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Zuber treble eases Switzerland beyond Georgia

Published: Thursday 10 November 2011, 21.45CET
Switzerland 5-0 Georgia
The home side completed the double over Georgia in Group 5 thanks in part to a brilliant hat-trick from forward Steven Zuber.
by Ben Gladwell
from Cornaredo Stadium
Zuber treble eases Switzerland beyond Georgia
Steven Zuber celebrates one of his three goals against Georgia ©Keystone
Published: Thursday 10 November 2011, 21.45CET

Zuber treble eases Switzerland beyond Georgia

Switzerland 5-0 Georgia
The home side completed the double over Georgia in Group 5 thanks in part to a brilliant hat-trick from forward Steven Zuber.

A first-half hat-trick from Steven Zuber inspired Switzerland to a stylish win against Georgia in UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualifying Group 5.

Georgia simply could not handle the Grasshopper-Club forward, while keeping him at what seemed a safe distance from goal proved equally futile, as he demonstrated with two stunning strikes from outside the penalty area. Nassim Ben Khalifa was also on target for the 2011 runners-up before the break, with Raphael Koch rounding off the scoring just after the hour.

Zuber's first goal, in the eighth minute, was unspectacular in comparison to his later efforts, the 20-year-old keeping his composure to slide the ball past goalkeeper Giorgi Makaridze after Haris Seferovic's pass had bisected the Georgia defence. He was then involved in setting up the second for Ben Khalifa, who profited from Zuber's quick thinking from a short corner to thread the ball thorough Makaridze's legs.

Zuber then began his masterclass with an unstoppable dipping volley, before Seferovic, not wanting to be outdone by his team-mate, unleashed a 25-metre effort which cannoned back off the crossbar. Zuber completed his treble with the pick of the bunch three minutes before half-time, tricking his way past Ivane Kandelaki on the left before wrapping his right foot around the ball to curl a cross-cum-shot into the far corner of Makaridze's goal.

Seferovic missed two one-on-one chances early in the second half but turned provider for Koch to head in the fifth after 64th minutes. Switzerland face Spain, who they lost to in this summer's final in Denmark, on Monday in a top-of-the-table encounter. Georgia, whose next qualifier is in June, are third, seven points behind today's hosts.

Last updated: 09/05/13 11.12CET

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Lineups

Switzerland

Switzerland

Georgia

Georgia

1
BürkiRoman Bürki (GK)
1
MakaridzeGiorgi Makaridze (GK) (C)
2
T. XhakaTaulant Xhaka
Substitution80
3
KverkveliaSolomon Kverkvelia
3
DaprelàFabio Daprelà
Substitution61
4
TarkhnishviliTornike Tarkhnishvili
4
R. KochRaphael Koch
Goal64
5
KobakhidzeMamuka Kobakhidze
Yellow Card90+1
5
P. KochPhilippe Koch (C)
6
IoselianiGivi Ioseliani
6
BashaVullnet Basha
7
DzalamidzeNika Dzalamidze
7
Ben KhalifaNassim Ben Khalifa
Goal13
Substitution68
9
ShekiladzeIrakli Shekiladze
Substitution56
8
TokoNzuzi Toko
10
OkriashviliTornike Okriashvili
9
SeferovicHaris Seferovic
11
JigauriJambul Jigauri
Substitution80
10
KasamiPajtim Kasami
Yellow Card89
13
KandelakiIvane Kandelaki
Substitution46
11
St. ZuberSteven Zuber
Goal8
Goal33
Goal42
16
KvekveskiriNika Kvekveskiri

Substitutes

12
SiegristBenjamin Siegrist (GK)
12
SheroziaJoni Sherozia (GK)
14
MoubandjeFrançois Moubandje
Substitution61
2
KalandadzeLasha Kalandadze
15
KamberJanick Kamber
8
BeglarishviliZakaria Beglarishvili
16
WissAlain Wiss
Substitution80
14
SabanadzeNikolozi Sabanadze
Substitution56
17
BuffOliver Buff
15
ApakidzeNikoloz Apakidze
Substitution46
18
DrmicJosip Drmic
17
Sikharulia Zviad Sikharulia
Substitution80
19
WüthrichSébastien Wüthrich
Substitution68
18
GuguchiaLuka Guguchia

Coach

Pierluigi Tami (SUI) Soso Chedia (GEO)

Referee

Sergei Tsinkevich (BLR)

Assistant referees

Vitali Malyutin (BLR), Stanislav Savitski (BLR)

Fourth official

Valeri Velichko (BLR)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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