|1||Kobel (GK)||1||McCrorie (GK)|
|12||Mujovic (GK)||12||Devlin (GK)|
|Yves Débonnaire (SUI)||Scot Gemmill (SCO)|
|Aliyar Aghayev (AZE)|
Scotland will play the Netherlands in Sunday's UEFA European Under-17 Championship semi-finals after a 3-1 win against Switzerland.
Scot Gemmill's charges only needed a draw to go through as Group B runners-up, but looked in grave danger of going out when Dimitri Oberlin gave the Swiss a deserved lead. However, the half-time introduction of Craig Wighton and Ryan Hardie proved a turning point, with each finding the net either side of Jake Sheppard's close-range finish.
Playing in Paola, Malta's industrial heartland, it was a somewhat agricultural approach that reaped reward for the Swiss in the first half. Time and again they clipped the ball over the top, forcing the Scots' defence to turn, and found themselves through on goal. Oberlin was first to benefit, controlling one direct pass divinely only to be thwarted by the onrushing Robby McCrorie. Albian Ajeti scuffed the rebound wide.
McCrorie had already acrobatically denied Alban Selmanaj by that point and was again down smartly on the half-hour to smother Ajeti's header. The Rangers FC keeper could do nothing five minutes later, though, when Oberlin raced on to Mirlind Kryeziu's cushioned pass and finished calmly across goal.
Though Gemmill's team saw more of the ball after going behind, they mustered only a harmless Scott Wright shot and a wayward Calvin Miller effort before the break. However, that all changed just five minutes after the interval, when Wighton swivelled to finish via the foot of Swiss No1 Gregor Kobel after admirable perseverance from Wright.
Wighton turned provider not long later, running diligently down the left and crossing to the back post for fellow substitute Ryan Hardie to head the ball down and onto a plate for Sheppard. The cherry on the cake came just after the hour, Hardie poking past Kobel after bringing down Aidan Nesbitt's neat pass into the box.
Switzerland's misery was compounded when McCrorie palmed away Boris Babic's spot kick after Zak Jules had felled Oberlin. Hardie could have gilded the lilly with a late breakaway effort but Kobel made a fine stop.
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