Qualifying round (Group E) - 11/10/2013 - 20:30CET (20:30 local time) - Stadiumi Kombëtar Qemal Stafa - Tirana
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Switzerland seal Brazil spot with Albania win

Published: Friday 11 October 2013, 23.07CET
Albania 1-2 Switzerland
Michael Lang's first international goal set Switzerland up for a victory that clinches progress as Group E winners with a game to spare.
by Steffen Potter
Switzerland seal Brazil spot with Albania win
Switzerland captain Gökhan Inler (centre) hugs goalscorer Michael Lang ©AFP

Match statistics

AlbaniaSwitzerland

Goals scored1
 
2
Total attempts16
 
9
Attempts on target7
 
4
off target6
 
4
against woodwork1
 
1
Corners9
 
4
Offsides1
 
1
Yellow cards2
 
2
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed14
 
16
Fouls suffered16
 
13

Standings

Last updated: 14/10/2013 09:59 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   

Published: Friday 11 October 2013, 23.07CET

Switzerland seal Brazil spot with Albania win

Albania 1-2 Switzerland
Michael Lang's first international goal set Switzerland up for a victory that clinches progress as Group E winners with a game to spare.

Xherdan Shaqiri and Michael Lang, on his competitive debut, scored as Switzerland secured a hard-fought win in Albania and, with it, a ticket to the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

Shaqiri broke the deadlock just after half-time and Lang, whose only previous appearance came in an August friendly against Brazil, gave the visitors breathing space 12 minutes from time. A late Hamdi Salihi penalty halved the arrears but Switzerland held on for a victory that seals top spot in Group E.

Ottmar Hitzfeld's team were soon knocking on the door. Valentin Stocker hit the upright from close range and Granit Xhaka, one of several players in the Swiss squad with Albanian roots, hesitated too long after a nice counterattack. It was after the restart that the match really exploded to life, however.

Switzerland had goalkeeper Diego Benaglio to thank as he repelled a Valdet Rama shot and then, at the other end, Shaqiri fired in off the post. Albania responded well, and though Benaglio was up to the task, the departure of the dangerous Shaqiri with a thigh problem emboldened the hosts. Benaglio had to be at his best to rebuff a Salihi header.

A powerful drive by Ricardo Rodriguez parried by Albania keeper Etrit Berisha brought brief respite for Hitzfeld's side before Odise Roshi rattled the bar and Salihi failed to head the rebound into an empty net. As with the first goal, Switzerland struck immediately after a big reprieve, Lang reacting quickest to meet Gökhan Inler's cross.

Albania did find a way through a minute from time, Salihi converting from the spot after Benaglio had brought down Roshi. Switzerland were not to be denied, however.

Last updated: 14/10/13 0.04CET

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Lineup

Albania

Albania

Switzerland

Switzerland

12Etrit Berisha (GK)1Diego Benaglio (GK)
2Andi Lila5Steve von Bergen
Yellow Card57
5Lorik Cana (C)
Yellow Card49
6Michael Lang
Goal78
7Ansi Agolli8Gökhan Inler (C)
8Ervin Bulku9Haris Seferovic
Substitution90
15Mërgim Mavraj10Granit Xhaka
17Shkelzen Gashi
Yellow Card19
Substitution55
11Valon Behrami
18Hamdi Salihi
Goal89
13Ricardo Rodriguez
19Ergys Kace14Valentin Stocker
Substitution68
20Valdet Rama
Substitution85
22Fabian Schär
Yellow Card81
22Amir Abrashi
Substitution64
23Xherdan Shaqiri
Goal47
Substitution54

Substitutes

1Samir Ujkani (GK)21Yann Sommer (GK)
3Admir Teli2Pajtim Kasami
4Armend Dallku3Reto Ziegler
6Renato Arapi4Philippe Senderos
9Bekim Balaj7Tranquillo Barnetta
10Jürgen Gjasula12Marco Wölfli (GK)
11Jahmir Hyka
Substitution64
15Blerim Dzemaili
Substitution90
13Ermir Lenjani16Gelson Fernandes
Substitution68
14Migjen Basha17Josip Drmic
16Agon Mehmeti
Substitution85
18Admir Mehmedi
Substitution54
21Odise Roshi
Substitution55
19Eren Derdiyok
23Orges Shehi (GK)20Johan Djourou

Coach

Giovanni de Biasi (ITA) Ottmar Hitzfeld (GER)

Referee

Pedro Proença (POR)

Assistant referees

Bertino Miranda (POR), Tiago Trigo (POR)

Fourth official

Duarte Gomes (POR)

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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