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Shaqiri treble keeps Swiss hopes alive

Published: Tuesday 6 September 2011, 22.45CET
Switzerland 3-1 Bulgaria
Xherdan Shaqiri's hat-trick helped Switzerland come from behind to defeat Lothar Matthäus's side and revive their qualification hopes.
Shaqiri treble keeps Swiss hopes alive
Switzerland mob Xherdan Shaqiri after the first of his three goals against Bulgaria ©Getty Images

Match statistics

SwitzerlandBulgaria

Goals scored3
 
1
Possession (%)0
100
Total attempts14
 
3
Attempts on target4
 
1
Attempts off target9
 
2
Attempts blocked0
 
0
Attempts against woodwork0
 
0
Corners9
 
5
Offsides1
 
3
Yellow cards2
 
4
Red Cards0
1
Fouls committed15
 
20
Fouls suffered18
 
12

Standings

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

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
 
Published: Tuesday 6 September 2011, 22.45CET

Shaqiri treble keeps Swiss hopes alive

Switzerland 3-1 Bulgaria
Xherdan Shaqiri's hat-trick helped Switzerland come from behind to defeat Lothar Matthäus's side and revive their qualification hopes.

Switzerland's hopes of qualifying for UEFA EURO 2012 remain alive after Ottmar Hitzfeld's charges recovered from a goal down to seal a crucial 3-1 victory in Basel.

The hosts knew from the outset that only a win could realistically preserve their hopes of securing second place in Group G but that plan came under threat as Ivan Ivanov gave the visitors an early lead. The UEFA EURO 2008 co-hosts reacted well, however, clawing their way back into the match with an equaliser on the stroke of half-time through Xherdan Shaqiri, who went on to score twice more after the interval.

The match was only nine minutes old when the visitors took the lead, Stiliyan Petrov meeting Martin Petrov's corner with a firm header which Diego Benaglio could only parry into the path of Ivanov who gleefully scored from close range. Thereafter the visitors sat back to protect their lead, and Switzerland struggled to find a reply. Eren Derdiyok ploughed a hardworking but lonely furrow in the lone striker role and Hitzfeld's side were reduced to ambitious shots from range.

It was not until added time at the end of the first half that the hosts created a genuine goalscoring chance, but when they did, it produced a morale-boosting equaliser. Stephan Lichtsteiner and Admir Mehmedi propelled the ball forward, where Shaqiri turned towards goal, exchanged a quick give-and-go with Derdiyok and, to the relief of16,880 spectators, rippled the net with a powerful right-footed shot.

After the interval, Mehmedi and Granit Xhaka began alternating positions on the left and right flanks, and, the former fortuitously found Shaqiri who curled a fine effort low past Nikolay Mihaylov. Switzerland were now in the ascendancy and so was the impressive Shaqiri, who on his home pitch completed a memorable night – and an important hat-trick – when Blerim Dzemaili's corner reached him on the edge of the area; the FC Basel 1893 playmaker sent it back into the top corner of the net with interest.

Switzerland are nine points behind leaders group leaders England, over whom they have a game in hand with two matches remaining. More pertinently, they are now within three points of second-placed Montenegro, who are their final opponents in Basel on 11 October, four days after they take on Wales in Swansea.

Last updated: 07/09/11 0.59CET

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Lineups

Switzerland

Switzerland

Bulgaria

Bulgaria

1
BenaglioDiego Benaglio (GK)
13
MihaylovNikolay Mihaylov (GK)
2
LichtsteinerStephan Lichtsteiner
3
IlievValentin Iliev
3
ZieglerReto Ziegler
4
ZanevPetar Zanev
4
SenderosPhilippe Senderos
7
GeorgievBlagoy Georgiev
Yellow Card30
8
InlerGökhan Inler (C)
8
SarmovGeorgi Sarmov
9
DerdiyokEren Derdiyok
9
PopovIvelin Popov
11
MehmediAdmir Mehmedi
Substitution83
15
IvanovIvan Ivanov
Goal9
15
DzemailiBlerim Dzemaili
16
MilanovZhivko Milanov
Yellow Card32
Red Card65
17
XhakaGranit Xhaka
Substitution88
17
M.PetrovMartin Petrov
Substitution60
20
DjourouJohan Djourou
Yellow Card60
19
St.PetrovStiliyan Petrov (C)
23
ShaqiriXherdan Shaqiri
Goal45+2
Goal62
Yellow Card62
Goal90
Substitution90+1
20
GenkovTsvetan Genkov
Substitution70

Substitutes

12
WölfliMarco Wölfli (GK)
1
StoyanovVladislav Stoyanov (GK)
7
D. DegenDavid Degen
5
BodurovNikolay Bodurov
Substitution70
14
EmegharaInnocent Emeghara
Substitution83
6
MarquinhosMarcos Marquinhos
16
FernandesGelson Fernandes
Substitution88
12
GadzhevVladimir Gadzhev
Substitution60
Yellow Card89
18
Ben KhalifaNassim Ben Khalifa
Substitution90+1
18
RaykovSimeon Raykov
19
F. FreiFabian Frei
21
K. StoyanovKostadin Stoyanov
22
T. KloseTimm Klose
22
BozhilovGerogi Bozhilov

Coach

Ottmar Hitzfeld (GER) Lothar Matthäus (GER)

Referee

Pavel Královec (CZE)

Assistant referees

Miroslav Zlamal (CZE), Martin Wilczek (CZE)

Fourth official

Libor Kovařik (CZE)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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