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Vaslui dreams shattered by committed Zürich

Published: Wednesday 14 December 2011, 21.08CET
FC Zürich 2-0 FC Vaslui
Goals from Xavier Margairaz and Oliver Buff earned Zürich's first Group D victory and sent Vaslui crashing out of the UEFA Europa League.
Vaslui dreams shattered by committed Zürich
Zürich's Philipp Koch takes the ball past Nemanja Milisavljević of Vaslui ©Getty Images

Match statistics

ZürichVaslui

Goals scored2
 
0
Attempts on target6
 
3
Attempts off target6
 
2
Corners2
 
6
Offsides4
 
7
Fouls committed13
 
9
Yellow cards0
2
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

Group D

PPts
1Sporting Clube de Portugal Sporting612
2S.S. Lazio Lazio69
3FC Vaslui Vaslui66
4FC Zürich Zürich65
Last updated: 17/05/2012 12:39 CET

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Published: Wednesday 14 December 2011, 21.08CET

Vaslui dreams shattered by committed Zürich

FC Zürich 2-0 FC Vaslui
Goals from Xavier Margairaz and Oliver Buff earned Zürich's first Group D victory and sent Vaslui crashing out of the UEFA Europa League.

Goals from Xavier Margairaz and Oliver Buff earned FC Zürich their first UEFA Europa League win of the campaign and shattered FC Vaslui's dream of qualifying for the round of 32.

Aware that S.S. Lazio were winning in Group D's other match, the pressure was on the visitors to get the three points they needed to advance at the Italian side's expense. It proved beyond them, with Zürich biding their time before twice striking on the counterattacking in the final quarter.

The hosts had the better of a cautious first period, and should have taken the lead when Margairaz blazed his left-footed half-volley wide from close range after Admir Mehmedi's chipped pass. Long ball tactics brought Vaslui's Yero Bello the only other real chance of the half on the 21-minute mark; the striker raced onto a searching pass, but hesitated before eventually firing straight at Andrea Guatelli.

News of Lazio's lead against section winners Sporting Clube de Portugal had clearly filtered through during the interval, as Vaslui immediately went on the attack after the restart. It produced a stretched game, both sides trading opportunities though it was Zürich that ultimately profited from their opponents' change in tactics.

Miloš Pavlović's diving header from Adailton's free-kick on 48 minutes threatened Guatelli, but from then on the hosts controlled proceedings. It was a wonderful opener from Margairaz, who took full advantage of time and space afforded to him outside the area, picked his spot and curled a left-footed effort inside the left upright.

Goalscorer then turned provider, as his clever back-heel found Adrian Nikci just inside box, but his shot was held well by Claudiu Puia low to his left. Willian Gerlem had a golden chance to equalise, sending a free back-post header into Guatelli's gloves, but Vaslui's fate was sealed in the final minute as substitute Buff latched onto Margairaz's through ball and coolly chipped in.

Last updated: 16/12/11 0.18CET

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Lineups

zürich

Zürich

vaslui

Vaslui

32
GuatelliAndrea Guatelli (GK)
12
ČerniauskasVytautas Černiauskas (GK)
Substitution32
2
Jorge TeixeiraJorge Teixeira
9
BelloYero Bello
3
RodriguezRicardo Rodriguez
10
AdailtonAdailton (C)
5
MargairazXavier Margairaz
Goal69
11
MilisavljevićNemanja Milisavljević
6
ZouaghiChaker Zouaghi
18
SânmărteanLucian Sânmărtean
Substitution54
7
AegerterSilvan Aegerter (C)
Substitution70
20
MilanovZhivko Milanov
9
ChermitiAmine Chermiti
Substitution84
21
BalaurIonuţ Balaur
14
DjurićDušan Djurić
Substitution62
23
PavlovićMiloš Pavlović
Yellow Card90+2
16
P. KochPhilippe Koch
26
FarkašPavol Farkaš
25
MehmediAdmir Mehmedi
77
JovanovićPetar Jovanović
Substitution80
28
BédaMathieu Béda
85
GladstoneGladstone
Yellow Card34

Substitutes

1
LeoniJohnny Leoni (GK)
22
PuiaClaudiu Puia (GK)
Substitution32
11
NikciAdrian Nikci
Substitution62
5
ZmeuDenis Zmeu
15
BuffOliver Buff
Substitution70
Goal90
8
GheorghiuAdrian Gheorghiu
21
BarmettlerHeinz Barmettler
25
Willian GerlemWillian Gerlem
Substitution54
24
BrunnerMaurice Brunner
27
LuzHugo Luz
27
SchönbächlerMarco Schönbächler
30
CostinRaul Costin
31
DrmicJosip Drmic
Substitution84
88
BuhăescuVasile Buhăescu
Substitution80

Coach

Urs Fischer (SUI) Viorel Hizo (ROU)

Referee

Maksim Layushkin (RUS)

Assistant referees

Oleg Tselovalnikov (RUS), Anton Averianov (RUS)

Fourth official

Eduard Maliy (RUS)

Additional assistant referees

Sergei Karasev (RUS), Vladimir Kazmenko (RUS)

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