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03.09.2010 at 19:00 Lugano Attendance:
Switzerland 1 - 0 Under 21
Referee: Sergey Karasev (Russia European Qualifier-match

Goalscorers
Frei 48 mins; None.
Opening squads
Yann Sommer (GK)
Gaetano Berardi
Fabio Daprelà Philippe Koch
Timm Klose,
Amir Abrashi,
Sébastien Wüthrich,
Pajtim Kasami,
Nassim Ben Khalifa,
Fabian Frei,
Steven Zuber,
Stephen Henderson
Richard Towell
Seamus Coleman
Gavin Gunning
Robert Kiernan
Eddie Nolan
Conor Clifford
Conor Hourihane
Robert Brady
Alan Judge
Anthony Stokes
Substitutes
Kevin Fickentscher (GK)
Rolf Feltscher Daniel Pavlovic
Simone Grippo Granit Xhaka
Pascal Schürpf
Orhan Musta
Shane Redmond
Olanrewaju Oyebanjo
Brendan Moloney
Graham Carey
Joseph Mason
Adam Rooney
Substitutions
Daniel Pavlovic for Amir Abrashi 46 mins;
Orhan Mustafi for Nassim Ben Khalifa 72 mins;
Granit Xhaka for Steven Zuber 82 mins;
Adam Rooney -> Anthony Stokes (76)
Joseph Mason -> Conor Clifford (81)
Yellow cards
Gaetano Berardi 84 mins; Anthony Stokes (58)
Eddie Nolan (62)
Gavin Gunning (87)
Red cards
None None.
Other statistics
0 Shots 0
0 Shots on goal 0
0 Offsides 0
0 Corner kicks 0
0 Free kicks 0
0 Penalties 0
Match report | Preview
Switzerland 1 Republic of Ireland 0

The Republic of Ireland Under-21s fell to an unlucky defeat against Switzerland, the Irish youngsters going down to a single goal despite an impressive display.

The result secures Switzerlands place at next summers European Championships, but the hosts can consider themselves fortunate to have claimed victory against a youthful Irish side who dominated the match for large periods.

It was Ireland who made all the early running, carving out four chances in the opening 15 minutes.

Anthony Stokes got the first sniff of goal after seven minutes, cutting inside and forcing a good save from Swiss captain Yann Sommer.

Sommer again kept the tie scoreless one minute later when he brilliantly saved from the lively Alan Judge after the wideman had been played in by Robbie Brady.

Brady and Judge combined again on 11 minutes, the Manchester United players cross field ball finding Judge in space at the edge of the box, only for his first time volley to hit the side-netting.

On 16 minutes it was Conor Hourihanes chance to go close for the visitors, the Corkmans shot firing across goal after he had been played in by Stokes.

Switzerlands first real sight of goal came on 18 minutes when, following a scramble in the box, Timm Klose had a close range effort brilliantly blocked by Stephen Henderson.

Both sides looked comfortable in possession but it was Ireland who continued to show more cutting edge in the final third, the attacking quartet of Judge, Stokes, Brady and Hourihane causing the home defence plenty of problems.

Ireland captain Eddie Nolan could have opened the scoring on 36 minutes when he was left unmarked only to head Judges corner kick agonisingly wide.

Anthony Stokes was successfully finding plenty of space in and around the Swiss penalty area and Celtics new striker had a couple of opportunities in the dying moments of the half. On 39 minutes he was played in by Brady only to shoot over. Two minutes later Stokes again found space only for his effort to be blocked by Sommer.

Despite their superiority, Ireland undeservedly fell behind just two minutes into the second half when Fabien Freis effort from the edge of the box curled past the out-stretched arm of Henderson and into the back of the net.

Clear-cut chances were rare in a more evenly-matched second half. Henderson made a comfortable save on 54 minutes after Khalifa shot from 12 yards.

Four minutes later, the Brady-Judge combination led to another chance for Ireland but Judge, under pressure from the home defence, shot over from inside the box.

Ireland almost fell further behind on 72 minutes when Wuthrichs free kick took a wicked deflection but Henderson managed to scrabble across his goal and push the ball wide for a corner kick.

Temporary Ireland Under-21 manager Wim Koevermans introduced Joe Mason and Adam Rooney to bolster the attack but a disciplined defensive performance from the hosts managed to deny Ireland the goal their performance deserved.


Switzerland: Yann Sommer, Gaetano Berardi, Fabio Daprela, Philipp Koch, Timm Klose, Amir Abrashi (Daniel Pavlovic, h/t), Sebastien Wuthrich, Pajtim Kasami, Nassim Ben Khalifa (Orhan Mustafi, 72 mins), Fabian Frei, Steven Zuber (Granit Xhaka, 82 mins)

Substitutes not used: Kevin Fikentscher, Rolf Feltscher, Simone Grippo, Pascal Schurpf

Republic of Ireland: Stephen Henderson, Seamus Coleman, Gavin Gunning, Rob Kiernan, Eddie Nolan, Alan Judge, Conor Hourihane, Conor Clifford (Joe Mason, 81 mins), Anthony Stokes (Adam Rooney, 76 mins), Richie Towell, Robbie Brady

Substitutes not used: Brendan Moloney, Lanre Oyebanjo, Shane Redmond, Graham Carey

Referee: Sergey Karasev (Russia).
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