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Degen seals Swiss passage

Published: Tuesday 11 October 2005, 19.16CET
Republic of Ireland 0-1 Switzerland David Degen's 13th-minute goal was enough to see the visitors through to the play-offs.
Published: Tuesday 11 October 2005, 19.16CET

Degen seals Swiss passage

Republic of Ireland 0-1 Switzerland David Degen's 13th-minute goal was enough to see the visitors through to the play-offs.

Switzerland are through to the UEFA European Under-21 Championship play-offs after a 1-0 win in the Republic of Ireland secured them the runners-up slot in Group 4.

Only goal
Anything other than a win would have handed second place to Israel, but David Degen scored what proved to be the only goal of the game after just 13 minutes, cutting across Paul McShane before beating goalkeeper Wayne Henderson with a low shot from deep inside the Irish penalty area.

Missed opportunities
However, the Swiss were lucky to escape with a victory as their opponents passed up a number of chances to equalise. Joseph O'Brien had two shots just off target either side of Degen's goal, and goalkeeper Diego Benaglio had to be alert to block Steven Ward's effort just before the interval.

Terrific saves
Donald Givens' side kept up the pressure in the second period, and Benaglio was forced to make a full-length, diving save to deny a header from John Fitzgerald. However, his opposite number Henderson pulled off perhaps the save of the night when he fended off a fierce volley from Reto Ziegler with eight minutes remaining.

Last updated: 28/03/13 3.02CET

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Lineups

Republic of Ireland

Republic of Ireland

Switzerland

Switzerland

1
HendersonWayne Henderson (GK) (C)
1
BenaglioDiego Benaglio (GK)
2
DeeryKevin Deery
Yellow Card60
2
LichtsteinerStephan Lichtsteiner
3
PainterMarcos Painter
3
BühlerArnaud Bühler
4
O'BrienJoey O'Brien
Substitution80
4
Von BergenSteve von Bergen
5
FitzgeraldJohn Fitzgerald
5
RochatAlain Rochat (C)
6
McShanePaul McShane
Yellow Card72
6
SchweglerPirmin Schwegler
7
FloodWillo Flood
7
CallàDavide Callà
Substitution86
8
WhelanGlenn Whelan
8
BaykalKulaksizoglu Baykal
9
WardStephen Ward
9
D. DegenDavid Degen
Goal13
10
TabbJay Tabb
10
MargairazXavier Margairaz
Substitution90+2
11
McGeadyAiden McGeady
11
ZieglerReto Ziegler
Substitution88

Substitutes

16
QuigleyDarren Quigley (GK)
12
LeoniJohnny Leoni (GK)
12
TimlinMichael Timlin
14
StahelFlorian Stahel
13
SheehanAlan Sheehan
15
MaricMijat Maric
Substitution90+2
14
O'DonovanRoy O'Donovan
Substitution80
16
ZambrellaFabrizio Zambrella
15
BerminghamKarl Bermingham
17
MarazziDavid Marazzi
Substitution88
17
McStayHenry McStay
18
SchneuwlyMarco Schneuwly
Substitution86
18
DickerGary Dicker
19
TsimbaCédric Tsimba

Coach

Donald Givens (IRL) Bernard Challandes (SUI)

Referee

Draženko Kovačić (CRO)

Assistant referees

Tomislav Petrović (CRO), Zeljko Novosel (CRO)

Fourth official

Ante Vučemilović (CRO)

Legend:

  • GoalsGoals
  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed Cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution