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England see off Switzerland in Basel

Published: Tuesday 7 September 2010, 23.42CET
Switzerland 1-3 England
Goals from Wayne Rooney and substitutes Adam Johnson and Darren Bent continued England's winning start against ten-man Switzerland.
by Andy James
from St. Jakob-Park

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Match statistics

SwitzerlandEngland

Goals scored1
 
3
Possession (%)0
100
Total attempts6
 
13
Attempts on target2
 
6
Attempts off target4
 
7
Attempts blocked0
 
0
Attempts against woodwork0
 
0
Corners0
3
Offsides1
 
3
Yellow cards3
 
2
Red Cards1
 
0
Fouls committed13
 
17
Fouls suffered15
 
13

Standings

Last updated: 13/02/2013 10:53 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
 
Published: Tuesday 7 September 2010, 23.42CET

England see off Switzerland in Basel

Switzerland 1-3 England
Goals from Wayne Rooney and substitutes Adam Johnson and Darren Bent continued England's winning start against ten-man Switzerland.

Goals from Wayne Rooney and substitutes Adam Johnson and Darren Bent ensured England made it six points out of six in UEFA EURO 2012 qualifying with a 3-1 victory in Switzerland.

Rooney followed up his excellent display against Bulgaria with his first competitive international goal since September 2009 as England dominated the first period. Johnson then looked to have wrapped things up following Stephan Lichtsteiner's second-half dismissal, but although a brilliant strike from Xherdan Shaqiri gave the Basel fans brief hope, Bent's late finish made absolutely sure that England maintained their Group G lead.

After emerging to a pulsating reception from both sets of supporters at a rainy St. Jakob-Park, England sought to get at Switzerland early on and were rewarded in their first meaningful attack of the game. Rooney sprinted in to meet Glen Johnson's low cross on ten minutes and England never relinquished control after his emphatic finish.

Jermaine Defoe, a hat-trick scorer in England's 4-0 defeat of Bulgaria on Friday, consistently managed to get himself into promising positions, narrowly missing out on a subtle Rooney chip through the centre and then a fizzing cross from the left by James Milner shortly afterwards.

Switzerland threatened for the first time when the unmarked David Degen volleyed over at the far post, but still it was England on top as half-time drew nearer, Rooney again teeing up Defoe to blast straight at Diego Benaglio. The Tottenham Hotspur FC striker was then heroically denied in the air by Stéphane Grichting with the goalmouth yawning.

It took until midway through the second period for Ottmar Hitzfeld's side to put their guests under any sustained pressure, but just when they were showing menace, Lichtsteiner received a second yellow card for a challenge on Milner. England quickly capitalised on their numerical advantage as the impressive Johnson, on for the injured Theo Walcott in the wake of the opening goal, raced clear before rounding Benaglio and scoring in his second straight qualifier.

The ten men of Switzerland nonetheless reduced the deficit almost immediately when FC Basel 1893's own Shaqiri crashed a thumping left-foot strike into the top corner for his first senior international goal. Unperturbed, Fabio Capello's men responded swiftly by ending any suspense when Ashley Cole threaded in Bent. England remain top of the section on goal difference ahead of Montenegro, who welcome Switzerland on 8 October before visiting Wembley four days later.

Last updated: 26/10/12 13.35CET

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Lineups

Switzerland

Switzerland

England

England

1
BenaglioDiego Benaglio (GK)
1
HartJoe Hart (GK)
2
LichtsteinerStephan Lichtsteiner
Yellow Card57
Red Card65
2
G. JohnsonGlen Johnson
3
ZieglerReto Ziegler
3
A. ColeAshley Cole
Yellow Card76
5
Von BergenSteve von Bergen
4
GerrardSteven Gerrard (C)
6
SchweglerPirmin Schwegler
Substitution83
5
LescottJoleon Lescott
8
InlerGökhan Inler
6
JagielkaPhil Jagielka
9
A. FreiAlexander Frei (C)
7
WalcottTheo Walcott
Substitution13
13
GrichtingStéphane Grichting
Yellow Card81
8
BarryGareth Barry
15
D. DegenDavid Degen
Substitution64
9
DefoeJermain Defoe
Substitution71
19
DerdiyokEren Derdiyok
10
RooneyWayne Rooney
Goal10
Substitution79
22
MargairazXavier Margairaz
Substitution46
11
MilnerJames Milner
Yellow Card60

Substitutes

12
WölfliMarco Wölfli (GK)
12
FosterBen Foster (GK)
4
AffolterFrançois Affolter
13
GibbsKieran Gibbs
11
StrellerMarco Streller
Substitution64
14
CahillGary Cahill
14
PadalinoMarco Padalino
15
CarrickMichael Carrick
16
FernandesGelson Fernandes
16
A. JohnsonAdam Johnson
Substitution13
Goal69
20
CostanzoMoreno Costanzo
Substitution83
17
Wright-PhillipsShaun Wright-Phillips
Substitution79
23
ShaqiriXherdan Shaqiri
Substitution46
Goal71
18
BentDarren Bent
Substitution71
Goal88

Coach

Ottmar Hitzfeld (GER) Fabio Capello (ITA)

Referee

Nicola Rizzoli (ITA)

Assistant referees

Andrea Stefani (ITA), Renato Faverani (ITA)

Fourth official

Mauro Bergonzi (ITA)

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  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed Cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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