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Swiss secure progress

Published: Tuesday 9 September 2003, 23.10CET
Russia 1-2 Switzerland Early goals from Alain Nef and Daniel Gygax earn a play-off berth.
Published: Tuesday 9 September 2003, 23.10CET

Swiss secure progress

Russia 1-2 Switzerland Early goals from Alain Nef and Daniel Gygax earn a play-off berth.

Switzerland secured top position in UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualifying Group 10 with a hard-earned 2-1 victory away to Russia in Moscow.

Decisive blows
Goals in the first half-hour from Alain Nef and striker Daniel Gygax proved enough for the visitors, who held on against determined opponents who had two men sent off in the closing stages.

Two-goal lead
Defender Nef gave Switzerland the lead in the 16th minute, and the match looked to be all over 12 minutes later when Nef added a second from the penalty spot. However, Russian striker Spartak Gogniev gave the home side hope four minutes before half-time as he halved the deficit.

Second-half struggle
Russia struggled to get back on level terms throughout the second half in a match they knew they had to win if they were to have any hope of overhauling Switzerland at the top of the section. However, their hopes were damaged by the 80th-minute dismissal of midfield player Dmitri Koudriashov, and the home side ended the match with nine men after forward Roman Pavlyuchenko was also shown a red card a minute from time.

Seven-point advantage
The result meant that Switzerland established an unassailable seven-point lead at the top of the section with 19 points from seven games. The Swiss finish their qualifying campaign at home to the Republic of Ireland on 10 October, while Russia, who will still hope to qualify for the play-offs as one of the six best runners-up, take on Georgia the same night.

Last updated: 28/03/13 3.54CET

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Lineups

Russia

Russia

Switzerland

Switzerland

12
AkinfeevIgor Akinfeev (GK)
Yellow Card28
1
WölfliMarco Wölfli (GK)
2
KuzminOleg Kuzmin (C)
Substitution55
2
P. DegenPhilipp Degen
4
BelozerovAleksandr Belozerov
Yellow Card73
3
NefAlain Nef
Goal15
6
DenisovIgor Denisov
4
DenicolàLuca Denicolà
8
AnyukovAleksandr Anyukov
5
EggimannMario Eggimann (C)
9
PavlyuchenkoRoman Pavlyuchenko
Red Card88
6
ShalaRijat Shala
11
GognievSpartak Gogniev
Goal40
7
LichtsteinerStephan Lichtsteiner
Yellow Card26
Substitution81
13
KoudriashovDmitri Koudriashov
Red/Yellow Card78
8
BarnettaTranquillo Barnetta
15
ArshavinAndrey Arshavin
Substitution33
9
VonlanthenJohan Vonlanthen
16
KolodinDenis Kolodin
10
BaumannPatrick Baumann
Substitution73
17
VinogradovSergei Vinogradov
Substitution60
11
GygaxDaniel Gygax
Goal28

Substitutes

1
GabulovVladimir Gabulov (GK)
12
PortmannAlain Portmann (GK)
7
BoberAnton Bober
Substitution33
13
Von BergenSteve von Bergen
Substitution88
20
AdamovRoman Adamov
Substitution55
14
CerronePascal Cerrone
Substitution73
21
PavlenkoAleksandr Pavlenko
Substitution60
16
ChiumentoDavide Chiumento
Substitution81
Substitution88
3
RogotchiAnton Rogotchi
15
D. DegenDavid Degen
5
EvsikovDenis Evsikov
17
CengelÖnder Cengel
19
KusovAlan Kusov

Coach

Andrey Chernyshov (BLR) Bernard Challandes (SUI)

Referee

Douglas McDonald (SCO)

Assistant referees

David Doig (SCO), Richard Stewart Shearer (SCO)

Fourth official

Iain Robertson Brines (SCO)

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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