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Patient Switzerland see off Lithuania

Published: Saturday 15 November 2014, 22.49CET
Switzerland 4-0 Lithuania
Switzerland struck four goals in the last 24 minutes to move level with Slovenia and Lithuania in Group E's second place.
by Ian Holyman
from AFG Arena

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Match statistics

SwitzerlandLithuania

Goals scored4
 
0
Possession (%)69
 
31
Total attempts30
 
6
on target12
 
1
off target13
 
5
blocked5
 
0
against woodwork1
 
0
Corners9
 
2
Offsides3
 
1
Yellow cards2
 
1
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed7
 
15
Fouls suffered15
 
7

Standings

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Published: Saturday 15 November 2014, 22.49CET

Patient Switzerland see off Lithuania

Switzerland 4-0 Lithuania
Switzerland struck four goals in the last 24 minutes to move level with Slovenia and Lithuania in Group E's second place.

Switzerland score four in last 24 minutes to claim joint-second place in Group E
Own goal from otherwise excellent away keeper Giedrius Arlauskis breaks deadlock
Fabian Schär makes it two before Xherdan Shaqiri adds goals on 80 and 90 minutes
Next games: Switzerland v Estonia, England v Lithuania (27 March)

Switzerland's patience was tested to the full before they finally broke through to defeat Lithuania 4-0 and give their UEFA EURO 2016 ambitions a major boost.

With only three points from their opening three Group E qualifiers, the sense of urgency shown by the hosts was understandable. But for Giedrius Arlauskis in the visitors' goal, Switzerland would have soon calmed their nerves. Yet they were left frustrated as the Lithuania No1 twice denied Haris Seferovic – the first stop from a point-blank header was breathtaking – and turned away a Xherdan Shaqiri shot.

Even Arlauskis's heroics would surely have not been enough had Blerim Dzemaili connected with a half-volley just in front of goal, but the unmarked midfielder completely missed his kick. Shaqiri did not early in the second half yet his volley was straight at a grateful Arlauskis.

Seferovic fired just wide and Admir Mehmedi struck a post after going clean through before Arlauskis's luck eventually ran out. Under pressure from substitute Josip Drmić, the Lithuania keeper fumbled an inswinging corner into his own net on 66 minutes. He was beaten again two minutes later when – after all his defenders pushed out except one – Fabian Schär was left all alone to stroke home in comfort.

Dzemaili side-footed wide when a third seemed his for the taking; instead that was left to Shaqiri, who nodded home Drmić's cross, before the FC Bayern München man brilliantly flicked in another centre from the Bayer 04 Leverkusen forward to give the scoreline a gloss the Swiss deserved.

Last updated: 02/06/15 6.43CET

http://www.uefa.com/uefaeuro/season=2016/matches/round=2000446/match=2013904/postmatch/report/index.html#patient+switzerland

Lineups

Switzerland

Switzerland

Lithuania

Lithuania

1
SommerYann Sommer (GK)
1
ArlauskisGiedrius Arlauskis (GK)
Goal66
2
LichtsteinerStephan Lichtsteiner
2
VičiusGediminas Vičius
Substitution82
3
MoubandjeFrançois Moubandje
Yellow Card24
Substitution75
3
FreidgeimasGeorgas Freidgeimas
Yellow Card35
8
InlerGökhan Inler (C)
4
KijanskasTadas Kijanskas (C)
9
SeferovićHaris Seferović
Substitution83
7
ŽulpaArtūras Žulpa
11
BehramiValon Behrami
8
VaitkūnasEgidijus Vaitkūnas
Substitution64
15
DžemailiBlerim Džemaili
9
MatulevičiusDeivydas Matulevičius
18
MehmediAdmir Mehmedi
Substitution63
11
NovikovasArvydas Novikovas
Substitution87
20
DjourouJohan Djourou
15
ChvedukasKarolis Chvedukas
22
SchärFabian Schär
Goal68
22
ČernychFiodor Černych
23
ShaqiriXherdan Shaqiri
Goal80
Goal90
23
AndriuškevičiusVytautas Andriuškevičius

Substitutes

12
HitzMarwin Hitz (GK)
21
ČerniauskasVytautas Černiauskas (GK)
21
BürkiRoman Bürki (GK)
12
ZubasEmilijus Zubas (GK)
5
Von BergenSteve von Bergen
5
SlavickasVaidas Slavickas
6
M. LangMichael Lang
6
D. KazlauskasDonatas Kazlauskas
Substitution87
7
F. FreiFabian Frei
10
KalonasMindaugas Kalonas
10
SchönbächlerMarco Schönbächler
Substitution83
13
MikoliūnasSaulius Mikoliūnas
14
StockerValentin Stocker
14
Tautvydas EliošiusTautvydas Eliošius
Substitution82
16
FernandesGelson Fernandes
Substitution75
16
BeniušisRičardas Beniušis
17
KasamiPajtim Kasami
17
KuklysMantas Kuklys
19
DrmicJosip Drmic
Substitution63
Yellow Card66
18
SirgėdasGratas Sirgėdas
19
StankevičiusSimonas Stankevičius
20
BorovskijValdemar Borovskij
Substitution64

Coach

Vladimir Petković (SUI) Igoris Pankratjevas (LTU)

Referee

Svein Oddvar Moen (NOR)

Assistant referees

Kim Thomas Haglund (NOR), Dag-Roger Nebben (NOR)

Fourth official

Sven Erik Midthjell (NOR)

Additional assistant referees

Ken Henry Johnsen (NOR), Svein-Erik Edvartsen (NOR)

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