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Swiss through after sinking Ireland

Published: Sunday 12 October 2003, 0.22CET
Switzerland 2-0 Republic of Ireland Hakan Yakin and Alexander Frei secured a Swiss win.

Match statistics

SwitzerlandRepublic of Ireland

Goals scored2
 
0
Yellow cards2
 
3
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

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

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Published: Sunday 12 October 2003, 0.22CET

Swiss through after sinking Ireland

Switzerland 2-0 Republic of Ireland Hakan Yakin and Alexander Frei secured a Swiss win.

Switzerland secured a place in the finals of UEFA EURO 2004™ with a 2-0 victory against the Republic of Ireland at Saint Jakob Park in Basel.

Group winners
The result ensured Köbi Kuhn's side won Group 10 and ended Ireland's own qualification hopes. Russia's victory against Georgia meant that the visitors had to win to claim a play-off place, but in the event finished in third position with eleven points from eight matches, four behind Switzerland and three adrift of Russia.

Welcome returns
Switzerland were able to welcome back goalkeeper and captain Jörg Stiel and playmaker Hakan Yakin after injury, with striker Robbie Keane and defender Gary Breen both fit again for the visitors.

Early advantage
Ireland soon felt the absence of another key defender, with captain Kenny Cunningham forced to sit out the game through suspension, as the home side took the lead in the sixth minute. Alexander Frei worked space for the shot on the edge of the area and, although his effort was half-blocked, the ball found its way to the feet of Hakan Yakin, who kept his composure to round Shay Given and score.

Chapuisat goes close
The situation nearly became even worse for Brian Kerr's side two minutes later, as Stéphane Chapuisat came forward and with options left and right, his speculative shot from outside the penalty area forced Given into an improvised parry.

Shot wide
However, the visitors might have levelled in the tenth minute, as Damien Duff cut in from the right and played a low ball into David Connolly on the edge of the penalty area. The striker's first-time lay-off gave Colin Healy a sight of goal, but the midfield player could only drag his low shot across the face of the target.

Headed opportunity
Although the Swiss looked more settled and composed, Ireland gradually worked their way back into the match after the early setback and Gary Breen sent a free header from a corner over the crossbar.

Dogged defending
The home team still looked more like scoring, but the visitors enjoyed their best spell shortly before half-time. However, they struggled to breach a solid and well-organised Swiss defence, although Connolly might have levelled seven minutes before the interval but his close-range header from Duff's right-wing cross was just too high.

Speculative effort
Ireland began the second period in determined fashion, but it was the home side who came closest to scoring in the early exchanges as Raphael Wicky's cross from the left-hand corner of the penalty area rebounded off the crossbar with Given stranded.

Decisive second
Breen then had another chance from a corner but again his header was too high, before the decisive second goal arrived on the hour. Wicky's cross picked out Chapuisat and, although his powerful downward header was superbly saved by Given, the goalkeeper could only parry the ball and Frei was on hand to score the second to send the noisy home supporters wild with delight.

Kerr disappointment
"We weren't good enough to beat the Swiss tonight," admitted Ireland manager Brian Kerr after the match. "We have to accept that. Not enough of our players played as well as they can. We have given it a good go, but the handicap of losing our first two games was too much."

Last updated: 13/10/03 11.44CET

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Lineups

Switzerland

Switzerland

Republic of Ireland

Republic of Ireland

1
StielJörg Stiel (GK) (C)
1
GivenShay Given (GK)
2
HaasBernt Haas
Yellow Card24
2
CarrStephen Carr
Yellow Card28
3
SpycherChristoph Spycher
3
HarteIan Harte
Yellow Card90+1
4
MüllerPatrick Müller
4
O'SheaJohn O'Shea
5
YakinMurat Yakin
5
BreenGary Breen
6
VogelJohann Vogel
6
HollandMatt Holland (C)
Substitution74
7
HuggelBenjamin Huggel
7
DuffDamien Duff
8
WickyRaphael Wicky
Yellow Card54
8
HealyColin Healy
9
A. FreiAlexander Frei
Goal60
Substitution90+1
9
ConnollyDavid Connolly
Substitution58
10
Hakan YakinHakan Yakin
Goal6
Substitution56
10
KeaneRobbie Keane
11
ChapuisatStéphane Chapuisat
Substitution69
11
KilbaneKevin Kilbane
Substitution74

Substitutes

12
ZuberbühlerPascal Zuberbühler (GK)
16
ColganNicky Colgan (GK)
14
HenchozStéphane Henchoz
Substitution90+1
12
FinnanSteve Finnan
Substitution74
16
CelestiniFabio Celestini
Substitution56
13
KinsellaMark Kinsella
Substitution74
Yellow Card88
17
StrellerMarco Streller
Substitution69
18
MorrisonClinton Morrison
Substitution58
13
ZwyssigMarco Zwyssig
14
Andy O'BrienAndy O'Brien
15
BernerBruno Berner
15
CarsleyLee Carsley
18
RamaMilaim Rama
17
DohertyGary Doherty

Coach

Jakob Kuhn (SUI) Brian Kerr (IRL)

Referee

Anders Frisk (SWE)

Assistant referees

Kenneth Petersson (SWE), Peter Ekström (SWE)

Fourth official

Peter Fröjdfeldt (SWE)

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