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Holtby inspires Germany to sink Swiss

Published: Tuesday 16 October 2012, 19.45CET
Switzerland 1-3 Germany (agg: 2-4)
Lewis Holtby inspired Rainer Adrion's side to victory in Lucerne, ensuring a return to UEFA European Under-21 Championship finals.
by Martyn Hindley
from Swissporarena
Holtby inspires Germany to sink Swiss
Lewis Holtby is hoisted aloft by Karim Bellarabi after scoring Germany's opener ©Getty Images

Match statistics

SwitzerlandGermany

Goals scored1
 
3
Attempts on target3
 
6
Attempts off target5
 
2
Corners5
 
4
Fouls committed14
 
12
Yellow cards3
 
2
Red Cards0
 
0

Standings

Published: Tuesday 16 October 2012, 19.45CET

Holtby inspires Germany to sink Swiss

Switzerland 1-3 Germany (agg: 2-4)
Lewis Holtby inspired Rainer Adrion's side to victory in Lucerne, ensuring a return to UEFA European Under-21 Championship finals.

Germany will return to the UEFA European Under-21 Championship finals for the first time since lifting the trophy in 2009 after Lewis Holtby's powerful first-half performance laid the platform against 2011 runners-up Switzerland.

With the tie delicately balanced at 1-1 after the first leg in Leverkusen, skipper Holtby seized control of the game in the eighth minute when he curled a free-kick from the Germany right inside Roman Bürki's far post. The FC Schalke 04 midfielder wreaked further havoc 12 minutes later from an almost identical position, his set piece cannoning in off team-mate Lasse Sobiech to silence the Lucerne crowd.

Empowered by their early double, Rainer Adrion's team built on their dominance in midfield, and through Stefan Thesker's wayward close-range header they threatened a third. Perseverance was to reap rewards on the stroke of half-time as Holtby pulled the strings in the centre circle, setting Karim Bellarabi free on the Germany left. The Bayer 04 Leverkusen winger teed up a tap-in for Sebastian Polter to put the tie beyond Switzerland's reach.

Pierluigi Tami's side battled on gamely, but Bernd Leno in the Germany goal was at his athletic best when called upon. He parried Nzuzi Toko's stinging volley to safety and was on hand at the near post to repel substitute Oliver Buff's effort at the end of a tricky run. Eventually, the hosts ensured that Germany's passage to the finals in Israel would not be blemish free, as first-leg scorer Josip Drmic met Buff's pass to slide home a 75th-minute consolation.

Last updated: 09/05/13 11.38CET

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Lineups

Switzerland

Switzerland

Germany

Germany

1
BürkiRoman Bürki (GK) (C)
1
LenoBernd Leno (GK)
2
WidmerSilvan Widmer
2
JantschkeTony Jantschke
Yellow Card16
3
DaprelàFabio Daprelà
Yellow Card76
3
TheskerStefan Thesker
Yellow Card53
4
P. KochPhilippe Koch
4
SobiechLasse Sobiech
Goal20
5
AffolterFrançois Affolter
6
RudySebastian Rudy
6
AbrashiAmir Abrashi
Yellow Card90+3
10
HoltbyLewis Holtby (C)
Goal8
7
KasamiPajtim Kasami
Substitution46
14
PolterSebastian Polter
Goal45
Substitution90
8
WissAlain Wiss
Substitution68
17
JungSebastian Jung
9
DrmicJosip Drmic
Goal75
18
MoritzChristoph Moritz
10
TokoNzuzi Toko
Substitution46
21
BellarabiKarim Bellarabi
Substitution65
11
St. ZuberSteven Zuber
22
BeisterMaximilian Beister
Substitution78

Substitutes

12
MallJoel Mall (GK)
12
BaumannOliver Baumann (GK)
14
AdemiOrhan Ademi
9
VollandKevin Volland
15
DjimsitiBerat Djimsiti
11
MlapaPeniel Mlapa
Substitution78
16
BuffOliver Buff
Substitution46
Yellow Card69
13
LeitnerMoritz Leitner
17
HajrovicIzet Hajrovic
Substitution46
15
EssweinAlexander Esswein
Substitution65
18
SeferovicHaris Seferovic
Substitution68
19
NeumannSebastian Neumann
19
MarchesanoAntonio Marchesano
20
FunkPatrick Funk
Substitution90

Coach

Pierluigi Tami (SUI) Rainer Adrion (GER)

Referee

Matej Jug (SVN)

Assistant referees

Gregor Rojko (SVN), Robert Vukan (SVN)

Fourth official

Dejan Balažić (SVN)

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  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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