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Shaqiri on target as Swiss poop Danish party

Published: Saturday 11 June 2011, 23.30CET
Xherdan Shaqiri's goal at the start of the second half got Switzerland off to a flier in UEFA European U21 Championship Group A at the expense of host nation Denmark.
by Patrick Hart
from Aalborg Stadion

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DenmarkSwitzerland

Goals scored0
1
Attempts on target10
 
3
Attempts off target2
 
5
Corners2
 
5
Fouls committed17
 
19
Yellow cards1
 
1
Red Cards0
 
0

Standings

Last updated: 21/03/2013 07:03 CET

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Published: Saturday 11 June 2011, 23.30CET

Shaqiri on target as Swiss poop Danish party

Xherdan Shaqiri's goal at the start of the second half got Switzerland off to a flier in UEFA European U21 Championship Group A at the expense of host nation Denmark.

Switzerland proved the worst kind of guests as a solitary goal from the impressive Xherdan Shaqiri spoilt the opening night of the 2011 UEFA European Under-21 Championship for hosts Denmark.

Shaqiri made the difference with an excellent individual effort after 48 minutes in Aalborg, enabling Switzerland to steal a march on both the home team and an Iceland side beaten by Belarus earlier in the day in Group A.

The talent on parade at these finals was evident from the third minute when three players capped at senior level by Switzerland combined for the first goalscoring chance. Shaqiri received a pass from Admir Mehmedi and promptly lofted a pass through for Innocent Emeghara whose instant shot was tipped over by Denmark goalkeeper Mikkel Andersen.

It was another full international, Denmark's much-touted playmaker Christian Eriksen, who fired the first salvo across the Swiss bow, driving the ball wide after a one-two with lone forward Nicki Bille Nielsen. Switzerland's pocket battleship Shaqiri then let fly from outside the box to raise the stakes in the contest between the No10s.

Eriksen, the 19-year-old from AFC Ajax, made mischief during a left-wing incursion which resulted in an opportunity for Bashkim Kadrii. Immediately at the other end Shaqiri, also 19 and similarly acquainted with European football in the colours of FC Basel 1893, drifted a shot centimetres wide.

The mock-ups of Viking longships that had featured in the tournament's opening ceremony were not only heralding regular raids from the Danes but also from Pierluigi Tami's visitors. Even in the closing moments of the first period, both Shaqiri and then Bille Nielsen, on the break, came close to scoring.

Minutes after the restart Keld Bordinggaard's side were served notice of the full scale of their assignment in what was their first competitive match in two years. Picking up possession 30 metres from goal, Shaqiri advanced inexorably forward; his low centre of gravity pulled him towards the left and into the Denmark area, from where he angled a perfect shot back across Andersen and into the net.

Perhaps the fact Switzerland were already battle-hardened following their qualifying campaign lent them a vital edge in this encounter between two exponents of the 4-2-3-1 formation. Only a last-ditch interception from Daniel Wass prevented Emeghara adding a second.

Yet in front of a 9,678 crowd in northern Jutland, the hosts were never going to lie down. From a long throw, captain Andreas Bjelland had an effort deflected wide off the body of Switzerland goalkeeper Yann Sommer. The latter knew rather more about his next save from Bille Nielsen's header.

So the Danish resistance continued, with Wass's first-time attempt eliciting another stop from Sommer after a Nicolai Boilesen cross. Substitute Henrik Dalsgaard flashed a shot against the keeper's legs during the late siege that followed, before an offside flag denied Bille Nielsen at the death. For Denmark it just wasn't to be.

Last updated: 27/03/13 4.19CET

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Lineups

Denmark

Denmark

Switzerland

Switzerland

16
AndersenMikkel Andersen (GK)
1
SommerYann Sommer (GK) (C)
3
JørgensenMathias Jørgensen
2
P. KochPhilippe Koch
4
BjellandAndreas Bjelland (C)
5
RossiniJonathan Rossini
5
BoilesenNicolai Boilesen
Substitution82
6
LustenbergerFabian Lustenberger
7
WassDaniel Wass
Substitution82
7
EmegharaInnocent Emeghara
8
JensenMike Jensen
9
F. FreiFabian Frei
Substitution70
10
EriksenChristian Eriksen
10
ShaqiriXherdan Shaqiri
Goal48
Substitution90+3
12
M. F. NielsenMads Fenger Nielsen
11
MehmediAdmir Mehmedi
Substitution85
14
N. B. NielsenNicki Bille Nielsen
Yellow Card90+4
14
XhakaGranit Xhaka
18
PovlsenKasper Povlsen
16
AffolterFrançois Affolter
22
KadriiBashkim Kadrii
Substitution57
23
BerardiGaetano Berardi
Yellow Card62

Substitutes

1
LösslJonas Lössl (GK)
12
FickentscherKevin Fickentscher (GK)
23
Højlund Nicklas Højlund (GK)
21
SiegristBenjamin Siegrist (GK)
2
RandrupAnders Randrup
3
DaprelàFabio Daprelà
6
AlbækMads Albæk
4
KasamiPajtim Kasami
Substitution85
9
N. JørgensenNicolai Jørgensen
Substitution57
8
CostanzoMoreno Costanzo
11
AggerNicolaj Agger
13
Ben KhalifaNassim Ben Khalifa
13
L. NielsenLasse Nielsen
15
T. KloseTimm Klose
Substitution90+3
15
JuelsgårdJesper Juelsgård
Substitution82
17
F. FeltscherFrank Feltscher
17
DelaneyThomas Delaney
18
AbrashiAmir Abrashi
19
SørensenFrederik Sørensen
19
GavranovićMario Gavranović
20
Lund-NielsenMatti Lund-Nielsen
20
PavlovićDaniel Pavlović
21
DalsgaardHenrik Dalsgaard
Substitution82
22
HochstrasserXavier Hochstrasser
Substitution70

Coach

Keld Bordinggaard (DEN) Pierluigi Tami (SUI)

Referee

Robert Schörgenhofer (AUT)

Assistant referees

Venâncio Tomé (POR), Vytautas Šimkus (LTU)

Fourth official

Marijo Strahonja (CRO)

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