Reto Ziegler's late free-kick enabled Switzerland to win Group 5 and end Dutch hopes of a third straight UEFA European Under-21 Championship triumph.
The hosts knew that anything less than a victory would see them fail to reach the play-offs with the Netherlands topping the group – the Jong Orange having started the day three points above their opponents. Foppe de Haan's charges looked on course to progress, especially when Fabrizio Zambrella missed a second-half penalty, until the closing minutes when Ziegler turned the qualification situation on its head.
A crowd of 3,750 saw Switzerland take command from the first whistle and create a couple of good chances, both of which were squandered. The visitors appeared the more technically adept of the teams but could not pick out the final ball under pressure from a passionate home side. At the other end, Frank Feltscher twice went close after being supplied by left-back Ziegler, though the best opening of the first period was spurned just before half-time by Blerim Dzemaili, who had sat out UEFA EURO 2008™ with torn cruciate ligaments.
An even more notable invitation to win the group came and went for the Swiss eleven minutes from time, when Calvin Jong A-Pin held Feltscher in the area but substitute Zambrella failed to hold his nerve. From that moment the match seemed destined for a draw, with the Netherlands heading for the play-offs as group winners, until Ziegler's spectacular set-piece. To cap a disastrous night for the Dutch, they were eliminated from the competition altogether as Denmark beat them to the fourth best runners-up berth on goal difference – both sides having ended the group stage on 16 points.