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Estonia and Switzerland start with stalemate

Published: Thursday 1 September 2011, 20.46CET
Estonia 0-0 Switzerland
The 2011 runners-up had to settle for a share of the spoils after a determined Estonia side held them in the teams' opening game in Group 5.
by Mikhail Malkin
from A. Le Coq Arena
Estonia and Switzerland start with stalemate
Switzerland coach Pierluigi Tami had to settle for a point in his side's first group game ©Getty Images
Published: Thursday 1 September 2011, 20.46CET

Estonia and Switzerland start with stalemate

Estonia 0-0 Switzerland
The 2011 runners-up had to settle for a share of the spoils after a determined Estonia side held them in the teams' opening game in Group 5.

Runners-up this summer, Switzerland had to settle for a goalless draw against Estonia as they started their bid to reach the 2013 finals.

Switzerland had the best of a tight contest but could not find a way through, with the hosts coming more and more into the game as it progressed. Content to defend in the first half, Frank Bernhardt's Estonia showed greater ambition after the break. Nevertheless, the spoils were shared as both teams got their Group 5 campaigns under way.

The visitors dominated possession early on but could not create many clear-cut openings. Pajtim Kasami's 24th-minute free-kick was saved by Marko Meerits, while Rolf Feltscher shot just wide soon after. Estonia's first real attack came ten minutes before half-time, and Meerits had to be on his guard once again to keep out a misdirected header from team-mate Andrei Veis, before the keeper pushed away a Haris Seferović effort.

Estonia continued their brave resistance upon the restart but also started to cause their visitors problems. Captain Henri Anier fired just wide as the game opened up a tad, and Albert Prosa was also proving to be a thorn in the side of Pierluigi Tami's team.

The closing stages belonged to Switzerland, though, and Meerits nearly undid all his good work as the pressure mounted, but Artjom Artjunin was on hand to clear off the line following the keeper's mistake.

Last updated: 09/05/13 11.12CET

http://www.uefa.com/under21/season=2013/matches/round=2000192/match=2006886/postmatch/report/index.html#swiss+denied+estonia

Lineups

Estonia

Estonia

Switzerland

Switzerland

1
MeeritsMarko Meerits (GK)
Yellow Card90+1
1
BürkiRoman Bürki (GK)
2
VeisAndrei Veis
2
R. FeltscherRolf Feltscher
3
PeitreMeelis Peitre
3
DaprelàFabio Daprelà
Yellow Card60
4
ReintamMikk Reintam
4
P. KochPhilippe Koch (C)
5
ArtjuninArtjom Artjunin
5
AffolterFrançois Affolter
6
TennoSiim Tenno
6
WissAlain Wiss
7
PodholjuzinMaksim Podholjuzin
Substitution88
7
SchönbächlerMarco Schönbächler
Substitution85
8
LiivamägiElvis Liivamägi
Yellow Card30
Substitution73
8
BuffOliver Buff
Substitution56
9
Henri AnierHenri Anier (C)
9
SeferovicHaris Seferovic
10
PaponovMaksim Paponov
Yellow Card67
Substitution71
10
KasamiPajtim Kasami
11
ProsaAlbert Prosa
11
WüthrichSébastien Wüthrich
Substitution46

Substitutes

12
ToomMait Toom (GK)
12
SiegristBenjamin Siegrist (GK)
13
JahhimovitšAleksei Jahhimovitš
14
R. KochRaphael Koch
14
TšegodajevMartin Tšegodajev
Substitution73
15
TokoNzuzi Toko
15
TaarAlbert Taar
Substitution71
16
DrmicJosip Drmic
Substitution56
16
SinilaidSander Sinilaid
17
St. ZuberSteven Zuber
Substitution46
17
LaasMikk Laas
Substitution88
18
PrijovicAleksandar Prijovic
Substitution85
18
IndermitteJoel Indermitte
19
KamberJanick Kamber

Coach

Frank Bernhardt (GER) Pierluigi Tami (SUI)

Referee

Anar Salmanov (AZE)

Assistant referees

Vagif Musayev (AZE), Yashar Abbasov (AZE)

Fourth official

Orkhan Mammadov (AZE)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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