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Swiss surge continues with defeat of Iceland

Published: Tuesday 14 June 2011, 20.55CET
Pierluigi Tami's Switzerland have consolidated pole position in Group A after seeing off Iceland courtesy of unanswered strikes from Fabian Frei and Innocent Emeghara.
by Patrick Hart
from Aalborg Stadiion

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Goals scored2
 
0
Attempts on target7
 
1
Attempts off target7
 
6
Corners5
 
1
Fouls committed26
 
21
Yellow cards2
 
3
Red Cards0
 
0

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Last updated: 21/03/2013 01:07 CET

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Published: Tuesday 14 June 2011, 20.55CET

Swiss surge continues with defeat of Iceland

Pierluigi Tami's Switzerland have consolidated pole position in Group A after seeing off Iceland courtesy of unanswered strikes from Fabian Frei and Innocent Emeghara.

Switzerland made it two wins out of two and cemented their place at the top of Group A after a 2-0 success against Iceland at the Aalborg Stadium.

For all the cultural connections between the Icelanders and the Danes, it was the Swiss who looked perfectly at home here in Jutland from the moment Fabian Frei gave them an instant lead which Innocent Emeghara doubled after 40 minutes.

In fact the opener arrived as early as 58 seconds when Frei pulled right and with only goalkeeper Haraldur Björnsson for company, wasted no time in ruffling the back of the net. While Frei's right boot delivered the strike, its original source was the through pass from Xherdan Shaqiri which caught Iceland cold on a windy afternoon in Aalborg.

Björnsson dealt better with a near identical situation when he palmed away a Shaqiri shot. The Switzerland No10's reputation, rocketing on the back of his match-winning performance against Denmark, was fast approaching another orbit at this UEFA European Under-21 Championship. Emeghara was also offering compelling evidence that the victory for Pierluigi Tami's team over the hosts had been no fluke.

At the other end, Iceland's top-billing player Gylfi Sigurdsson fired a reminder, from 25 metres, that here was a side that had scored 33 goals in ten qualifiers. Yet the more Emeghara, Shaqiri, Frei and, from deep, the powerful Granit Xhaka, pushed on in support of Mario Gavranović, the weaker Iceland's case for survival in the group seemed to be.

Thankfully for Eyjólfur Sverrisson's men, Björnsson got a strong hand to Gavranović's poked effort. Yet soon after, the goalkeeper could only send Emeghara's shot looping into the net off his foot as the lively attacker accepted Frei's inviting forward pass in a move instigated by Shaqiri.

If the half-time musical offering of Europe's Final Countdown was going to herald something other than a still point-less Iceland's imminent elimination, they needed much more than the fleeting threat of half-chances for Bjarni Vidarsson and Rúrik Gíslason. Forward Kolbeinn Sigthórsson nearly provided it when Sigurdsson's right-wing cross was deflected onto him by Jonathan Rossini, but his goal-bound attempt was kicked off the line by the back-tracking Frei. Gíslason later had a close-range finish ruled out for offside.

The complexion of the game had changed considerably, and it was from a rare Swiss raid that Emeghara warmed the hands of Björnsson. In contrast, Björn Bergmann Sigurdarson had a decent late sight of goal as the blue shirts continued to press forward, so if Iceland were blowing in the wind at the final whistle, it was likely a fatigue born out of disappointment rather than tired legs.

Last updated: 27/03/13 4.17CET

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Lineups

Switzerland

Switzerland

Iceland

Iceland

1
SommerYann Sommer (GK) (C)
1
BjörnssonHaraldur Björnsson (GK)
2
P. KochPhilippe Koch
3
Eyjólfsson Hólmar Eyjólfsson
Yellow Card90+3
5
RossiniJonathan Rossini
4
JónssonEggert Jónsson
6
LustenbergerFabian Lustenberger
5
ValgardssonHjörtur Valgardsson
7
EmegharaInnocent Emeghara
Goal40
8
VidarssonBjarni Vidarsson (C)
Yellow Card12
Substitution60
9
F. FreiFabian Frei
Goal1
Substitution66
9
GíslasonRúrik Gíslason
10
ShaqiriXherdan Shaqiri
10
G. SigurdssonGylfi Sigurdsson
Yellow Card44
14
XhakaGranit Xhaka
Yellow Card38
Substitution68
16
KristjánssonGudmundur Kristjánsson
15
T. KloseTimm Klose
19
SigthórssonKolbeinn Sigthórsson
19
GavranovićMario Gavranović
Substitution84
21
FinnbogasonAlfred Finnbogason
Substitution46
23
BerardiGaetano Berardi
23
FjólusonJón Gudni Fjóluson

Substitutes

12
FickentscherKevin Fickentscher (GK)
12
O. PéturssonÓskar Pétursson (GK)
21
SiegristBenjamin Siegrist (GK)
20
PéturssonArnar Pétursson (GK)
3
DaprelàFabio Daprelà
2
FridgeirssonSkúli Jón Fridgeirsson
4
KasamiPajtim Kasami
6
BjarnasonBirkir Bjarnason
Substitution60
8
CostanzoMoreno Costanzo
Substitution66
7
GudmundssonJóhann Gudmundsson
11
MehmediAdmir Mehmedi
11
SmárasonArnór Smárason
13
Ben KhalifaNassim Ben Khalifa
Substitution84
Yellow Card89
13
HelgasonElfar Freyr Helgason
16
AffolterFrançois Affolter
14
ValdimarssonThórarinn Valdimarsson
17
F. FeltscherFrank Feltscher
15
OrmarssonAlmarr Ormarsson
18
AbrashiAmir Abrashi
Substitution68
18
JóhannessonAndrés Már Jóhannesson
20
PavlovićDaniel Pavlović
22
SigurdarssonBjörn Sigurdarsson
Substitution46
22
HochstrasserXavier Hochstrasser

Coach

Pierluigi Tami (SUI) Eyjólfur Sverrisson (ISL)

Referee

Marijo Strahonja (CRO)

Assistant referees

Marcin Borkowski (POL), Damien MacGraith (IRL)

Fourth official

Markus Strömbergsson (SWE)

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