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Swiss up and running after overcoming Wales

Published: Tuesday 12 October 2010, 23.15CET
Switzerland 4-1 Wales
Ottmar Hitzfeld's team recorded their first points in Group G with two goals in each half in Basel, Valentin Stocker scoring twice.
by Andy James
from St. Jakob-Park

Match statistics

SwitzerlandWales

Goals scored4
 
1
Possession (%)0
100
Total attempts17
 
10
Attempts on target9
 
3
Attempts off target8
 
7
Attempts blocked0
 
0
Attempts against woodwork0
 
0
Corners3
 
3
Offsides0
4
Yellow cards2
 
2
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed14
 
17
Fouls suffered14
 
11

Standings

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

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
 
Published: Tuesday 12 October 2010, 23.15CET

Swiss up and running after overcoming Wales

Switzerland 4-1 Wales
Ottmar Hitzfeld's team recorded their first points in Group G with two goals in each half in Basel, Valentin Stocker scoring twice.

Switzerland finally got their UEFA EURO 2012 qualifying up and running with a convincing victory against Wales, whose third consecutive Group G defeat leaves them bottom of the section without a point.

Marco Streller's 21st-minute strike sent the hosts in at the break in front after Gareth Bale's equaliser had cancelled out an early opener from Valentin Stocker. Gökhan Inler's 82nd-minute spot kick and a late second from Stocker means Ottmar Hitzfeld's team can now begin their pursuit of England and Montenegro in earnest, while Wales will seek to get off the mark when they resume their campaign in March.

Eight minutes had elapsed when Hitzfeld was up celebrating his side's opener. Stocker was the scorer, nodding in after Streller unselfishly headed across the rebound from Tranquillo Barnetta's initial strike. The Nati coach was soon back in the dugout, however, as Bale raced on to Andrew Crofts' through ball and finished confidently past Marco Wölfli, who had replaced the injured Diego Benaglio early on.

With Wales buoyant Wölfli made an impressive save from James Collins' header soon afterwards, a stop which proved to be crucial as Switzerland restored their lead on 21 minutes. Inler chipped to the lurking Streller, who sliced his volley into the corner. The FC Basel 1893 striker could have had his second before the break but for a challenge from Wales captain Ashley Williams.

Wales produced the opening chance of the second period when Darcy Blake's delivery was headed narrowly over by Andy King, but Blake almost cost his team a goal soon afterwards when he failed to react to Alex Frei's cross. Stocker did, but his powerful header was beaten away by Wayne Hennessey.

The visitors' determination was never in question in what was an open encounter throughout. Bale persistently foraged for an opening on the left and nearly forced in an equaliser on the back of a slaloming run as the game entered the closing stages. However, Inler's penalty following Christian Ribeiro's foul on Barnetta and Stocker's simple fourth ensured Brian Flynn's final game as caretaker boss ended in another disappointment.

Last updated: 27/09/14 1.35CET

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Lineups

Switzerland

Switzerland

Wales

Wales

1
BenaglioDiego Benaglio (GK)
Substitution8
1
HennesseyWayne Hennessey (GK)
2
LichtsteinerStephan Lichtsteiner
Yellow Card18
2
BlakeDarcy Blake
Substitution54
3
ZieglerReto Ziegler
3
CollinsDanny Collins
5
Von BergenSteve von Bergen
4
CollinsJames Collins
Yellow Card70
6
SchweglerPirmin Schwegler
Substitution90+1
5
CroftsAndrew Crofts
7
BarnettaTranquillo Barnetta
Yellow Card35
6
A. WilliamsAshley Williams (C)
8
InlerGökhan Inler
Goal82
7
EdwardsDavid Edwards
Substitution77
9
A. FreiAlexander Frei (C)
Substitution79
8
KingAndy King
Yellow Card7
11
StrellerMarco Streller
Goal21
9
ChurchSimon Church
13
GrichtingStéphane Grichting
10
VaughanDavid Vaughan
Substitution89
14
StockerValentin Stocker
Goal8
Goal89
11
BaleGareth Bale
Goal13

Substitutes

12
WölfliMarco Wölfli (GK)
Substitution8
12
CornellDavid Cornell (GK)
4
AffolterFrançois Affolter
13
RibeiroChristian Ribeiro
Substitution54
10
Hakan YakinHakan Yakin
14
MorganCraig Morgan
15
D. DegenDavid Degen
15
N. TaylorNeil Taylor
16
FernandesGelson Fernandes
Substitution90+1
16
MacDonaldShaun MacDonald
Substitution89
19
DerdiyokEren Derdiyok
Substitution79
17
DobleRyan Doble
23
ShaqiriXherdan Shaqiri
18
MorisonSteve Morison
Substitution77

Coach

Ottmar Hitzfeld (GER) Brian Flynn (WAL)

Referee

Alain Hamer (LUX)

Assistant referees

François Mangen (LUX), Christian Holtgen (LUX)

Fourth official

Luc Wilmes (LUX)

Legend:

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  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed Cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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