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Switzerland see off Ireland for play-off place

Published: Friday 3 September 2010, 22.45CET
Switzerland 1-0 Republic of Ireland
Fabian Frei scored the decisive goal early in the second period in Lugano as the home team secured top spot in Group 2.
Switzerland see off Ireland for play-off place
Switzerland celebrate their victory ©Keystone
Published: Friday 3 September 2010, 22.45CET

Switzerland see off Ireland for play-off place

Switzerland 1-0 Republic of Ireland
Fabian Frei scored the decisive goal early in the second period in Lugano as the home team secured top spot in Group 2.

Switzerland secured first place in UEFA European Under-21 Championship Group 2 as a Fabian Frei goal early in the second period proved enough to defeat the Republic of Ireland.

Pierluigi Tami's team kicked off their final qualifying fixture four points above Turkey – who have two games left to play – knowing a win would book their play-off berth. They found the going tough against Wim Koevermans' Ireland team, but made the decisive breakthrough three minutes into the second period.

Sébastien Wüthrich was the architect of the move, finding Frei with a clever pass and the FC St. Gallen midfielder made no mistake, drilling a low shot into the corner of the net from outside the penalty area. Switzerland therefore go into next Friday's play-off draw and Tami said: "I was nervous for much of the game. The players were more focused in the second half – they are a very young and inexperienced group and did well to gain top spot."

Ireland, who are three points adrift at the bottom of the six-team section, conclude their campaign in Turkey on Tuesday and Koevermans said: "We had a number of good chances early in the game. Some poor defending led to their goal. We tried to play more attacking football after and a point would have been deserved."

Last updated: 27/03/13 4.42CET

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Lineups

Switzerland

Switzerland

Republic of Ireland

Republic of Ireland

1
SommerYann Sommer (GK) (C)
1
HendersonStephen Henderson (GK)
2
BerardiGaetano Berardi
Yellow Card84
2
ColemanSeamus Coleman
3
DaprelàFabio Daprelà
3
GunningGavin Gunning
Yellow Card87
4
P. KochPhilippe Koch
4
KiernanRob Kiernan
5
T. KloseTimm Klose
5
NolanEddie Nolan (C)
Yellow Card62
6
AbrashiAmir Abrashi
Substitution46
6
JudgeAlan Judge
7
WüthrichSébastien Wüthrich
7
HourihaneConor Hourihane
8
KasamiPajtim Kasami
8
C. CliffordConor Clifford
Substitution82
9
Ben KhalifaNassim Ben Khalifa
Substitution72
9
StokesAnthony Stokes
Yellow Card58
Substitution76
10
F. FreiFabian Frei
Goal48
10
TowellRichie Towell
11
St. ZuberSteven Zuber
Substitution82
11
BradyRobert Brady

Substitutes

12
FickentscherKevin Fickentscher (GK)
16
RedmondShane Redmond (GK)
14
R. FeltscherRolf Feltscher
12
MoloneyBrendan Moloney
15
PavlovićDaniel Pavlović
Substitution46
13
OyebanjoOlanrewaju Oyebanjo
16
GrippoSimone Grippo
14
RooneyAdam Rooney
Substitution76
17
XhakaGranit Xhaka
Substitution82
15
CareyGraham Carey
18
SchürpfPascal Schürpf
18
MasonJoseph Mason
Substitution82
19
MustafiOrhan Mustafi
Substitution72

Coach

Pierluigi Tami (SUI) Wim Koevermans (NED)

Referee

Sergei Karasev (RUS)

Assistant referees

Oleg Tselovalnikov (RUS), Sergey Barabash (RUS)

Fourth official

Aleksei Eskov (RUS)

Legend:

  • GoalsGoals
  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed Cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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