Qualifying round (Group E) - 23/03/2013 - 17:30CET (18:30 local time) - GSP Stadium - Nicosia
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Leaders Switzerland draw a blank in Cyprus

Published: Saturday 23 March 2013, 21.13CET
Cyprus 0-0 Switzerland
The visitors missed the opportunity to stretch their lead at the top of qualifying Group E to four points as they wasted several chances in Nicosia.
Leaders Switzerland draw a blank in Cyprus
Ricardo Rodriguez (left) and Cyprus's Athos Solomou compete for possession ©AFP/Getty Images

Match statistics

CyprusSwitzerland

Goals scored0
 
0
Total attempts8
 
15
Attempts on target3
 
2
off target2
 
8
against woodwork1
 
0
Corners4
 
7
Offsides3
 
2
Yellow cards2
 
3
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed11
 
15
Fouls suffered12
 
9

Standings

Last updated: 18/04/2013 20:17 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   

Published: Saturday 23 March 2013, 21.13CET

Leaders Switzerland draw a blank in Cyprus

Cyprus 0-0 Switzerland
The visitors missed the opportunity to stretch their lead at the top of qualifying Group E to four points as they wasted several chances in Nicosia.

Switzerland's hopes of establishing a commanding four-point lead atop FIFA World Cup qualifying Group E were dashed as they were held to a goalless draw by Cyprus.

Following Norway's home defeat on Friday by Albania, the visitors could have taken a stranglehold on the section with victory in Nicosia, but in the absence of suspended coach Ottmar Hitzfeld were left frustrated by their failure to take several presentable opportunities. As it is, Switzerland lead Iceland, who yesterday won 2-1 in Slovenia, and Albania by two points going into the next set of fixtures in June.

One of Switzerland's best chances came on the half-hour mark, when Xherdan Shaqiri could not convert a Haris Seferovic cross. Soon after, Innocent Emeghara fired over from ten metres and Valentin Stocker was unable to beat Antonis Giorgallides after running clear on the Cyprus goal.

The hosts, meanwhile, offered a sporadic threat, Christos Theophilou heading wide early on before Constantinos Makridis hit a post midway through the first period. Nikos Nioplias's side, now off the foot of the group at the expense of Slovenia, waited patiently for counterattacks and made life difficult for their opponents with some disciplined defending.

After Stocker and Seferovic wasted further openings, Switzerland bolstered their attack with a quarter of an hour remaining by introducing Eren Derdiyok, who squandered a glorious chance from close range in the final minute.

Last updated: 27/03/13 17.49CET

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