Laugardalsvöllur - Reykjavik 16/10/2012 - 20:30CET (18:30 local time)

Qualifying round - Group E

Iceland - Switzerland
0-2
 

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Second-half surge helps Swiss past Iceland

Published: Tuesday 16 October 2012, 23.10CET
Iceland 0-2 Switzerland
Ottmar Hitzfeld's team maintained their unbeaten start to Group E as second-half goals sealed the victory in Reykjavik.
by Stefán Stefánsson
Second-half surge helps Swiss past Iceland
Mario Gavranović wheels away after his goal for Switzerland ©AFP/Getty Images

Match statistics

Iceland
Switzerland

0

Goals scored

2

16

Total attempts

17

7

Attempts on target

3

8

off target

12

0

blocked

0

1

against woodwork

0

7

Corners

4

0

Offsides

4

5

Yellow cards

1

0

Red Cards

0

12

Fouls committed

9

9

Fouls suffered

12

Standings

Last updated: 18/04/2013 19:13 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
SSI Err
Published: Tuesday 16 October 2012, 23.10CET

Second-half surge helps Swiss past Iceland

Iceland 0-2 Switzerland
Ottmar Hitzfeld's team maintained their unbeaten start to Group E as second-half goals sealed the victory in Reykjavik.

Switzerland's undefeated start to their Group E campaign continued in Reykjavik as second-half goals from Tranquillo Barnetta and Mario Gavranović saw them past Iceland.

After being held at home by Norway on Friday, Ottmar Hitzfeld's men made it three wins from four outings to take control of the section, with decisive strikes in the 66th and 79th minutes finally breaking home resistance at the Laugardalsvöllur.

Despite the visitors looking to control possession, the hosts were sprightly in attack and goalkeeper Diego Benaglio needed to be on his toes to keep out efforts from Gylfi Sigurdsson, Alfred Finnbogason and Rúrik Gíslason before the break. The Swiss were not without their own threat yet were wayward with a number of efforts, Johan Djourou and Gökhan Inler both guilty of failing to test Hannes Halldórsson from good positions.

Switzerland turned up the intensity after the restart, and the Icelandic defence finally snapped when Barnetta cut inside from the left and curled an excellent shot into the corner. A brilliant save by Benaglio turned Finnbogason's goal-bound header over the bar to maintain the lead, and the points were secured when Gavranović was on hand at the back post to turn in after good work from captain Inler.

The result means Norway and Albania jump above Iceland into second and third places behind the pace-setting Swiss. Lars Lagerbäck's side face Slovenia next on 22 March, the day before Switzerland hope to prolong their excellent start away to bottom-of-the-table Cyprus.

Last updated: 08/05/14 7.06CET

Related information

Player profiles
Team profiles

http://www.uefa.com/worldcup/season=2014/matches/round=2000294/match=2008648/postmatch/report/index.html#swiss+sink+iceland

Lineups

Iceland

Iceland

Switzerland

Switzerland

12Hannes Halldórsson (GK)1Diego Benaglio (GK)
Yellow Card81
4Eggert Jónsson
Yellow Card20
Substitution81
2Stephan Lichtsteiner
6Grétar Steinsson (C)
Yellow Card64
5Steve von Bergen
8Birkir Bjarnason7Tranquillo Barnetta
Goal66
Substitution90+1
10Gylfi Sigurdsson8Gökhan Inler (C)
11Rúrik Gíslason
Yellow Card31
Substitution70
10Granit Xhaka
14Kári Árnason
Yellow Card82
11Valon Behrami
16Ragnar Sigurdsson13Ricardo Rodriguez
19Alfred Finnbogason17Mario Gavranović
Goal79
Substitution83
21Emil Hallfredsson
Yellow Card85
20Johan Djourou
23Ari Skúlason23Xherdan Shaqiri
Substitution80

Substitutes

1Gunnleifur Gunnleifsson (GK)21Yann Sommer (GK)
22Haraldur Björnsson (GK)12Marco Wölfli (GK)
2Birkir Sævarsson3Reto Ziegler
3Hólmar Eyjólfsson4Jonathan Rossini
7Johann Gudmundsson
Substitution70
6Marco Mathys
13Bjarni Eiríksson14Valentin Stocker
15Rúnar Már Sigurjónsson15Blerim Dzemaili
Substitution80
18Gudjon Baldvinsson
Substitution81
16Gelson Fernandes
20Pálmi Pálmason18Admir Mehmedi
Substitution83
19Nassim Ben Khalifa
22Timm Klose
Substitution90+1

Coach

Lars Lagerbäck (SWE) Ottmar Hitzfeld (GER)

Referee

Alan Kelly (IRL)

Assistant referees

Damien MacGraith (IRL), Marc Douglas (IRL)

Fourth official

Padraig Sutton (IRL)

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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