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Draw enough for hosts and Italy

Published: Wednesday 22 May 2002, 23.57CET
Switzerland and Italy both advanced to the UEFA European Under-21 Championship semi-finals despite playing out a 0-0 draw in Basel.

Match statistics

SwitzerlandItaly

Goals scored0
 
0
Attempts on target3
 
4
Attempts off target4
 
2
Corners0
 
0
Fouls committed0
 
0
Yellow cards1
 
4
Red Cards0
 
0

Standings

Group 1: ITA / POR / ENG / SUI

TeamsPWDLFA+/-Pts
1Italy Italy31203215
2Switzerland Switzerland31113214
3Portugal Portugal31114404
4England England310246-23

Legend:

P: Played   
W: Won   
D: Drawn   
L: Lost   
F: For   
A: Against   
+/-: Goal difference   
Last updated: 30/11/2017 14:54 CET
Published: Wednesday 22 May 2002, 23.57CET

Draw enough for hosts and Italy

Switzerland and Italy both advanced to the UEFA European Under-21 Championship semi-finals despite playing out a 0-0 draw in Basel.

Host nation Switzerland and Italy, as winners of Group 1, advanced to the UEFA European Under-21 Championship semi-finals after playing out a 0-0 draw at the Saint Jakob stadium in Basel.

Battling performance
Switzerland, written off prior to the competition, put in a battling performance which saw them advance to a last-four encounter with neighbours France at the expense of Portugal who were eliminated despite beating England 3-1 in a match played simultaneously in Zürich.

'Realised a dream'
Swiss coach Bernard Challandes was in ebullient mood afterwards. "We have realised a dream to qualify for the semi-finals and I'm really, really happy," he said. "This is success for Switzerland but we don't want to stop here. We want to continue this success." Italy coach Claudio Gentile was not so enthusiastic, saying: "This result was a must for us. We had opportunities at the beginning and we could not score - it was a deficiency in our game."

Everybody happy
Although the scoreless draw ultimately suited both sides, neither set of players could be accused of taking the game lightly as the two goalkeepers each made some fine saves and five players were booked. The first yellow card came as early as the fourth minute when Andrea Pirlo felled Stéphane Grichting in frustration after failing to deceive the Swiss player with a cheeky back-heel.

Gygax goes close
A minute later Switzerland, cheered on by a partisan crowd, almost took the lead. Daniel Gygax latched on to a long ball played into the Swiss inside-right channel and unleashed a spectacular angled volley which dropped agonisingly beyond the far post. The best chance of the game came midway through the first half. Marco Marchionni broke into the Swiss penalty area and calmly squared the ball for Massimo Maccarone who could only watch in horror as his shot from seven metres struck the feet of Switzerland goalkeeper Nicolas Beney.

Golden opportunity
The ball bounced straight out to Vincenzo Iaquinta five metres but the Udinese Calcio striker side-footed a golden opportunity straight into Beney's arms with the goal at his mercy. It was as close as Italy got. Alexander Frei, who had scored a goal in each of Switzerland's first two games, went close at the other end when he stretched out a boot to help on a 28th-minute Ricardo Cabanas free-kick. Italy goalkeeper Ivan Pelizzoli was equal to the effort, though, and spread himself to deny the talented striker

Cabanas efforts
Pelizzoli was called into action twice more in quick succession when Cabanas tested the AS Roma keeper with a pair of free-kicks from distance. The pace of the game became much slower after the break - hardly surprising bearing in mind the lightning speed with which the first half had been played - and chances were scarce. Instead of open, running football, the match became niggly and tempers began to fray.

Bellini out for semi
Four minutes into the half, Giampaolo Bellini was booked for tangling with Roman Friedli, a yellow card with grave consequences for the Atalanta BC defender who will now miss Saturday's semi-final. Iaquinta and Reto Zanni also squared up to one another as the pressure of the situation began to tell. Moments later the Italian had a chance to score when he cut inside from the left, but his low effort drifted wide of Beney's far post. Three bookings in a five-minute spell just after the hour mark soured proceedings slightly, with Marchionni, Johann Berisha and Cesare Natali all falling foul of referee Jacek Granat.

Settled for a draw
By this stage Portugal were 3-1 to the good in their game, meaning that, barring a remarkable English fightback, Switzerland would only need a draw to progress by virtue of beating the Portuguese on Monday night. As the news from Zürich slowly filtered around the ground and on to the pitch, the players calmed down and - bar a speculative Manuele Blasi shot which soared over the Swiss crossbar late on - the chances dried up as both teams settled for a draw.

Last updated: 28/03/13 3.58CET

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Lineups

Switzerland

Switzerland

Italy

Italy

1
BeneyNicolas Beney
22
PelizzoliIvan Pelizzoli
2
MeyerRemo Meyer
3
BelliniGiampaolo Bellini
Yellow Card49
4
GrichtingStéphane Grichting
4
FerrariMatteo Ferrari
5
KellerStephan Keller
7
MarchionniMarco Marchionni
Yellow Card63
6
FriedliRoman Friedli
8
BrighiMatteo Brighi
8
ZanniReto Zanni
9
MaccaroneMassimo Maccarone
9
GygaxDaniel Gygax
Substitution62
10
PirloAndrea Pirlo (C)
Yellow Card4
10
CabanasRicardo Cabanas (C)
15
LucchiniStefano Lucchini
11
A. FreiAlexander Frei
Substitution85
16
NataliCesare Natali
Yellow Card68
15
RochatAlain Rochat
17
BlasiManuele Blasi
19
BerishaJohann Berisha
Yellow Card66
21
IaquintaVincenzo Iaquinta

Substitutes

3
MagninLudovic Magnin
5
CannavaroPaolo Cannavaro
7
MelunovicElvir Melunovic
6
DonatiMassimo Donati
13
EggimannMario Eggimann
11
BonazzoliEmiliano Bonazzoli
14
DenicolàLuca Denicolà
Substitution85
13
CastelliniPaolo Castellini
16
OppligerPascal Oppliger
14
DainelliDario Dainelli
17
PrevitaliIvan Previtali
18
GattiFabio Gatti
18
RaimondiMario Raimondi
19
PinziGiampiero Pinzi
20
BieliRainer Bieli
Substitution62
24
CaraccioloAndrea Caracciolo
21
MuffAndré Muff
1
RossiGeneroso Rossi
12
BallyThierry Bally
12
SpadavecchiaVitangelo Spadavecchia
22
BolliReto Bolli

Coach

Bernard Challandes (SUI) Claudio Gentile (ITA)

Referee

Jacek Granat (POL)

Assistant referees

Bill René Hansen (DEN), Markku Tiensuu (FIN)

Fourth official

Tom Henning Øvrebø (NOR)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution