost'
Frei was disappointed that victory had slipped away from the Swiss. "From 2-0 up, we should not have lost it," he said. "We played well at the start and managed to do what we planned, which was to score early. All is not lost, though, and now we must concentrate on our game against Albania on Wednesday."

'Our own fault'
Coach Jakob Kuhn also believed Switzerland should have won. "I am satisfied with the performance and the result but we wasted two good chances to take all three points. Still, it is our own fault and we must now calm down ahead of the next match."

Swiss swagger
Russia coach Valery Gazzaev, meanwhile, said: "We were shocked in the first 15 minutes of the game, but thankfully we managed to draw level quickly." Switzerland certainly began the game with a real swagger. Playing an aggressive formation, Stéphane Chapuisat and Ricardo Cabanas repeatedly found themselves unmarked as the Russians struggled to cope with the hosts' pace and flexibility.

Early lead
It was little surprise when the Swiss took the lead on 14 minutes. A long throw from right-back Bernt Haas was cleared only as far as Hakan Yakin on the edge of the box. The Swiss playmaker showed exemplary technique to strike the volley on the full and when Russian goalkeeper Sergei Ovchinnikov failed to hold it, Frei reacted quickest to sweep the ball into the net.

Frei double
The second goal came just two minutes later. Chapuisat broke down the left and slid the ball inside to the unmarked Hakan Yakin, who in turn drew his man before offloading to Frei. The young striker gleefully stroked home his second goal.

Russian recovery
Russia seemed stunned and tried to slow the tempo of the game. They found a foothold, however, and could have pulled a goal back as early as the 20th minute, but Denis Popov stood on the ball with the goal at his mercy. Four minutes later, they did score. Rolan Gusev, the visitors' most threatening outlet, was fouled on the right. He stepped up and delivered a teasing cross, which Ignashevitch met with a powerful header.

Sytchev sub
Gusev continued to threaten with his expert crossing, but Switzerland went into the break with the lead. Russia coach Valery Gazzaev brought off the ineffective Popov, throwing on young livewire Dmitri Sytchev. He was to prove a constant threat in an open second half.

Penalty given
The game seemed to be going the way of the Swiss, but on 68 minutes they conceded an unexpected equaliser. Another Gusev cross seemed to have sailed past the far post only for referee Arturto Dauden Ibañez to blow up for a penalty. He had correctly spotted Rafael Wicky manhandling Igor Yanovski. Wicky was booked for the infringement and Murat Yakin booked for his protestations. Ignashevitch stepped up to take it and blasted confidently past Jörg Stiel to equalise.

Last updated: 30/03/04 15.32CET

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Lineups

Switzerland

Switzerland

Russia

Russia

1
StielJörg Stiel (C)
1
OvchinnikovSergei Ovchinnikov (GK)
2
HaasBernt Haas
2
V. BerezutskiVasili Berezutski
3
MagninLudovic Magnin
Substitution60
3
KovtunYuri Kovtun
4
MüllerPatrick Müller
Yellow Card58
Substitution81
4
SmertinAleksei Smertin (C)
5
YakinMurat Yakin
Yellow Card66
5
SemakSergei Semak
Substitution81
6
CelestiniFabio Celestini
6
IgnashevichSergei Ignashevich
Goal23
Goal67
7
CabanasRicardo Cabanas
7
YanovskiIgor Yanovski
Yellow Card25
8
WickyRaphael Wicky
Yellow Card67
Substitution70
8
GusevRolan Gusev
9
A. FreiAlexander Frei
Goal13
Goal15
9
AldoninEvgeni Aldonin
10
Hakan YakinHakan Yakin
10
PopovDenis Popov
Substitution46
11
ChapuisatStéphane Chapuisat
11
KaryakaAndrei Karyaka
Substitution51

Substitutes

12
ZuberbühlerPascal Zuberbühler (GK)
12
MandrykinVeniamin Mandrykin (GK)
14
HenchozStéphane Henchoz
Substitution81
13
EvsikovDenis Evsikov
Substitution81
15
BernerBruno Berner
Substitution60
16
BystrovPetr Bystrov
16
VogelJohann Vogel
Substitution70
17
SychevDmitri Sychev
Substitution46
13
MeyerRemo Meyer
14
A. BerezutskiAleksei Berezutski
17
SpycherChristoph Spycher
15
SolomatinAndrei Solomatin
18
RamaMilaim Rama
18
BulykinDmitri Bulykin

Coach

Jakob Kuhn (SUI) Valeri Gazzaev (RUS)

Referee

Arturo Dauden Ibañez (ESP)

Assistant referees

Carlos Martin Nieto (ESP), Clemente Ayete Plou (ESP)

Fourth official

Carlos Megia Davila (ESP)

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