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Switzerland stroll against Estonia

Published: Friday 27 March 2015, 22.39CET
Switzerland 3-0 Estonia
Fabian Schär and Granit Xhaka put Switzerland in control before Haris Seferovic make sure of the points in Lucerne.
by Ian Holyman
from Swissporarena

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Match statistics

SwitzerlandEstonia

Goals scored3
 
0
Possession (%)63
 
37
Total attempts13
 
9
on target6
 
0
off target7
 
6
blocked0
3
against woodwork0
 
0
Corners2
 
1
Offsides6
 
1
Yellow cards2
 
2
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed9
 
12
Fouls suffered12
 
9

Standings

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Published: Friday 27 March 2015, 22.39CET

Switzerland stroll against Estonia

Switzerland 3-0 Estonia
Fabian Schär and Granit Xhaka put Switzerland in control before Haris Seferovic make sure of the points in Lucerne.

Switzerland remain level with Slovenia, six points behind England in Group E, after win
Fabian Schär heads the opener and Granit Xhaka makes it 2-0 at the interval
Haris Seferovic gets the third as Estonia lose ground in fifth place
Next games: Lithuania v Switzerland, Estonia v San Marino (14 June)

Switzerland defeated Estonia to register their third successive Group E triumph and remain on course for UEFA EURO 2016.

They might have started their qualifying campaign slowly, losing both their opening games, but Vladmir Petkovic's men have picked up momentum since, and they maintained that in Lucerne. A quickly taken corner sent over by Xherdan Shaqiri found the head of Fabian Schär, who glanced the ball into the far corner to open the scoring just 17 minutes in.

Granit Xhaka then drilled in a second from outside the box ten minutes later, and Shaqiri almost added a third inside half-an-hour, robbing the Estonia defence only to bend his shot wide of the far post. Their dominance established, Switzerland relaxed, though Konstantin Vassiljev forced them to sit up and take notice after the break with a vicious drive that flashed narrowly wide.

With their guests grouped behind the ball, Switzerland struggled to break Estonia down. Shaqiri fired straight at Sergei Pareiko, who was only marginally busier than Yann Sommer at the opposite end of the pitch, and Haris Seferovic then did the same.

Seferovic did find the net shortly afterwards, but the offside flag cut short the celebrations, which were dampened still further by the injury-enforced exit of Stephan Lichtsteiner. The home fans did rise to their feet once again soon after – and this time stayed on them – when Seferovic smashed the ball in from close range after Shaqiri had squeezed it into his path to give the scoreline a deserved gloss.

Last updated: 02/06/15 3.20CET

http://www.uefa.com/uefaeuro/season=2016/matches/round=2000446/match=2013923/postmatch/report/index.html#switzerland+strengthen

Lineups

Switzerland

Switzerland

Estonia

Estonia

1
SommerYann Sommer (GK)
1
PareikoSergei Pareiko (GK)
2
LichtsteinerStephan Lichtsteiner
Substitution78
6
DmitrijevAleksandr Dmitrijev
Yellow Card51
Substitution63
8
InlerGökhan Inler (C)
8
Henri AnierHenri Anier
Substitution56
9
SeferovićHaris Seferović
Goal80
10
ZenjovSergei Zenjov
Yellow Card44
Substitution87
10
XhakaGranit Xhaka
Goal27
Yellow Card56
Substitution87
14
VassiljevKonstantin Vassiljev
11
BehramiValon Behrami
15
KlavanRagnar Klavan (C)
13
RodríguezRicardo Rodríguez
16
AntonovIlja Antonov
19
DrmicJosip Drmic
Substitution62
17
JäägerEnar Jääger
20
DjourouJohan Djourou
18
MetsKarol Mets
22
SchärFabian Schär
Goal17
19
KallasteKen Kallaste
23
ShaqiriXherdan Shaqiri
23
TenisteTaijo Teniste

Substitutes

12
HitzMarwin Hitz (GK)
12
AksaluMihkel Aksalu (GK)
21
BürkiRoman Bürki (GK)
22
MeeritsMarko Meerits (GK)
3
MoubandjeFrançois Moubandje
2
LindpereJoel Lindpere
4
LustenbergerFabian Lustenberger
3
PikkArtur Pikk
5
Von BergenSteve von Bergen
4
MorozovIgor Morozov
6
WidmerSilvan Widmer
Substitution78
5
KruglovDmitri Kruglov
Substitution63
7
F. FreiFabian Frei
Substitution87
Yellow Card90+2
7
AllikuRauno Alliku
Substitution87
14
StockerValentin Stocker
Substitution62
9
PurjeAts Purje
15
DžemailiBlerim Džemaili
11
OjamaaHenrik Ojamaa
Substitution56
16
FernandesGelson Fernandes
13
RaudseppAndreas Raudsepp
17
KasamiPajtim Kasami
20
KamsGert Kams
18
MehmediAdmir Mehmedi
21
ArtjuninArtjom Artjunin

Coach

Vladimir Petković (SUI) Magnus Pehrsson (SWE)

Referee

Danny Makkelie (NED)

Assistant referees

Mario Diks (NED), Hessel Steegstra (NED)

Fourth official

Charles Schaap (NED)

Additional assistant referees

Kevin Blom (NED), Kamphuis Jochem (NED)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution