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Hellers' glory leaves Swiss cross

Published: Thursday 11 September 2008, 19.02CET
Coach Guy Hellers warned that his Luxembourg side "could cause another upset or two" after a 2-1 qualifying win in Switzerland which left opposite number Ottmar Hitzfeld to conclude: "We embarrassed ourselves."
by Alois Urban
Hellers' glory leaves Swiss cross
Guy Hellers celebrates victory against Switzerland ©Getty Images

Published: Thursday 11 September 2008, 19.02CET

Hellers' glory leaves Swiss cross

Coach Guy Hellers warned that his Luxembourg side "could cause another upset or two" after a 2-1 qualifying win in Switzerland which left opposite number Ottmar Hitzfeld to conclude: "We embarrassed ourselves."

Coach Guy Hellers warned that his Luxembourg side "could cause another upset or two" after they earned a 2-1 FIFA World Cup qualifying win in Switzerland – a result which left opposite number Ottmar Hitzfeld to conclude: "We embarrassed ourselves."

Long wait
Blaise Nkufo equalised for the hosts in Zurich after Jeff Strasser had opened the scoring for the Grand Duchy, but Switzerland had no response to Alphonse Leweck's 86th-minute strike as Luxembourg earned their first World Cup qualifying victory since they overcame Turkey 2-0 in October 1972. "We saw a team determined to get a good result and who deserved the points for the great fight they put up," Hellers said of the shock Group 2 success. "Unlike the game against Greece [which Luxembourg lost 3-0 on Saturday], we gave nothing away and made no serious defensive mistakes. With similarly focused and disciplined performances, we could cause another upset or two."

All-time low
UEFA EURO 2008™ co-hosts Switzerland were left to reflect on a humiliating defeat in what was former FC Bayern München coach Hitzfeld's second competitive match at the helm. It followed Saturday's 2-2 qualifying draw in Israel. "We embarrassed ourselves against Luxembourg and I will have to work out who is up to the challenge here," said the 59-year-old. The result overshadowed striker Alexander Frei's return from injury. "That was the worst defeat of my career," said Frei, "but I know from personal experience that you can bounce back. There is no point butchering ourselves about it." The Swiss have their first opportunity to put things right when they host Latvia on 11 October.

Last updated: 14/04/12 3.52CET

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