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Drmic intervention saves ten-man Switzerland

Published: Friday 12 October 2012, 20.00CET
Germany 1-1 Switzerland
Josip Drmic headed a late equaliser to secure a vital draw for Pierluigi Tami's side, who were reduced to ten men when Fabian Schär was dismissed.
Drmic intervention saves ten-man Switzerland
Germany's Peniel Mlapa attempts to make inroads against Switzerland ©Getty Images

Match statistics

GermanySwitzerland

Goals scored1
 
1
Attempts on target5
 
6
Attempts off target9
 
4
Corners9
 
5
Fouls committed7
 
19
Yellow cards2
 
3
Red Cards0
1

Standings

Published: Friday 12 October 2012, 20.00CET

Drmic intervention saves ten-man Switzerland

Germany 1-1 Switzerland
Josip Drmic headed a late equaliser to secure a vital draw for Pierluigi Tami's side, who were reduced to ten men when Fabian Schär was dismissed.

A late header from Josip Drmic rescued a draw for ten-man Switzerland in Leverkusen to set up an intriguing second leg of their UEFA European Under-21 Championship play-off against Germany.

The 2011 runners-up looked to be heading for defeat when Fabian Schär's foul on Sebastian Polter allowed Sebastian Rudy to score from the spot with eight minutes remaining. However, substitute Drmic rose above Jan Tilman Kirchhoff with the clock showing 87 minutes, to register a crucial away goal.

After scoring 39 goals in ten Group 1 games, it came as no surprise when 2009 winners Germany settled swiftly into their attacking stride. Only the finest of touches from Schär prevented Peniel Mlapa heading in after four minutes. The FC Basel 1893 defender denied Germany again moments later as a last-ditch tackle halted Alexander Esswein when sent clear. Esswein volleyed just wide from an angle, and defender Lasse Sobiech headed over as Rainer Adrion's side piled on the pressure.

Roman Bürki needed to be on top form to deny Mlapa with two excellent sharp saves after the interval. However, Swiss defiance was finally broken when Polter streaked into the box, and Schär brought him down. Rudy's penalty appeared to have won it, but against all expectations Pajtim Kasami's right-wing cross was headed past Bernd Leno at the back post to earn a vital draw ahead of Tuesday's return fixture in Lucerne.

Last updated: 09/05/13 11.37CET

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Lineups

Germany

Germany

Switzerland

Switzerland

1
LenoBernd Leno (GK)
1
BürkiRoman Bürki (GK) (C)
2
JantschkeTony Jantschke
2
WidmerSilvan Widmer
4
SobiechLasse Sobiech
3
DaprelàFabio Daprelà
5
KirchhoffJan Tilman Kirchhoff
Yellow Card58
4
SchärFabian Schär
Red Card81
6
RudySebastian Rudy
Goal82
5
AffolterFrançois Affolter
10
HoltbyLewis Holtby (C)
6
AbrashiAmir Abrashi
11
MlapaPeniel Mlapa
Substitution73
7
KasamiPajtim Kasami
Yellow Card49
13
LeitnerMoritz Leitner
Substitution80
8
WissAlain Wiss
Yellow Card74
Substitution75
15
EssweinAlexander Esswein
Yellow Card31
Substitution46
9
SeferovicHaris Seferovic
Substitution72
17
JungSebastian Jung
10
TokoNzuzi Toko
Yellow Card32
Substitution84
22
BeisterMaximilian Beister
11
St. ZuberSteven Zuber

Substitutes

23
TrappKevin Trapp (GK)
12
MallJoel Mall (GK)
3
TheskerStefan Thesker
14
P. KochPhilippe Koch
Substitution84
9
VollandKevin Volland
Substitution80
15
DjimsitiBerat Djimsiti
14
PolterSebastian Polter
Substitution73
16
BuffOliver Buff
Substitution75
18
MoritzChristoph Moritz
17
HajrovicIzet Hajrovic
20
FunkPatrick Funk
18
DrmicJosip Drmic
Substitution72
Goal87
21
BellarabiKarim Bellarabi
Substitution46
19
AdemiOrhan Ademi

Coach

Rainer Adrion (GER) Pierluigi Tami (SUI)

Referee

Antonio Mateu Lahoz (ESP)

Assistant referees

Pau Cebrian Devis (ESP), Jon Nunez Fernandez (ESP)

Fourth official

Carlos Del Cerro (ESP)

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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