Play-off for Final Tournament, Second leg - 14/10/2008 - 21:30CET (21:30 local time) - Francisco Artés Carrasco - Lorca (Murcia)
3-1
Aggregate: 4-3 Spain win after extra time 

Spain - Switzerland 3-1 - 14/10/2008 - Match page - Under-21 2009

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Spain's escape act breaks Swiss hearts

Published: Wednesday 15 October 2008, 0.48CET
Spain 3-1 Switzerland (agg: 4-3, aet)
The hosts needed a goal five minutes into injury time to deny the Swiss a place in the finals – before grabbing the victory themselves in extra time.
by Paul Bryan
Spain's escape act breaks Swiss hearts
Xisco's goal got Spain back in the tie ©Getty Images

Match statistics

SpainSwitzerland

Goals scored3
 
1
Attempts on target3
 
1
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners0
 
0
Fouls committed0
 
0
Yellow cards6
 
5
Red Cards0
 
0

Standings

Published: Wednesday 15 October 2008, 0.48CET

Spain's escape act breaks Swiss hearts

Spain 3-1 Switzerland (agg: 4-3, aet)
The hosts needed a goal five minutes into injury time to deny the Swiss a place in the finals – before grabbing the victory themselves in extra time.

Just when it seemed Switzerland would be heading to next summer's UEFA European Under-21 Championship, Spain denied Pierre-André Schürmann's side their place with a tie-levelling goal five minutes into stoppage time which was the prelude to a 3-1 victory after extra time.

Agony and ecstasy
Juan Ramón López Caro's team, trailing 2-1 from Saturday's first leg in Aarau, fell further behind when Shkelzen Gashi gave the visitors a 25th-minute lead on the night. But substitute Francisco Jiménez Tejada 'Xisco' kick-started the Spanish fightback in Lorca soon after the interval, enabling Sisinio 'Sisi' to save his side with a remarkable added-time goal which brought the aggregate scores level at 3-3. Raúl García then sent the hosts to the finals in Sweden eight minutes from the end of extra time.

After you
Switzerland appeared to have done enough when they extended their aggregate lead to 3-1 through Gashi. The No10 stole in to score after home goalkeeper Sergio Asenjo and defensive colleague José Chico left it to the other to deal with a long punt forward by Switzerland keeper Yann Sommer. Only hesitation by Johan Vonlanthen, which allowed César Azpilicueta to make a vital tackle, prevented the Swiss doubling their advantage on the night.

At the death
Spain's equaliser here came after 51 minutes when Xisco's deflected header looped into the net. Salvation duly arrived with what was probably the last kick of the 180 minutes, as Sisi volleyed back with interest an attempted headed clearance by defender Beg Ferati. With penalties looming in extra time, Raúl García slid in to score after two Switzerland defenders had failed to clear the danger from a Juan Mata corner. Even then, however, Spain were indebted to the reflexes of Asenjo who pulled off a decisive stop from Vonlanthen's last-gasp free-kick.

Last updated: 27/03/13 6.22CET

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Lineups

Spain

Spain

Switzerland

Switzerland

1
Sergio AsenjoSergio Asenjo (GK)
1
SommerYann Sommer (GK)
3
Miguel TorresMiguel Torres
Substitution59
2
ThiessonJérôme Thiesson
Yellow Card110 ET
4
PiquéGerard Piqué
11
ZieglerReto Ziegler (C)
5
ChicoChico
Yellow Card112 ET
4
BarmettlerHeinz Barmettler
2
AzpilicuetaCésar Azpilicueta
Yellow Card120 ET
5
FeratiBeg Ferati
6
Raúl GarcíaRaúl García (C)
Yellow Card84
Goal112 ET
6
ZambrellaFabrizio Zambrella
7
SisiSisi
Goal90+5
8
LustenbergerFabian Lustenberger
8
Javi GarcíaJavi García
Yellow Card45
Substitution76
10
GashiShkelzen Gashi
Goal25
Yellow Card76
Substitution84
10
Juan MataJuan Mata
Yellow Card100 ET
3
CrettenandDidier Crettenand
Yellow Card50
9
Bojan KrkićBojan Krkić
7
NikciAdrian Nikci
Substitution76
11
JuradoJosé Manuel Jurado
Substitution46
9
VonlanthenJohan Vonlanthen
Yellow Card83

Substitutes

13
RobertoRoberto (GK)
12
GonzalezDavid Gonzalez (GK)
12
CanellaRoberto Canella
Substitution59
14
F. FeltscherFrank Feltscher
Substitution76
Yellow Card88
14
BusquetsSergio Busquets
Substitution76
Yellow Card87
15
BashaMigjen Basha
Substitution84
Substitution115 ET
15
De las CuevasMiguel de las Cuevas
16
BaumannPatrik Baumann
16
Mario SuárezMario Suárez
17
GlarnerStefan Glarner
17
Jonathan PereiraJonathan Pereira
19
UralMurat Ural
Substitution115 ET
18
XiscoXisco
Substitution46
Goal51
18
R. FeltscherRolf Feltscher

Coach

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

Referee

Cüneyt Çakır (TUR)

Assistant referees

Baki Tuncay Akkin (TUR), Bahattin Duran (TUR)

Fourth official

Tolga Özkalfa (TUR)

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