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Slovakia close in with thrilling Switzerland draw

Published: Wednesday 8 May 2013, 20.45CET
Slovakia 2-2 Switzerland
The hosts fought back from two goals down to salvage a draw and ease themselves to within touching distance of the semi-finals.
by Rastislav Hribik
from Zilina

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Match statistics

Slovakia
Switzerland

2

Goals scored

2

7

on target

7

4

off target

6

3

Corners

4

18

Fouls committed

16

3

Yellow cards

5

0

Red Cards

1

Lineups

Slovakia

Slovakia

Switzerland

Switzerland

1Junas (GK)1Fellmann (GK)
2Kadlec2Stettler
Yellow Card73
3Vavro3Kleiner
Yellow Card80+4
7Káčer
Substitution41
4Drakul
8Grič
Yellow Card74
5Elvedi
9Vestenický
Substitution80+1
6Kadoic (C)
Substitution54
10Špalek
Substitution54
8Briner
11Lesniak11Trachsel
Goal22
Yellow Card58
Red Card71
15Kupec
Yellow Card71
14Kamber
Goal29
17Haraslín (C)
Yellow Card80
17Joao De Oliveira
Substitution60
18Varga
Goal39
18Pagliuca
Substitution77

Substitutes

12Semanko (GK)12Matic (GK)
4Slaninka
Substitution54
Goal69
7Forestal
5Vodecký
Substitution80+1
9Hunziker
Substitution60
6Vlček10Grgic
13Čmelík
Substitution41
13Nguyen
Substitution54
Yellow Card56
14Otrísal15Stevic
Substitution77
16Zázrivec16Von Niederhäusern

Coaches

Ladislav Pecko (SVK) Heinz Moser (SUI)

Referee

Ivaylo Stoyanov (BUL)

Press kits

Standings

Last updated: 08/05/2013 21:39 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   

Matches

  
Published: Wednesday 8 May 2013, 20.45CET

Slovakia close in with thrilling Switzerland draw

Slovakia 2-2 Switzerland
The hosts fought back from two goals down to salvage a draw and ease themselves to within touching distance of the semi-finals.

Slovakia are just a point away from clinching a place in the 2013 UEFA European Under-17 Championship semi-finals after coming from behind to draw 2-2 with Switzerland, who finished with ten men. 

Marco Trachsel and Robin Kamber put Switzerland in a commanding position inside half an hour in Zilina, but Atila Varga's strike on the stroke of half-time and a second goal from substitute Martin Slaninka on 69 minutes, earned the hosts a point. Heinz Moser's team will be without Trachsel, sent off with nine minutes left, when they face Austria in a game they must win to have any chance of reaching the last four.

Having seen his side win on their finals bow, home coach Ladislav Pecko unsurprisingly named the same starting XI which had undone Austria. Bright though the Slovaks' start was, greater precision would have been required to turn their evident enthusiasm into clear-cut opportunities. Pecko's opposite number Moser introduced three new faces to the team beaten by Sweden, and was rewarded with greater efficiency in front of goal.

When a shot was deflected into the path of Trachsel, he fired emphatically beyond Martin Junas, who was quickly beaten again when Joao De Oliveira burst down the right before picking out Kamber to finish from close range. Stunned, the hosts' spirits were revived by a healthy-sized crowd, and their prospects were improved just as the interval approached.

Fortune favoured Pecko's young charges at a corner, and when the ball broke, Varga swept in. Having performed superbly against Austria, goalkeeper Junas executed two more first-class saves, first turning aside Eric Briner's free-kick and then palming away a drive from substitute Nicolas Hunziker.

Swiss frustrations were exacerbated when Slaninka touched in Tomáš Vestenický's cross 11 minutes from time, and the subsequent red card for Trachsel and resulting Slovakia rally – which included Filip Lesniak rifling just over – meant a nervy finale for Moser.

Last updated: 21/01/14 11.26CET

Related information

http://www.uefa.com/under17/season=2013/matches/round=2000309/match=2011633/postmatch/report/index.html#slovakia+brink

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