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Switzerland seal win in Latvia

Published: Thursday 5 September 2013, 18.17CET
Latvia 0-2 Switzerland
First-half goals from captain Pajtim Kasami and Darko Jevtic ensured Switzerland opened qualifying Group 5 with victory.
by Evgeny Polyakov
from Sloka stadium
Switzerland seal win in Latvia
Fulham FC's Pajtim Kasami opened the scoring ©Action Images

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Published: Thursday 5 September 2013, 18.17CET

Switzerland seal win in Latvia

Latvia 0-2 Switzerland
First-half goals from captain Pajtim Kasami and Darko Jevtic ensured Switzerland opened qualifying Group 5 with victory.

Switzerland opened their UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualifying campaign with a 2-0 win in Latvia.

The home side had made a good start to Group 5 by beating Liechtenstein 4-0 in June, but on their return to Jurmala were outplayed. Following a quiet start, Switzerland took a 24th-minute lead through Pajtim Kasami and Darko Jevtic added the clincher before the break.

For the opener, Kasami took full advantage from 11 metres out when Latvia goalkeeper Dmitrijs Grigorjevs collided with Jevtic in the box. Jevtic himself scored 12 minutes later, turning the ball in after Grigorjevs could only parry Salim Khelifi's cross-cum-shot from the left.

Beaten in the play-offs for the 2013 finals but runners-up two years before, Switzerland picked up the pace after the break, with Michael Frey having a shot blocked on the line and late on Grigorjevs stopped Oliver Buff's free-kick.

Latvia also pushed and Artūrs Karašausks's long-range effort was tipped away from the top corner by Switzerland goalkeeper Raphael Spiegel, while some late free-kicks by Valerijs Čistjakovs came to nothing.

On Monday, Switzerland make the short trip to Liechtenstein. Latvia return to action against Ukraine on 14 October.

Last updated: 05/06/15 10.09CET

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Lineups

Latvia

Latvia

Switzerland

Switzerland

1
GrigorjevsDmitrijs Grigorjevs (GK)
Yellow Card23
1
SpiegelRaphael Spiegel (GK)
Yellow Card90+1
2
JagodinskisVitālijs Jagodinskis (C)
2
WidmerSilvan Widmer
3
PlendišķisKarlis Plendišķis
3
BenitoLoris Benito
4
BarinovsVitālijs Barinovs
4
Arlind AjetiArlind Ajeti
7
KļuškinsGlebs Kļuškins
Yellow Card79
5
DecarliSaulo Decarli
8
IsajevsVjačeslavs Isajevs
Yellow Card68
Substitution89
6
BuffOliver Buff
Substitution84
9
Jermolajevs Edgars Jermolajevs
Substitution65
7
JevticDarko Jevtic
Goal36
Substitution67
10
KarašausksArtūrs Karašausks
8
KasamiPajtim Kasami (C)
Goal24
11
SavaļnieksRoberts Savaļnieks
Yellow Card27
Substitution78
9
Ben KhalifaNassim Ben Khalifa
13
GiļničsAleksejs Giļničs
10
FreyMichael Frey
Substitution75
14
ČistjakovsValerijs Čistjakovs
11
KhelifiSalim Khelifi

Substitutes

12
VaražinskisRaivo Varažinskis (GK)
12
BrecherYanick Brecher (GK)
5
JokstsEdijs Joksts
14
MartignoniBruno Martignoni
6
ReiIgors Rei
Substitution65
15
DjimsitiBerat Djimsiti
15
ŠadčinsIlja Šadčins
Substitution78
16
FreulerRemo Freuler
18
LoginovsArtjoms Loginovs
17
VelosoMax Veloso
Substitution84
19
UlimbaševsDaniils Ulimbaševs
Substitution89
18
MianiCristian Miani
Substitution67
20
Flaksis Reinis Flaksis
19
TabakovicHaris Tabakovic
Substitution75

Coach

Dainis Kazakevičs (LVA) Pierluigi Tami (SUI)

Referee

Christos Nicolaides (CYP)

Assistant referees

Charalambos Charalambous (CYP), Yiangos Tziapouras (CYP)

Fourth official

Charalambos Skapoullis (CYP)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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