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Nightmare start for Cyprus coach

Published: Tuesday 6 September 2005, 21.00CET
Cyprus 1-5 Switzerland: Switzerland were rampant in Limassol as Cyprus coach Andros Kouloumbris endured a baptism of fire.
by John Leonidou
Published: Tuesday 6 September 2005, 21.00CET

Nightmare start for Cyprus coach

Cyprus 1-5 Switzerland: Switzerland were rampant in Limassol as Cyprus coach Andros Kouloumbris endured a baptism of fire.

Switzerland kept up the pressure on Group 4 pace-setters Israel and France with a resounding victory against Cyprus in Limassol.
Nightmare start
New Cyprus coach Andros Kouloumbris's reign could scarcely have got off to a worse start as his side were swept away by the ruthless visitors, and finished with ten men after Georgios Pelagias was sent off.

Pelagias dismissed
Davide Calla gave Switzerland the lead on 20 minutes with a looping header before Blerim Dzemaili made it two seven minutes later, seizing on hesitant Cypriot defending. When Pelagias was shown the red card for a rash tackle, it looked as though the hosts would crumble completely, and Fabrizio Zambrella duly rattled home a third goal before the break, drilling his shot low past goalkeeper Demetris Stylianou.

Swiss ambition
With Switzerland in almost complete control, David Marazzi added another five minutes into the half before David Degen completed the rout on 70 minutes. Antonis Panagi's late penalty restored a sliver of pride, but by that time the Swiss already had their minds on their next game, at home against France on 7 October. If they win that match, they will give themselves a great chance of finishing in the top two and reaching the UEFA European Under-21 Championship play-offs in November.

Last updated: 28/03/13 3.05CET

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Lineups

Cyprus

Cyprus

Switzerland

Switzerland

12
D. StylianouDemetris Stylianou (GK)
1
BenaglioDiego Benaglio (GK)
Yellow Card81
3
SamarasConstandinos Samaras
2
BehramiValon Behrami
5
PelagiaGeorgios Pelagia
Red Card29
3
BühlerArnaud Bühler
9
AlexandrouNektarios Alexandrou (C)
4
Von BergenSteve von Bergen
10
NikolaouMarios Nikolaou
Substitution54
5
RochatAlain Rochat (C)
11
AlekouAlekos Alekou
Substitution64
6
SchweglerPirmin Schwegler
13
CharalampousCharalampos Charalampous
7
CallaDavide Calla
Goal20
16
TsolakidesIakovos Tsolakides
8
DzemailiBlerim Dzemaili
Goal27
Substitution64
17
SolomouAthos Solomou
Yellow Card5
9
D. DegenDavid Degen
Substitution70
Goal70
18
MerkisGeorgos Merkis
Substitution72
10
ZambrellaFabrizio Zambrella
Yellow Card36
Goal41
20
PanayiAntonis Panayi
Goal81
11
ZieglerReto Ziegler
Substitution46

Substitutes

1
AsprogenisNikolas Asprogenis (GK)
12
LeoniJohnny Leoni (GK)
4
ChristouParaskevas Christou
14
MaricMijat Maric
6
PavlouKyriakos Pavlou
Substitution54
15
BaykalKulaksizoglu Baykal
Substitution64
7
EleftheriouGeorge Eleftheriou
18
SchweglerChristian Schwegler
8
GeorgiadesKonstantinos Georgiades
Substitution64
Yellow Card66
17
InlerGökhan Inler
14
L. StylianouLoucas Stylianou
Substitution72
16
ChiumentoDavide Chiumento
Substitution70
15
GeorgiadesGeorgios Georgiades
19
MarazziDavid Marazzi
Substitution46
Goal50

Coach

Antros Kouloumbris (CYP) Bernard Challandes (SUI)

Referee

Daniel Stålhammar (SWE)

Assistant referees

Joakim Flink (SWE), Robert Brodin (SWE)

Fourth official

Hakan Jonasson (SWE)

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  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
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  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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