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Czechs take command

Published: Saturday 15 November 2003, 16.04CET
Switzerland 1-2 Czech Republic The visitors recover from going a goal down to record a vital away win.
Published: Saturday 15 November 2003, 16.04CET

Czechs take command

Switzerland 1-2 Czech Republic The visitors recover from going a goal down to record a vital away win.

By Giuseppe Perfetto in Basel

The Czech Republic recovered from going a goal down to defeat Switzerland 2-1 at FC Basel's Saint Jakob Park and close in on a place in the UEFA European Under-21 Championships.

Home advantage
The Czechs will take a one-goal lead back to Ostrava for the second leg on 19 November, and will be confident of progressing from the play-off for the final tournament, having scored two potentially vital away goals.

Defensive confusion
The visitors took control of the game from the kick-off, winning two corners in the first two minutes, although they were unable to take advantage of either. Switzerland gradually worked their way back into the match and took the lead two minutes past the quarter-hour, as a defensive mix-up between Czech midfield player Jakub Bureš and goalkeeper Jan Laštuvka gave Alain Nef the chance to score.

Czechs strike back
The goal sent the 13,521-strong crowd wild with delight but had come largely against the run of play, with Mario Licka seeing a shot blocked by Swiss goalkeeper Mario Wölfli following a corner. Undeterred by falling a goal behind, the visitors continued to press forward and drew level in the 32nd minute as Licka created a chance for Vaclav Sverkos and the striker made no mistake.

Koubský converts
Buoyed by the equaliser, the Czechs threw men forward and duly took the lead four minutes before half-time as defender Jirí Koubský headed a left-wing corner into the net to give the visitors an advantage they were never to relinquish.

Second-half chances
The home side sought a way back into the match in the second half, with Marco Streller sending a shot just wide within nine minutes of the restart. The same player came close to equalising again with 18 minutes remaining, before Degen and Roland Schwegler both had chances to make the score 2-2, but the Czechs held on for a vital victory.

Last updated: 28/03/13 3.52CET

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Lineups

Switzerland

Switzerland

Czech Republic

Czech Republic

1
WölfliMarco Wölfli (GK)
1
LaštůvkaJan Laštůvka (GK)
2
LichtsteinerStephan Lichtsteiner
2
VidličkaVlastimil Vidlička
Yellow Card38
Substitution48
3
NefAlain Nef
Goal7
3
PlašilJaroslav Plašil
4
SchweglerRoland Schwegler
4
KoubskýJiří Koubský
Goal41
5
EggimannMario Eggimann (C)
5
BurešJakub Bureš
Yellow Card90+4
6
RochatAlain Rochat
6
HübschmanTomáš Hübschman
7
BarnettaTranquillo Barnetta
7
KobylíkDavid Kobylík
Yellow Card90+3
8
BahThierno Bah
Substitution70
8
PolákJan Polák (C)
9
MuffAndré Muff
Substitution46
9
SvěrkošVáclav Svěrkoš
Goal32
Substitution89
10
StrellerMarco Streller
10
LickaMario Licka
11
GygaxDaniel Gygax
Substitution81
11
KolářMartin Kolář
Substitution76

Substitutes

12
BenaglioDiego Benaglio (GK)
16
LejsalMartin Lejsal (GK)
13
P. DegenPhilipp Degen
Substitution46
13
RezekJan Rezek
Substitution89
15
BaumannPatrick Baumann
Substitution70
14
SlepičkaMiroslav Slepička
Substitution76
Yellow Card80
16
D. DegenDavid Degen
Substitution81
15
SchusterAleš Schuster
Substitution48
14
JaggyKim Jaggy
12
MusilPetr Musil
17
MargairazXavier Margairaz
17
TrojanFilip Trojan
18
ChiumentoDavide Chiumento
18
BestaPavel Besta

Coach

Bernard Challandes (SUI) Werner Licka

Referee

Alexandru Dan Tudor (ROU)

Assistant referees

Marcel Savaniu (ROU), ()

Fourth official

Teodor Crăciunescu (ROU)

Legend:

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