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Yakin goals send hosts out on a high

Published: Monday 16 June 2008, 0.50CET
Switzerland 2-0 Portugal
Hakan Yakin found the net twice as Switzerland signed off on a high note against the Group A winners.
by Michael Harrold
from St. Jakob-Park
Yakin goals send hosts out on a high
Hakan Yakin scored twice for Switzerland ©Getty Images

Match statistics

SwitzerlandPortugal

Goals scored2
 
0
Attempts on target9
 
5
Attempts off target5
 
2
Corners5
 
2
Fouls committed26
 
27
Yellow cards4
 
4
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

Last updated: 27/06/2012 11:56 CET

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Published: Monday 16 June 2008, 0.50CET

Yakin goals send hosts out on a high

Switzerland 2-0 Portugal
Hakan Yakin found the net twice as Switzerland signed off on a high note against the Group A winners.

Co-hosts Switzerland brought the curtain down on their UEFA EURO 2008 campaign with a stirring performance at St. Jakob Park, signing off with a victory thanks to two second-half goals from Hakan Yakin.

Though it was not enough to take them off the bottom of Group A, the win restored pride in a side who had been left with little else to play for after opening the tournament with successive defeats. Yakin struck on 71 minutes then again from the penalty spot with seven minutes left. Prior to that, a second-string Portugal team – featuring only three starters from their previous victory – had made enough chances to win, although they should be back at full strength when they return here for Thursday's quarter-final.

Köbi Kuhn was overseeing his last match in charge of Switzerland and he recalled ever-popular 37-year-old goalkeeper Pascal Zuberbühler for his first taste of UEFA EURO 2008 while midfielder Johan Vonlanthen replaced Tranquillo Barnetta. Though there was nothing at stake in the group, Switzerland fans were determined to give Kuhn and his side a rousing send-off and they were in full voice early on.

Portugal, though, were giving more reason to cheer. Luiz Felipe Scolari's reserves were playing for their places and Ricardo Quaresma showed his credentials on seven minutes with a delightful pass flicked from behind his standing leg which Hélder Postiga headed wide. Ten minutes later Nani caught the eye, firing a low free-kick into the box to Pepe whose touch was spectacularly tipped on to the bar by Zuberbühler.

It was not all one-way traffic, however, and goalkeeper Ricardo pushed a Gökhan Inler effort over before blocking Valon Behrami's shot with his legs. Chances were coming thick and fast, and just before the half-hour Ricardo was again pressed into action to palm away Yakin's header. With the latter stages of the competition in mind, Scolari brought on Jorge Ribeiro – brother of Maniche, a star of the 2004 finals – for Paulo Ferreira in the 41st minute as the Chelsea FC full-back had been booked.

The start of the second half brought more missed opportunities. Postiga headed over, Nani hit the post when clean through, and Zuberbühler saved from Quaresma. Quite what Eusébio, watching from the stands, made of such profligacy did not bear thinking about. Portugal were almost made to pay when substitute Barnetta snapped a shot at goal from close range on the hour – Pepe coming to the rescue with a brilliant block. Four minutes later Vonlanthen had the cow bells ringing again with a rasping drive that clipped the post.

The breakthrough finally came on 71 minutes when Eren Derdiyok's deft touch slipped Yakin in behind the Portugal defence and the 31-year-old rifled the ball beyond Ricardo. Yakin made sure of the points after 83 minutes with a powerfully struck penalty after Fernando Meira had impeded Barnetta's run in the box. That left St. Jakob Park buzzing, yet it is the Portuguese who live to fight another day.

Last updated: 10/01/12 13.46CET

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Lineups

Switzerland

Switzerland

Portugal

Portugal

18
ZuberbühlerPascal Zuberbühler (GK)
1
RicardoRicardo (GK)
3
MagninLudovic Magnin (C)
2
FerreiraPaulo Ferreira
Yellow Card30
Substitution41
4
SenderosPhilippe Senderos
3
Bruno AlvesBruno Alves
5
LichtsteinerStephan Lichtsteiner
Substitution83
5
Fernando MeiraFernando Meira (C)
Yellow Card78
8
InlerGökhan Inler
6
Raul MeirelesRaul Meireles
10
Hakan YakinHakan Yakin
Yellow Card27
Goal71
Goal83
Substitution86
13
MiguelMiguel
Yellow Card81
12
DerdiyokEren Derdiyok
15
PepePepe
15
FernandesGelson Fernandes
Yellow Card90+2
17
QuaresmaRicardo Quaresma
19
BehramiValon Behrami
18
Miguel VelosoMiguel Veloso
Substitution71
20
MüllerPatrick Müller
19
NaniNani
22
VonlanthenJohan Vonlanthen
Yellow Card37
Substitution61
23
Hélder PostigaHélder Postiga
Substitution74

Substitutes

1
BenaglioDiego Benaglio (GK)
12
NunoNuno (GK)
21
JakupovićEldin Jakupović (GK)
22
Rui PatrícioRui Patrício (GK)
2
DjourouJohan Djourou
4
BosingwaJosé Bosingwa
6
HuggelBenjamin Huggel
7
RonaldoCristiano Ronaldo
7
CabanasRicardo Cabanas
Substitution86
8
PetitPetit
13
GrichtingStéphane Grichting
Substitution83
9
Hugo AlmeidaHugo Almeida
Substitution74
14
GygaxDaniel Gygax
10
João MoutinhoJoão Moutinho
Substitution71
16
BarnettaTranquillo Barnetta
Substitution61
Yellow Card81
11
SimãoSimão
17
SpycherChristoph Spycher
14
Jorge RibeiroJorge Ribeiro
Substitution41
Yellow Card64
23
P. DegenPhilipp Degen
16
CarvalhoRicardo Carvalho
20
DecoDeco
21
Nuno GomesNuno Gomes

Coach

Jakob Kuhn (SUI) Luiz Felipe Scolari (BRA)

Referee

Konrad Plautz (AUT)

Assistant referees

Egon Bereuter (AUT), Markus Mayr (AUT)

Fourth official

Ivan Bebek (CRO)

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