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Spain stunned by Switzerland comeback

Published: Saturday 11 October 2008, 23.10CET
Switzerland 2-1 Spain
Having knocked out the holders in the group stage, Switzerland are hopeful of more giant-killing in the play-offs after an impressive 2-1 victory.
by Steffen Potter
Spain stunned by Switzerland comeback
Johan Vonlanthen struck Switzerland's equaliser ©Getty Images

Match statistics

SwitzerlandSpain

Goals scored2
 
1
Attempts on target2
 
1
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners0
 
0
Fouls committed0
 
0
Yellow cards4
 
2
Red Cards0
 
0

Standings

Published: Saturday 11 October 2008, 23.10CET

Spain stunned by Switzerland comeback

Switzerland 2-1 Spain
Having knocked out the holders in the group stage, Switzerland are hopeful of more giant-killing in the play-offs after an impressive 2-1 victory.

Having knocked out holders the Netherlands in the group stage, Switzerland are hopeful of more giant-killing against Spain in the play-offs following an impressive 2-1 victory in the first leg at the Brügglifeld.

Remarkable comeback
Spain came into the match boasting the only perfect record in qualifying for the 2009 UEFA European Under-21 Championship after winning Group 4 at a canter, and they looked like making it nine victories in succession in Aarau. Yet Switzerland rose brilliantly to the challenge after falling behind to Sergi Busquets' 18th-minute opener as goals from Johan Vonlanthen and Adrian Nikci set up a mouthwatering second leg in Spain on Tuesday.

Vonlanthen class
The home side went into the game boasting the likes of senior national-team players Fabian Lustenberger and Vonlanthen, even if Blerim Dzemaili was ruled out through injury, but were forced to do it the hard way when Busquets put the visitors ahead. Cheered on by a partisan crowd of 2,500, the hosts retained their composure and were quickly on the hunt for an equaliser. The search lasted nine minutes, Vonlanthen firing home following good work from Fabrizio Zambrella.

Swiss determination
A share of the spoils would have been more than any other side have taken from Spain in this campaign, but the Swiss wanted more. Six minutes after the interval they got exactly that, as Nikci rose to head in Didier Crettenand's free-kick and leave Spain in uncharted territory. And there, after their desperate hunt for an equaliser was repelled by fierce Swiss defending, Juan Ramon Lopez Caro's team remain.

Last updated: 27/03/13 6.23CET

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Lineups

Switzerland

Switzerland

Spain

Spain

1
SommerYann Sommer (GK)
1
Sergio AsenjoSergio Asenjo (GK)
2
ThiessonJérôme Thiesson
2
Miguel TorresMiguel Torres
Yellow Card15
11
ZieglerReto Ziegler (C)
Yellow Card12
3
CanellaRoberto Canella
4
BarmettlerHeinz Barmettler
4
PiquéGerard Piqué
5
FeratiBeg Ferati
5
Javi GarcíaJavi García
10
SchweglerPirmin Schwegler
Yellow Card71
6
Raúl GarcíaRaúl García (C)
3
CrettenandDidier Crettenand
7
SisiSisi
8
LustenbergerFabian Lustenberger
Yellow Card29
Substitution63
8
BusquetsSergio Busquets
Goal18
Yellow Card53
Substitution67
6
ZambrellaFabrizio Zambrella
Yellow Card33
9
Bojan KrkićBojan Krkić
7
NikciAdrian Nikci
Goal51
Substitution90+1
10
JuradoJosé Manuel Jurado
Substitution72
9
VonlanthenJohan Vonlanthen
Goal27
Substitution89
11
Juan MataJuan Mata

Substitutes

12
GonzalezDavid Gonzalez (GK)
13
RobertoRoberto (GK)
14
StockerValentin Stocker
Substitution63
18
XiscoXisco
Substitution72
15
GlarnerStefan Glarner
14
AzpilicuetaCésar Azpilicueta
16
BaumannPatrik Baumann
15
De las CuevasMiguel de las Cuevas
17
UralMurat Ural
Substitution89
16
Mario SuárezMario Suárez
Substitution67
18
F. FeltscherFrank Feltscher
Substitution90+1
17
Jonathan PereiraJonathan Pereira
20
CabralCabral
12
ChicoChico

Coach

Pierre-André Schürmann (SUI) Juan Ramon Lopez Caro (ESP)

Referee

Serge Gumienny (BEL)

Assistant referees

Walter Vromans (BEL), Mark Simons (BEL)

Fourth official

Claude Bourdouxhe (BEL)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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