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Happy Auer inspires hosts

Published: Saturday 29 May 2004, 0.50CET
Germany 2-1 Switzerland Benjamin Auer opens the scoring on his club ground as Germany secure victory.

Match statistics

GermanySwitzerland

Goals scored2
 
1
Attempts on target2
 
1
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners0
 
0
Fouls committed0
 
0
Yellow cards2
 
3
Red Cards0
 
0

Standings

Group B(Host country: Germany)

TeamsPWDLFA+/-Pts
1Sweden Sweden11003123
2Germany Germany11002113
3Switzerland Switzerland100112-10
4Portugal Portugal100113-20

Legend:

P: Played   
W: Won   
D: Drawn   
L: Lost   
F: For   
A: Against   
+/-: Goal difference   
Last updated: 30/11/2017 14:55 CET
Published: Saturday 29 May 2004, 0.50CET

Happy Auer inspires hosts

Germany 2-1 Switzerland Benjamin Auer opens the scoring on his club ground as Germany secure victory.

By Tim Dykes at the Bruchwegstadion

Host nation Germany got their UEFA European Under-21 Championship campaign off to a positive start with a victory against Switzerland in Mainz.

Home favourite
Any Germany fans worried when the prolific Lukas Podolski was ruled out on the eve of this Group B opener with a groin strain had their fears eased by Benjamin Auer, the FSV Mainz 05 striker who revelled on his home ground by breaking the deadlock before Thomas Hitzlsperger's clinical strike made David Degen's reply no more than a consolation.

Early chance
It could all have been very different had Johan Vonlanthen converted a clear-cut chance in the opening seconds of the game. Davide Chiumiento, the Juventus FC player whose mazy runs unsettled the Germans all evening, neatly brought the ball  down before releasing his PSV Eindhoven compatriot, but Tim Wiese parried the striker's angled effort.

Rochat expertise
At the other end Alan Rochat, the outstanding Swiss performer, twice denied Uli Stielike's side a goalscoring opportunity, notably with a superb 16th-minute block as Christian Tiffert jinked forward. Moments later Auer was denied by Marco Wölfli, the BSC Young Boys goalkeeper who had previously been untroubled.

Madlung composed
Tiffert was booked for a trip on Tranquillo Barnetta but the ensuing free-kick was comfortably headed away as the Swiss began to realise an aerial approach was unlikely to reap rewards against a defenced marshalled with authority by the towering figure of Hertha BSC Berlin's Alexander Madlung.

Auer strikes
The opening goal came midway through the half after Bastian Schweinsteiger found Andreas Görlitz on the right flank with a wonderful cross-field pass and the TSV München 1860 midfield player's hanging cross was helped past Wölfli by Auer's deft header.

Vonlanthen header
The Swiss could have been level moments later but Vonlanthen squandered their best chance of the half by heading Kim Jaggy's left-wing cross narrowly over but Germany were soon back in the ascendancy, Görlitz blasting a hopeful effort over the bar before Wölfli saved at the foot of his left-hand post from Auer.

Offside flag
Vonlanthen put the ball in the net shortly before half-time but the offside flag had already been raised and it was the Germans who began the second period  brightest. Auer had the near-capacity crowd on their feet before lifting his 48th-minute shot over the crossbar and it seemed only a matter of time before the lead was doubled.

Sweet finish
Hitzlsperger's goal came just past the hour mark after Auer's clever knock-down from a left-wing cross found its way to the Aston Villa FC midfield player, who struck the ball sweetly through a crowd of players into the far corner with his left foot.

Degen chances
Philipp Degen ventured forward and skewed a shot wide as Switzerland sought a quick reply and after Tiffert hit the post from close range for the Germans, the deficit was halved when substitute David Degen smashed the ball into an empty net with 13 minutes remaining as the hosts suffered a rare lapse in concentration.

Last updated: 28/03/13 3.50CET

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Lineups

Germany

Germany

Switzerland

Switzerland

1
WieseTim Wiese (GK)
1
WölfliMarco Wölfli (GK) (C)
4
FathiMalik Fathi
2
P. DegenPhilipp Degen
Substitution83
6
HitzlspergerThomas Hitzlsperger
Goal61
Substitution75
3
JaggyKim Jaggy
7
GörlitzAndreas Görlitz
4
SenderosPhilippe Senderos
8
BalitschHanno Balitsch (C)
6
RochatAlain Rochat
9
AuerBenjamin Auer
Goal21
7
LichtsteinerStephan Lichtsteiner
13
SchweinsteigerBastian Schweinsteiger
8
BarnettaTranquillo Barnetta
Yellow Card40
16
PreussChristoph Preuss
10
ChiumientoDavide Chiumiento
17
MadlungAlexander Madlung
11
VonlanthenJohan Vonlanthen
19
AzaouaghMimoun Azaouagh
Substitution67
15
MontandonPhilippe Montandon
Substitution58
20
TiffertChristian Tiffert
Yellow Card18
Substitution81
17
BahThierno Bah
Yellow Card68
Substitution72

Substitutes

12
OchsTimo Ochs (GK)
12
BenaglioDiego Benaglio (GK)
22
RensingMichael Rensing (GK)
22
PortmannAlain Portmann (GK)
3
GemitiGiuseppe Gemiti
Substitution75
14
NefAlain Nef
Substitution83
14
OdonkorDavid Odonkor
Substitution67
Yellow Card88
19
BaumannPatrick Baumann
Substitution58
18
RietherSascha Riether
Substitution81
21
D. DegenDavid Degen
Substitution72
Goal75
Yellow Card83
2
VolzMoritz Volz
9
ShalaRijat Shala
5
FranzMaik Franz
13
CerronePascal Cerrone
10
PodolskiLukas Podolski
16
CallàDavide Callà
11
HankeMike Hanke
18
BaykalKulaksizoglu Baykal
15
FeulnerMarkus Feulner
20
ZambrellaFabrizio Zambrella
21
HuthRobert Huth

Coach

Ulrich Stielike (GER) André Meyer (SUI)

Referee

Bertrand Layec (FRA)

Assistant referees

Nelly Viennot (FRA), Mark Simons (BEL)

Fourth official

Luis Medina Cantalejo (ESP)

Legend:

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution