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Swiss strike late to eliminate Dutch

Published: Wednesday 10 September 2008, 0.55CET
Switzerland 1-0 Netherlands
Reto Ziegler's late free-kick enabled Switzerland to win Group 5 and end Dutch hopes of a third straight UEFA European U21 Championship triumph.
by Daniel Schaub
from Schaffhausen
Swiss strike late to eliminate Dutch
Reto Ziegler's free-kick eliminated the Jong Oranje ©Getty Images
Published: Wednesday 10 September 2008, 0.55CET

Swiss strike late to eliminate Dutch

Switzerland 1-0 Netherlands
Reto Ziegler's late free-kick enabled Switzerland to win Group 5 and end Dutch hopes of a third straight UEFA European U21 Championship triumph.

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.

Victory essential
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.

Feltscher chances
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.

Zambrella woe
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.

Last updated: 27/03/13 6.28CET

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Lineups

Switzerland

Switzerland

Netherlands

Netherlands

1
SommerYann Sommer (GK)
1
VermeerKenneth Vermeer (GK)
2
VoserKay Voser
2
ZuiverloonGianni Zuiverloon (C)
Substitution22
3
CrettenandDidier Crettenand
Substitution75
3
Van der WielGregory van der Wiel
4
BarmettlerHeinz Barmettler
Yellow Card22
4
Jong-A-PinCalvin Jong-A-Pin
Yellow Card79
5
FeratiBeg Ferati
5
PietersErik Pieters
6
DzemailiBlerim Dzemaili
6
BramaWout Brama
Yellow Card34
7
F. FeltscherFrank Feltscher
Substitution90+2
7
De GuzmánJonathan De Guzmán
8
LustenbergerFabian Lustenberger
8
EmanuelsonUrby Emanuelson
Yellow Card89
9
UralMurat Ural
Yellow Card64
Substitution70
11
LensJeremain Lens
Substitution87
10
SchweglerPirmin Schwegler
Yellow Card90+3
10
S. De JongSiem de Jong
11
ZieglerReto Ziegler (C)
Goal86
9
AmrabatNordin Amrabat
Substitution81

Substitutes

12
GonzalezDavid Gonzalez (GK)
16
KrulTim Krul (GK)
14
ThiessonJérôme Thiesson
12
HiariejTom Hiariej
Substitution22
15
BaumannPatrik Baumann
Substitution90+2
14
LuijckxKees Luijckx
16
LustenbergerClaudio Lustenberger
15
JanssenWillem Janssen
Substitution87
17
NikciAdrian Nikci
Substitution70
17
NijlandStefan Nijland
Substitution81
19
CostanzoMoreno Costanzo
18
EmnesMarvin Emnes
20
ZambrellaFabrizio Zambrella
Substitution75
13
Henrico DrostHenrico Drost

Coach

Pierre-André Schürmann (SUI) Foppe de Haan (NED)

Referee

Markus Strömbergsson (SWE)

Assistant referees

Mathias Klasenius (SWE), Peter Martinsson (SWE)

Fourth official

Tobias Mattsson (SWE)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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