Swissporarena - Lucerne 11/09/2012 - 20:30CET (20:30 local time)

Qualifying round - Group E

Switzerland - Albania
2-0
 

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Switzerland come good against Albania

Published: Tuesday 11 September 2012, 22.57CET
Switzerland 2-0 Albania
Xherdan Shaqiri and Gökhan Inler were on target as the hosts made the best of a heavy pitch and substantial visiting support in Group G.
Switzerland come good against Albania
Gökhan Inler roars after scoring his penalty ©Getty Images

Match statistics

Switzerland
Albania

2

Goals scored

0

8

Total attempts

8

5

Attempts on target

3

3

off target

5

0

blocked

0

0

against woodwork

0

3

Corners

3

0

Offsides

0

3

Yellow cards

1

0

Red Cards

0

10

Fouls committed

12

11

Fouls suffered

9

Standings

Last updated: 18/04/2013 20:17 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
SSI Err
Published: Tuesday 11 September 2012, 22.57CET

Switzerland come good against Albania

Switzerland 2-0 Albania
Xherdan Shaqiri and Gökhan Inler were on target as the hosts made the best of a heavy pitch and substantial visiting support in Group G.

Xherdan Shaqiri and Gökhan Inler scored the goals to make it a perfect start for Switzerland in FIFA World Cup Group G, with six points from a possible six.

Albania had a substantial support among the 15,960 crowd in Lucerne, with the visitors showing plenty of strength and tactical nous, as Switzerland struggled to make progress on a very wet surface. However, Granit Xhaka was able to tee up fellow Albanian-speaker Shaqiri for Switzerland's first goal, with the latter brushing past three opponents before finishing with a low shot.

The visitors pressed in response, but while Switzerland gained more room for manoeuvre, they struggled to make much of it. Their goalkeeper Diego Benaglio, though, was not troubled in the first half.

The Swiss sat back a little after the interval, looking to hit their guests on the counter. They duly wrapped up the scoring with their first real attack of the half, with Inler converting from the penalty spot after Armend Dallku brought Valentin Stocker down in the area. Switzerland take on Norway next, on 12 October, when Albania meet Iceland.

Last updated: 08/05/14 8.12CET

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