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European Championship Qualifying

St Jakob Park (ATT 39,700) 7th September 2010 - Kick off 19:45 Ref: N Rizzoli

Switzerlnd Switzerland vs England England

Switzerlnd 1

S Lichtsteiner (S/O 65)
X Shaqiri (71)


England 3

W Rooney (10)
A Johnson (69)
D Bent (88)

Live Commentary

Last Updated at 9:39 pm, September 7th 2010

  1. FT

    The referee blows his whistle for full-time. England have won 3-1 and will be very pleased with their display. Lots of positives for Fabio Capello to take from this match.

  2. 90+2

    England continue to keep the ball with ease. The home fans don't like it but the visitors are happy to wind down the clock.

  3. 90+1

    We are in the first of three minutes of additional time.

  4. 90

    Wright-Phillips' cross from the right is claimed by Benaglio ahead of Milner. Not much the Switzerland goalkeeper could have done to stop England tonight.

  5. 89

    England are now keeping the ball with ease. They will be very pleased with tonight's display.

  6. 88

    GOAL BENT! Bent does score his first England goal as he takes control of Wright-Phillips' pass and beats Benaglio with a powerful finish. The visitors lead 3-1 and look certain to claim an impressive win.

  7. 86

    England waste a great chance to move out of sight as Wright-Phillips fails to play Bent through on goal. His poor pass is deflected clear by Grichting.

  8. 85

    Worrying moment for England as Streller tumbles in the box. The referee correctly waves play-on.

  9. 84

    Cole's low cross from the left is turned away from danger by von Bergen. England are finding plenty of space on the break.

  10. 83

    Schwegler is replaced by Moreno Costanzo as Switzerland look to pose England some late problems.

  11. 82

    The referee awards Switzerland a free-kick as Jagielka challenges for the ball. England are looking a little bit more comfortable.

  12. 81

    Grichting concedes a free-kick as he knocks Adam Johnson to the ground. He is booked for showing a bit of dissent to the referee.

  13. 80

    Wright-Phillips plays the ball across the edge of the Switzerland box to Adam Johnson and the winger sends his effort high over the top of the bar. England will create chances on the break.

  14. 79

    Final change from England as Shaun Wright-Phillips replaces Rooney. The striker has been quiet after the break but scored in the first half.

  15. 78

    Bent is caught offside again. Fabio Capello wasn't sure about that decision and has a hug with the fourth official as they discuss the match.

  16. 77

    England clear the free-kick to Inler on the edge of the box. The midfielder sends his effort well wide of Hart's left hand post. Switzerland are cranking up the pressure.

  17. 76

    Cole is booked for a clumsy challenge on Streller on the right flank. Free-kick to Switzerland.

  18. 75

    Switzerland waste two spells of possession in succession. They need to stay calm when they get close to the England goal. Or give Shaqiri the chance to fire in another storming effort.

  19. 74

    Bent is caught offside as he looks to get involved. Will he have a chance to bag his first senior England goal?

  20. 73

    England need to take a little bit of fizz out of the game. The fans are excited at the moment but the visitors should be confident that they can quell this pressure.

  21. 72

    The home fans are now right behind Switzerland. That was a great goal to give them some hope.

  22. 71

    GOAL SHAQIRI! Shaqiri fires home a sensational effort from 25 yards to get Switzerland back in the game. Hart couldn't get near the shot. What a goal!

  23. 70

    Defoe's game is now over and he leaves the field on a stretcher. Bent takes his place.

  24. 69

    GOAL ADAM JOHNSON! England play on as Defoe waits to leave the field. Gerrard's superb through ball finds Adam Johnson and the winger rounds Benaglio before turning home a calm finish. Fabio Capello's men lead 2-0.

  25. 68

    It looks like Defoe isn't fine to continue as he sits on the pitch. Darren Bent will replace him.

  26. 67

    We have a break in play as Defoe receives treatment. He should be fine to continue.

  27. 66

    Gerrard's free-kick from the left is headed clear but it looks like Switzerland will have lost a bit of the momentum they were building.

  28. 65

    Milner's storms down the left and is sent falling to the ground by a clumsy challenge from Lichtsteiner. The full-back receives his second booking and Switzerland are down to 10 men.

  29. 64

    Switzerland look to increase the pressure with Marco Streller replacing Degen.

  30. 63

    England are all over the place at the moment. Frei's low cross from the right of the penalty area is finally blasted clear by Gerrard after a slight scramble.

  31. 62

    Hart is looking shaky as he spills Degen's cross from the right. He gathers the ball at the second attempt but hasn't enjoyed a good few minutes.

  32. 61

    Derdiyok's free-kick from the left flank is headed straight up in the air by Degen. Hart gathers the ball at the second attempt after a slight bit of panic. Switzerland are starting to look more of a threat in the final third.

  33. 60

    Milner stops Lichtsteiner's run down the right with a late challenge. The winger is booked and will miss England's next Group G game against Montenegro.

  34. 59

    Jagielka looks to reach Milner's corner but he isn't able to stop Grichting heading clear.

  35. 58

    Glen Johnson cuts in from right and sends a driven low effort towards the far post of the Switzerland goal. Benaglio is equal to the challenge and knocks the ball behind for a corner.

  36. 57

    Lichtsteiner sends a cross from the right looping out of play for a goal-kick. He thinks the ball stayed in and is booked by the referee for his protests.

  37. 56

    Hart doesn't take any risks as he knocks the ball out of play for a throw-in with Degen storming forward.

  38. 55

    Rooney's cross from the left is knocked over the top of the bar by Defoe. He won't be too worried as the linesman has raised his flag for offside.

  39. 54

    Shaqiri produces a neat bit of skill to beat Glen Johnson and bring the crowd to life. The sub isn't able to make much more progress but he looks a threat.

  40. 53

    A quick look away from this match to let you know that Montenegro won 1-0 in Bulgaria in tonight's other Group G game.

  41. 52

    Inler has a rare sight of goal for Switzerland as he sends a 25-yard volley looping over the bar. The hosts will still be thinking they can get right back into this match.

  42. 51

    Frei wins a free-kick on the halfway line as he is bundled to the ground by Barry. Switzerland need their talisman to come to the party.

  43. 50

    Milner's cross from the left is headed away from Gerrard by von Bergen. Quiet night for the England skipper so far and that shows just how well his team-mates have performed.

  44. 49

    Cole's cross from the left is turned behind for a corner by Lichtesteiner.

  45. 48

    Rooney's delightful lofted pass is met by Johnson on the right hand side of the Switzerland box and the winger sends a first-time volley wide of the near post. England continue to impress.

  46. 47

    England haven't made any changes at the break and they are keeping the ball with ease so far.

  47. 46

    The match is back under way with Switzerland making a change at the break. Xherdan Shaqiri has replaced Margairaz.

  48. Switzerland are now 16/1 to win this match with our friends at Sky Bet, England are 1/5 and the draw can be backed at 4/1.

  49. HT

    The half-time whistle is blown by the referee. England lead 1-0 after a strong display so far. The only worry is the injury to Walcott. Thoughts on the match can be sent to

  50. 45+2

    Jagielka wins a throw-in deep in the England half as his clearance bounces off the legs of Frei.

  51. 45+1

    We are in the first of two minutes of additional time.

  52. 45

    Milner's corner from the left is cleared by Switzerland as we near the end of the first half.

  53. 44

    Rooney's lofted ball from the left of the Switzerland box narrowly evades Defoe and the ball is knocked behind for a corner.

  54. 43

    Defoe makes some space just inside the Switzerland box and sees his powerful effort palmed away by Benaglio. The loose ball is cleared.

  55. 42

    Cole wins a free-kick on the left flank as he is fouled by Gokhan Inler. The England full-backs have both looked to push on tonight.

  56. 41

    Frei's free-kick is headed away from danger by Jagielka. Good work from the defender.

  57. 40

    Switzerland are finally starting to show something in attack. They work a neat spell of possession to the left flank and win a free-kick as Xavier Margairaz is fouled.

  58. 39

    Switzerland aren't happy after the assistant referee awards a goal-kick to England after an aerial challenge between Degen and Lescott.

  59. 38

    Frei's free-kick falls to the unmarked Degen at the far post. The ball, however, is at an awkward angle and the winger can only send his effort wide of goal. First shaky couple of minutes from England.

  60. 37

    A first bit of panic for England ends with Gareth Barry knocking Lichtsteiner to the ground with a late challenge on the right flank. Free-kick to Switzerland.

  61. 36

    Adam Johnson cuts in from the right and sends a rasping effort narrowly over the top of the bar. The sub has helped England continue to provide a threat down the right after Walcott's departure.

  62. 35

    Hart is looking calm tonight. And this time he looks a bit too calm as he nearly allows his clearance to be charged down by Derdiyok. He gets away with it so his fine start to the season continues.

  63. 34

    It could be bad news for Walcott. The England winger is on his way to hospital for an X-ray on his right ankle. He was injured just before Rooney's goal.

  64. 33

    Benaglio is forced to knock the ball out of play for a throw-in as Defoe races towards a pass from Adam Johnson.

  65. 32

    Glen Johnson looks to test Ziegler again but this time the left-back is equal to the challenge and knocks the ball behind for a throw-in.

  66. 31

    Switzerland are not enjoying this match. All their attacking players have produced nothing when they near the England goal.

  67. 30

    Rooney cuts in from the left and sends a wild effort high and wide of goal. It has, however, been a very impressive performance from the striker so far.

  68. 29

    Good defensive work from Milner as he clears the danger on the left flank. The winger continues to get better and better.

  69. 28

    Milner storms down the left and his powerful drive across goal evades Defoe and goes out of play for a throw-in on the opposite flank. England continue to dominate.

  70. 27

    Rooney knocks the ball to Cole on the left hand side of the Switzerland box. The defender looks to find Defoe in space but his pass takes a deflection and the hosts are able to clear.

  71. 26

    Rooney's attempted through ball to Defoe skips off the surface and Benaglio is able to gather possession. The England strike duo are working very well together.

  72. 25

    The players will have to be careful on this pitch after plenty fo rain before kick-off. Late challenges could lead to trouble.

  73. 24

    Lichtesteiner's bid to storm down the right is ended by a strong challenge from Ashley Cole. Bit of a lull in the game at the moment as possession chages hands quickly.

  74. 23

    Defoe and Rooney look to work a one-two but von Bergen is alive to the danger and clear.

  75. 22

    Switzerland have been poor. They lack ideas in attack and Ziegler isn't enjoying his night at left-back.

  76. 21

    Great work from Adam Johnson down the right as he beats Ziegler with a neat piece of skill. His resulting cross is met by Defoe but the striker can only send a scuffed effort high over the bar. More good signs for England.

  77. 20

    Rooney concedes a free-kick as he knocks Stephan Lichtsteiner to the ground. Free-kick to Switzerland just inside their own half.

  78. 19

    Defoe nearly has a sight of goal but Rooney's cross from the right races out of play for a goal-kick. England remain on top.

  79. 18

    It has been a very good display from England so far. All the attacking players look lively with the defence staying solid.

  80. 17

    England stay solid as a Switzerland period of pressure ends with the hosts knocking the ball out of play for a throw-in.

  81. 16

    James Milner's cross from the left is headed clear by von Bergen. Plenty of threat from England down both wings.

  82. 15

    Defoe leaps high to win a header but he can only succeed in knocking the ball to Steve von Bergen on the edge of the Switzerland box.

  83. 14

    Switzerland have seen a bit more of the ball after England's goal. No need to panic too much as Fabio Capello's men have been very good so far.

  84. 13

    Not good news for England and Arsenal fans as Walcott's game is over. He is replaced by Adam Johnson.

  85. 12

    It looks like Walcott caught his foot in the turf as Johnson's cross went across goal. He is leaving the field on a stretcher.

  86. 11

    Rooney doesn't show too much emotion in his celebration but England will be more worried by an injury to Walcott. He is receiving treatment in the six-yard box.

  87. 10

    GOAL ROONEY! Glen Johnson storms down the right flank and sends in a low cross. Rooney races to the ball and turns a neat effort home from the edge of the six-yard box. England lead 1-0.

  88. 9

    Phil Jagielka refuses to panic as he calmly heads the ball back to Hart. He is playing alongside his former Everton team-mate Lescott in the heart of England's defence.

  89. 8

    Joe Hart takes a little bit of time over a clearance but he refuses to panic as he knocks the ball away from Eren Derdiyok.

  90. 7

    Rooney looks to send Defoe through on goal but he overhits his pass and the ball races behind for a goal-kick. England are the better side at the start of the contest.

  91. 6

    Walcott and Ziegler are having a battle so far. The England winger wins a free-kick this time as he is pushed to the ground.

  92. 5

    Walcott has looked full of positive intent so far but his latest run is halted by Reto Ziegler on the edge of the Switzerland box.

  93. 4

    Wayne Rooney's cross from the left drifts over the head of Jermain Defoe and behind for a goal-kick. England are looking good early on.

  94. 3

    England are keeping the ball with ease at the back. They have looked calm at the start of the match.

  95. 2

    Theo Walcott wins an early free-kick as he is hauled to the ground on the halfway line by David Degen, who impressed in the first leg of Young Boys' Champions League tie against Spurs.

  96. 1

    The action is under way with Joleon Lescott quickly involved to send a header away from Alex Frei.

  97. The national anthems are over. Nearly time for the game to start.

  98. They have been playing Status Quo for about five minutes now. The ground is rocking as Switzerland takes us back to the old school.

  99. The Swiss fans are excited ahead of this match. There is a great atmosphere in the stadium.

  100. Switzerland are 3/1 to win this match with our friends at Sky Bet, England are 5/6 and the draw can be backed at 11/5.

  101. Here are the teams in full for this match: Switzerland: Benaglio, Lichtsteiner, Grichting, Von Bergen, Ziegler, Margairaz, Inler, Schwegler, Degen, Derdiyok, Frei Subs: Wolfli, Affolter, Streller, Padalino, Fernandes, Costanzo, Shaqiri

  102. England: Hart, Glen Johnson, Jagielka, Lescott, Ashley Cole, Walcott, Gerrard, Barry, Milner, Defoe, Rooney Subs: Foster, Gibbs, Cahill, Carrick, Adam Johnson, Wright-Phillips, Bent

  103. The referee is Nicola Rizzoli from Italy.

  104. That is the early team news for this match. And now it is time to get started. Send any thoughts you have ahead of the match to

  105. Joleon Lescott has been handed a shock starting berth for England in their Euro 2012 qualifier with Switzerland in Basle. Lescott replaces Michael Dwason, injured in the victory over Bulgaria on Friday and links up in central defence with his former Everton team-mate Phil Jagielka. Wayne Rooney also plays despite a weekend of headlines about his private life.


  • European Championship Qualifying

    Tue 7th Sep - Group B
    Tue 7th Sep - Group F
    Tue 7th Sep - Group G
    • Bulgaria
      0 - 1
    • Switzerlnd
      1 - 3
    Tue 7th Sep - Group D
    Tue 7th Sep - Group E
    Tue 7th Sep - Group A
    Tue 7th Sep - Group H
    Tue 7th Sep - Group I
    • Czech Rep
      0 - 1
    • Scotland
      2 - 1
    Tue 7th Sep - Group C


European Championship Qualifying Group A

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Pos Team P Pts
1 Czech Republic 5 13
2 Iceland 5 12
3 Netherlands 5 7
4 Turkey 5 5
5 Latvia 5 3
6 Kazakhstan 5 1

European Championship Qualifying Group B

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1 Belgium 5 11
2 Wales 5 11
3 Israel 5 9
4 Cyprus 5 6
5 Bosnia and Herzegovina 5 5
6 Andorra 5 0

European Championship Qualifying Group C

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1 Slovakia 5 15
2 Spain 5 12
3 Ukraine 5 9
4 Belarus 5 4
5 Macedonia 5 3
6 Luxembourg 5 1

European Championship Qualifying Group D

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1 Poland 5 11
2 Germany 5 10
3 Scotland 5 10
4 Republic of Ireland 5 8
5 Georgia 5 3
6 Gibraltar 5 0

European Championship Qualifying Group E

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1 England 5 15
2 Slovenia 5 9
3 Switzerland 5 9
4 Lithuania 5 6
5 Estonia 5 4
6 San Marino 5 1

European Championship Qualifying Group F

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1 Romania 5 13
2 Northern Ireland 5 12
3 Hungary 5 8
4 Finland 5 4
5 Faroe Islands 5 3
6 Greece 5 2

European Championship Qualifying Group G

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1 Austria 5 13
2 Sweden 5 9
3 Russia 5 8
4 Montenegro 5 5
5 Liechtenstein 5 4
6 Moldova 5 1

European Championship Qualifying Group H

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1 Croatia 5 13
2 Italy 5 11
3 Norway 5 9
4 Bulgaria 5 5
5 Azerbaijan 5 3
6 Malta 5 1

European Championship Qualifying Group I

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1 Portugal 4 9
2 Denmark 4 7
3 Albania 4 7
4 Serbia 4 1
5 Armenia 4 1