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Results 2010-2015

Saturday, 4 June 2011
European Championship 2012 Group G qualification match

England 2 Switzerland 2 [1-2]
 

The National Stadium, Wembley, London
Attendance:
84,459; Kick-off: 4.45pm BST;
Live on ITV One/HD (UK) - Commentator: Peter Drury

Switzerland - Tranquillo Barnetto (twenty-six yard free-kick 32 31:16, wide-left free-kick 35 34:12)
England - Frank Lampard (penalty 37
36:26), Ashley Young (eighteen-yard shot 51 50:07)
Match Summary
England Squad
Switzerland Squad
Switzerland - Johan Djourou (36 35:57), Valon Behrami (45 44:31)
England - Jack Wilshere (64
63:32), Rio Ferdinand (88 87:51)

Switzerland kicked-off. 94 minutes (45:57 & 48:01).

 

Match Summary

 

Officials from Slovenia

England

Type

Switzerland

Referee (yellow) - Damir Skomina
34
(5 August 1976), Koper, FIFA-listed 2003

Assistant Referees - Primoz Arhar, 43 (19 May 1968), Vrhnika & Marko Stančin, 43 (5 April 1968), Ljubljana.

Fourth official - Darko Čeferin, 42 (7 November 1968), Kranj, FIFA-listed 2000.


14 Goal Attempts 15
5 Attempts on Target 9
0 Hit Bar/Post 0
7 Corner Kicks Won 2
  Offside Calls Against  
11 Fouls Conceded 15
52% Possession 48%

England Team

 

Rank:

FIFA (18th May 2011) 6th
ELO rating 6th

Colours: The 2010 home uniform - White shirts, blue shorts, white socks with blue tops.
Capt: John Terry, 30th captaincy Coach: Fabio Capello, 64, appointed 14 December 2007, effective 7 January 2008,
37th match, W 24 - D 7 - L 6 - F 81 - A 33.
England Lineup
1 Hart, C. Joseph J. 24 19 April 1987 G Manchester City FC 11 6 GA
2 Johnson, Glen M. 26 23 August 1984 RB Liverpool FC 34 1
3 Cole, Ashley, injured off 31st min. 30 20 December 1980 LB Chelsea FC 89 0
4 Parker, Scott M. 30 13 October 1980 CM West Ham United FC 6 0
5 Ferdinand, Rio G. 32 7 November 1978 CD Manchester United FC 81 2
Ferdinand cautioned in the 88th minute for unsporting behaviour, for a harsh challenge on Mehmedi outside the penalty area.
6 Terry, John G. 30 7 December 1980 CD Chelsea FC 68 6
7 Walcott, Theo J., off 78th min. 22 16 March 1989 M Arsenal FC 17 3
8 Lampard, Frank J., off 46th min. 32 20 June 1978 RM

Chelsea FC

86 22
9 Bent, Darren A. 27 6 February 1984 CF Aston Villa FC 10 3
10 Wilshere, Jack A.G. 19 1 January 1992 LM Arsenal FC 5 0
Wilshere cautioned in the 64th minute for unsporting behaviour, for a challenge on Tranquillo Barnetto.
11 Milner, James P. 25 4 January 1986 M Manchester City FC 19 0
England Substitutes
14 Baines, Leighton J., on 31st min., (30:02) for Cole 26 11 December 1984 LB Everton FC 5 0
16 Young, Ashley S., on 46th min. for Lampard 25 9 July 1985 M Aston Villa FC 15 2
17 Downing, Stewart, on 78th min., (77:17) for Walcott 26 22 July 1984 M Aston Villa FC 26 0

unused substitutes:

12-Rob Green, 13-Phil Jagielka, 15- Gareth Barry, 18-Bobby Zamora.
   

4-3-3

Hart -
Johnson, Ferdinand, Terry, Cole
(Baines) -
Lampard
(Young), Parker, Wilshere
-
Walcott
(Downing), Bent, Milner.

Averages (Starting XI):

Age 27.0 Appearances/Goals 38.7 3.4

 

Switzerland Team

 

Rank:

FIFA (18th May 2011) 25th
ELO rating 31st

Colours: Made by Puma - Red shirts with white collar/trim, red shorts with white trim, red socks with white vertical stripes.
Capt: Gökhan İnler Coach: Ottmar Hitzfeld, 62 (12 January 1949), appointed 1 July 2008.
30th match, W 11 - D 12 - L 7 - F 37 - A 26.
Switzerland Lineup
1 Benaglio, Diego O. 27 8 September 1983 G VfL Wolfsburg, Germany 35 0
2 Lichtsteiner, Stephan 27 16 January 1984 D SS Lazio SpA, Italy 39 0
3 Ziegler, Reto 25 16 January 1986 D Juventus FC, Italy 24 1
4 Senderos, Philippe S. 26 14 February 1985 D Fulham FC, England 42 5
20 Djourou-Gbadjere, Johan D. 24 18 January 1987 D Arsenal FC, England 26 1
Djourou cautioned in the 36th minute for ungentlemanly conduct, for complaining about the penalty that England eventually scored from, after he himself had brought down Wilshere in the penalty area.
17 Xhaka, Granit 18 27 September 1992 M FC Basel 1893 1 0
7
Barnetto, Tranquillo, off 90th min. 26 22 May 1985 M TSV Bayer 04 Leverkusen, Germany 59 8
8 İnler, Gökhan 26 27 June 1984 M Juventus FC, Italy 48 4
9 Derdiyok, Eren, off 74th min. 22 12 June 1988 F TSV Bayer 04 Leverkusen, Germany 32 2
23 Shaqiri, Xherdan 18 10 October 1991 M FC Basel 1983 11 1
11 Behrami, Valon, off 59th min 26 19 April 1985 M ACF Fiorentina SpA, Italy 30 2
Behrami cautioned in the 45th minute for unsporting behaviour, for bringing down Milner as he was running into the penalty area. Suspended.
Switzerland Substitutes
15 Dzemaili, Blerim, on 59th min. (58:20) for Behrami 25 12 April 1986 M Parma FC SpA, Italy 13 0
18 Mehmedi, Admir, on 75th min., (74:05) for Derdiyok 20 16 March 1991 F FC Zürich 1 0
14 Emeghara, Innocent, on 90th min., (89:18) for Barnetto 22 27 May 1989 F Grasshopper Club Zürich 1 0

unused substitutes:

5-Steve Von Bergen, 12-Marco W'lfi, 14-Innocent Emeghara, 16-Gelson Fernandes, 22-Xavier Margairaz.
   
 4-5-1 Benagli -
Lichsteiner, Djorou, Senderos, Ziegler -
Shaqiri, Inler, Xhaka, Behrami
(Dzemaili), Barnetto (Emeghara) -
Derdiyok
(Mehmedi).

Averages (Starting XI):

Age 24.1 Appearances/Goals 31.5 2.2

 

    Match Report by Mike Payne

In the latest England match it was hoped that the home side would consolidate their position at the top of their European Championship group table as they go into the summer break, but as it turned out Switzerland more than deserved a share of the spoils.

England, unfortunately, gave one of those all too familiar mixed bag of a performance, and in the first half especially they were outplayed by a lively Swiss team.  Too many home players seemed to have nothing left after a long, hard season.  Joe Hart was by far the busier of the two goalkeepers and as early as the sixth minute he was down smartly to save Derdiyok's low shot.  The midfield was very congested from the outset. Scott Parker won the ball a few times but then promptly gave it away again, Frank Lampard just could not get into the game and it was left to Jack Wilshere to try and create a bit of space.  The Swiss meanwhile pressed England well and none of the home players had much time to dwell on the ball.  Theo Walcott once again showed how infuriating he can be.  Getting in good positions is not difficult for him, he does it regularly, but sometimes he forgets to take the ball with him and when he remembered that, his execution of the final pass let him down.  One wonders if he needs a better coach to bring the best out of him?  Imagine what he would be like under a Brian Clough, or a Bill Shankly.

One good England move saw James Milner head over and then Rio Ferdinand saw a header from Lampard's cross also fly over the bar.  Ashley Cole had injured himself when blocking a Swiss attack and had to be replaced by Leighton Baines.  It unsettled England a little and almost immediately Switzerland decided to take a firm grip of the game with two goals in three minutes.  A free-kick from Barnetta out on the left curled in dangerously to the far post.  Somebody, anybody, in the England defence should have taken command of the situation but all they could do was watch as the ball sailed into the far corner.  Acute embarrassment for Ferdinand, John Terry and especially Hart who was very static on his line.  If that was bad, then two minutes later even worse was to follow.  Again Barnetta had a free-kick on the left, Hart built a two-man wall, but when the Swiss number seven fired a shot low at the near post England were again found wanting.  Milner, inexplicably, parted from Walcott in the wall leaving a gap for Barnetta to exploit.  Hart, meanwhile, seemed half asleep and somehow contrived to let the ball in at the foot of the near post.  Two awful goals had left England with a mountain to climb.

What happened next probably rescued England from a disastrous defeat.  Within a minute of the goal Wilshere picked the ball up on the half-way line and attacked the heart of the Swiss defence, his first shot was blocked but he followed up to pounce on the rebound.  His Arsenal teammate John Djourou lunged at Wilshere and brought the youngster down for what was an obvious penalty.  Up stepped Lampard to convert the spot-kick and England had been given a lifeline.  Before the break England had another half-chance when Darren Bent headed over, when perhaps he could have done better.  Overall though the Swiss kept possession well for long periods to frustrate England, and with the home players chasing shadows at times the tiredness looked even more evident.  Manager Fabio Capello would need to gee his players up for the second half, and one last push from the long season. 

To his credit Capello made an immediate change, bringing on Ashley Young for the ponderous Lampard, to inject a bit more pace to the attack.  Many of the pundits and fans had questioned Young's omission from the starting line-up, and he was soon to emphasise his determination to make an impact.

England began the half on the front foot and Young sent Walcott through with a good pass.  Again Djourou fouled the winger, this time right on the edge of the box, but incredibly the referee, who did have a good game, made his first real mistake by waving play on.  Within five minutes of the restart England scored a fine goal, out of keeping with the rest of their performance.  Young and Milner worked the ball on the left, and Milner cleverly spotted Baines's darting run into the box and delicately chipped a pass to the Everton full-back.  Baines chested the ball down into the path of Young and his first-time shot found the far corner.  Immediate impact or what!

From that moment it did look as though England were capable of going on to win, but a combination of good goalkeeping and poor finishing snuffed out that thought.  At least there was now much more energy from England and it was the Swiss who looked the more tired of the two teams.  Wilshere was booked for an over robust challenge, but shortly afterwards the Arsenal player produced the pass of the match to give Bent a golden chance.  Credit Diego Benaglio in the visitors goal for coming off his line smartly to block Bent's shot, but you couldn't help thinking that the Villa striker might have done better.  On 68 minutes Young had another effort from Milner's pass inside, which flew just over, and then three minutes later came the miss of the match.  Young, again, was at the heart of it as he picked up possession and attacked the Swiss defenders.  He eventually fired in a good shot which Benaglio managed to parry, only to see the ball run invitingly for Bent, totally unmarked and with an open goal to shoot at.  He couldn't miss, surely?  He did!

For the last quarter of the match the Swiss resumed their keep-ball possession and although they were restricted to a couple of long-range efforts on goal, they largely held England at bay.  There were scares at either end before the ninety minutes were up.  Substitute Admir Mehmedi hit a cross shot from the left that flew inches wide, and then right on time another substitute Stuart Downing had a golden chance to win it after Ferdinand's knock down in the box.  Unfortunately Downing hit the side-netting with his shot and the chance was lost.

Overall no-one could deny Switzerland deserved a point and England showed many reasons why they are so frustrating to watch at the moment.  As for individual performances, too many England players drifted through the game, Glen Johnson, for instance, did his Crocodile Dundee impression by going walkabout too often, Parker won the ball and lost it again too regularly for comfort, and Walcott flattered to deceive, again.

On the plus side, Baines did well and Wilshere was again the pick of the midfield.  As for Young, he proved beyond doubt that he should have started the match and his was a man of the match performance in every sense.  Oh well, at least the players can now enjoy their holidays still top of the group, (Montenegro missed the chance to take advantage of England's slip by only managing a home draw with Bulgaria). Roll on August!

Source Notes

Trivia - Tranquillo Barnetto's two goals makes him the first player to score twice at Wembley against England. His second was the 200th opposition goal at Wembley Stadium.

BBC Sport
TheFA.com
Swiss FA website
ITV.com/football
UEFA.com
RateTheRef.com
Mike Payne - football historian and contributor (get well soon mate!)
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