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Switzerland and Belarus make it through

Published: Saturday 18 June 2011, 23.30CET
Switzerland strolled into the semi-finals after a 3-0 defeat of a Belarus outfit who joined the Group A winners in the last four thanks to Iceland's victory in the other group game.
by Patrick Hart
from Aarhus Stadion

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SwitzerlandBelarus

Goals scored3
 
0
Attempts on target5
 
2
Attempts off target5
 
6
Corners8
 
3
Fouls committed15
 
17
Yellow cards2
 
5
Red Cards0
1

Standings

Last updated: 20/03/2013 18:47 CET

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Published: Saturday 18 June 2011, 23.30CET

Switzerland and Belarus make it through

Switzerland strolled into the semi-finals after a 3-0 defeat of a Belarus outfit who joined the Group A winners in the last four thanks to Iceland's victory in the other group game.

Switzerland picked up further momentum at the UEFA European Under-21 Championship as Pierluigi Tami's team advanced to the semi-finals on the back of a comfortable 3-0 victory against Belarus. However, as a remarkable coda to the match, Belarus took second place after a three-way tie between them, Iceland and Denmark.

Tami made the decision to recall Admir Mehmedi for tonight's Group A finale and was rewarded with goals at either end of the first half from the forward. Substitute Frank Feltscher added a cheeky third in second-half stoppage time. With Georgi Kondratyev's side unable to conjure an unlikely comeback, the Swiss marched on as group winners while Belarus somehow survived a U21 group stage for the first time after two previous failures and with only three points.

After a day of soaking weather coming in off the Kattegat sea, the rainbow that hung over the Aarhus Stadion at kick-off would herald a happy ending for at least one of these sides. The issue of which of the Group A teams would qualify initially looked less clouded when Mehmedi, restored as Switzerland's lone frontrunner in place of Mario Gavranović, put his sixth-minute penalty in the opposite direction to goalkeeper Aleksandr Gutor's dive.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, Xherdan Shaqiri was the instigator. His cute pass sent Innocent Emeghara racing through – and on a collision course with defender Oleg Veretilo. Shaqiri, of course, had got the Swiss bandwagon rolling with his goal against Denmark; now the fear for Belarus was that he was about to attach the four horsemen of the apocalypse to it.

Switzerland's composure – rather, Emeghara's sense of direction – went awry soon after when, from Fabian Frei's cross, the No7 skipped over Gutor, only to shoot wastefully wide. However, Kondratyev’s team responded spiritedly to the early setback. Switzerland right-back Philippe Koch did well to get his head to several crosses into Yann Sommer's box, before Belarus's own No2, Stanislav Dragun, elicited a save from the keeper. Sommer had another nervous moment when he spilled a Mikhail Sivakov centre.

Frei's dart along the opposition goal line deserved a better finish than Mehmedi's. Granit Xhaka, whose booking rules him out of the semi-final, showed him how but Gutor made the save. Mehmedi obviously took the hint: when centre-back Yegor Filipenko cleared the ball from the edge of his area straight to Xhaka, Mehmedi was ideally placed to receive the pass and stroke a first-time shot in off the post.

Maksim Skavysh, one of three changes to the Belarusian lineup – two of them forced by suspensions to Sergei Politevich and Nikita Bukatkin – fizzed a shot over after the restart. Yet with Sergei Matveychik seeing red after 68 minutes for a second yellow card, the chief hope for Belarus became the scoreline between Iceland and Denmark. And with Iceland beating Denmark 3-1 in Aalborg, the permutations were right for Belarus to progress regardless of Feltscher catching Gutor out at his near post at the death.

Last updated: 27/03/13 4.03CET

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Lineups

Switzerland

Switzerland

Belarus

Belarus

1
SommerYann Sommer (GK) (C)
1
GutorAleksandr Gutor (GK)
2
P. KochPhilippe Koch
2
DragunStanislav Dragun
5
RossiniJonathan Rossini
3
MatveychikSergei Matveychik
Yellow Card41
Red Card68
6
LustenbergerFabian Lustenberger
5
BagaDmitri Baga
7
EmegharaInnocent Emeghara
Substitution65
7
SivakovMikhail Sivakov (C)
9
F. FreiFabian Frei
9
SkavyshMaksim Skavysh
Substitution54
10
ShaqiriXherdan Shaqiri
10
PerepechkoAleksandr Perepechko
Substitution46
11
MehmediAdmir Mehmedi
Goal6
Goal43
Yellow Card83
13
NekhaychikPavel Nekhaychik
Yellow Card29
14
XhakaGranit Xhaka
Yellow Card27
Substitution52
18
Polyakov                      Denis Polyakov
15
T. KloseTimm Klose
20
VeretiloOleg Veretilo
Yellow Card5
23
BerardiGaetano Berardi
Substitution75
21
FilipenkoYegor Filipenko

Substitutes

12
FickentscherKevin Fickentscher (GK)
12
GomelkoArtem Gomelko (GK)
21
SiegristBenjamin Siegrist (GK)
22
GuschenkoDmitri Guschenko (GK)
3
DaprelàFabio Daprelà
Substitution75
6
OstroukhYuri Ostroukh
4
KasamiPajtim Kasami
11
VoronkovAndrei Voronkov
Substitution54
8
CostanzoMoreno Costanzo
14
RyzhkoYuri Ryzhko
13
Ben KhalifaNassim Ben Khalifa
15
RekishDmitri Rekish
16
AffolterFrançois Affolter
16
GordeychukMikhail Gordeychuk
17
F. FeltscherFrank Feltscher
Substitution65
Goal90+3
17
GayduchikVitali Gayduchik
Substitution70
18
AbrashiAmir Abrashi
Substitution52
19
SavostyanovEvgeni Savostyanov
19
GavranovićMario Gavranović
23
KhvaschinskiVladimir Khvaschinski
Substitution46
Yellow Card65
Substitution70
20
PavlovićDaniel Pavlović
22
HochstrasserXavier Hochstrasser

Coach

Pierluigi Tami (SUI) Georgi Kondratiev (BLR)

Referee

Markus Strömbergsson (SWE)

Assistant referees

Vytautas Šimkus (LTU), Christos Akrivos (GRE)

Fourth official

Liran Liany (ISR)

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