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Drmic delivers as Switzerland down Croatia

Published: Saturday 2 June 2012, 19.45CET
Croatia 1-2 Switzerland
Josip Drmic scored from close range in added time to ensure the visitors at least a runners-up finish in qualifying Group 5.
Drmic delivers as Switzerland down Croatia
Haris Seferovic opened the scoring for Switzerland ©Sportsfile
Published: Saturday 2 June 2012, 19.45CET

Drmic delivers as Switzerland down Croatia

Croatia 1-2 Switzerland
Josip Drmic scored from close range in added time to ensure the visitors at least a runners-up finish in qualifying Group 5.

Switzerland assured themselves of a runners-up finish at least in qualifying Group 5 thanks to Josip Drmic's dramatic late winner away against Croatia.

Bidding to move beyond the reach of their third-placed hosts, Switzerland deservedly went ahead through Haris Seferovic after 15 minutes. They were forced onto the back foot after the break, though, and Croatia levelled through Dejan Glavica with 17 minutes to go, before Drmic sealed victory from close range in added time.

Croatia captain Ante Vukušić created the first moment of danger in the match when his superb header was saved by Roman Bürki with 11 minutes gone, but shortly afterwards it was Lovre Kalinić who was left to pick the ball out of his net. Seferovic beat the Croatia No1 from ten metres, and Pajtim Kasami then had a fine chance to put Switzerland 2-0 up - only to miss the target.

Vukušić was denied brilliantly by Bürki at the other end as the Swiss held onto their lead at the break, and they again threatened to register when Kerim Frei failed to find the back of the net from close range. It was a miss they looked certain to rue as Glavica equalised from outside the area, but after Domagoj Antolić was dismissed late on for picking up a second yellow card, Drmic made the difference.

The victors now lie five points behind Spain, whom they face in their next outing on 6 September, while Croatia lie another seven points back with two games remaining.

Last updated: 09/05/13 11.13CET

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Lineups

Croatia

Croatia

Switzerland

Switzerland

1
KalinićLovre Kalinić (GK)
1
BürkiRoman Bürki (GK) (C)
2
AntolićDomagoj Antolić
Yellow Card75
Red Card87
2
WidmerSilvan Widmer
3
TičinovićMario Tičinović
Yellow Card54
3
MoubandjeFrançois Moubandje
4
PaurevićIvan Paurević
4
SchärFabian Schär
5
KelićRenato Kelić
5
AffolterFrançois Affolter
6
PavlovićMateo Pavlović
6
BuffOliver Buff
Yellow Card80
Substitution80
7
AbdurahimiBesart Abdurahimi
Substitution61
7
FreiKerim Frei
Substitution69
8
BrozovićMarcelo Brozović
8
TokoNzuzi Toko
9
VukušićAnte Vukušić (C)
9
SeferovicHaris Seferovic
Goal15
Substitution60
10
ŠarićTomislav Šarić
Yellow Card31
Substitution72
10
KasamiPajtim Kasami
18
GlavicaDejan Glavica
Goal73
11
St. ZuberSteven Zuber

Substitutes

12
ČovićIvan Čović (GK)
12
SiegristBenjamin Siegrist (GK)
11
ŠitumMario Šitum
Substitution61
14
R. KochRaphael Koch
13
ŽuparićDario Župarić
15
LangMichael Lang
14
JakolišAntonio Jakoliš
16
WittwerAndreas Wittwer
Substitution69
15
ŠtiglecDino Štiglec
17
MarchesanoAntonio Marchesano
17
BubnjićIgor Bubnjić
18
AbrashiAmir Abrashi
Substitution80
20
MaglicaAnton Maglica
Substitution72
19
DrmicJosip Drmic
Substitution60
Goal90+2

Coach

Ivan Šušak (CRO) Pierluigi Tami (SUI)

Referee

Martin Strömbergsson (SWE)

Assistant referees

Daniel Gustavsson (SWE), Per Brogevik (SWE)

Fourth official

Andreas Ekberg (SWE)

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  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
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  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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