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European Under-21 Championship

(ATT 150) 18th June 2011 - Kick off 19:45 Ref: M Strombergsson

Switzerland U21 Switzerland U21 vs Belarus U21 Belarus U21

Switzerland U21 3

A Mehmedi (pen 6, 43)
F Feltscher (90+3)

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Belarus U21 0

S Matsveychyk (S/O 68)

Swiss and Belarus march on

Unfancied Belarus join Swiss in final four

By Raz Mirza.   Last Updated: 18/06/11 10:47pm

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Shaqiri: Influencial throughout victory over Belarus

Shaqiri: Influencial throughout victory over Belarus

Belarus joined Switzerland in the semi-finals of the European Under-21 Championship despite a 3-0 defeat in Aarhus on Saturday night.

The Swiss moved onto nine points in Group A and Georgi Kondratiev's side celebrated a spot in the last four courtesy of a better head-to-head record over Iceland as they defeated hosts Denmark 3-1 in the other match of the night.

Both Belarus and Iceland finished on three points each, but the Belarusians' 2-0 victory in the tournament opener meant it was they who progressed.

The impressive Swiss made it three wins out of three thanks to a brace from Admir Mehmedi.

Mehmedi bagged his fourth goal in seven games from the penalty spot early on after Innocent Emeghara was brought crashing down by a clumsy challenge from Oleg Veretilo.

And the FC Zurich striker was on target again two minutes before the interval when a poor pass from Egor Filipenko was punished by Mehmedi, lashing home from just outside the area.

Belarus were reduced to 10-men in the second half when Sergei Matveichik was booked twice for poor tackles on the influential Xherdan Shaqiri.

And the Swiss secured a comfortable victory three minutes into stoppage time when Frank Feltscher drilled the ball past goalkeeper Aleksandr Gutor from an acute angle.

When referee Markus Strombergsson blew the final whistle, Belarus were unsure if they had qualified, but were soon given the thumbs up from the sidelines.

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Matches

Tables

European Under-21 Championship Group A

European Under-21 Championship
Pos Team P Pts
1 Italy U21 3 7
2 Norway U21 3 5
3 Israel U21 3 4
4 England U21 3 0

European Under-21 Championship Group B

European Under-21 Championship
Pos Team P Pts
1 Spain U21 3 9
2 Holland U21 3 6
3 Germany U21 3 3
4 Russia U21 3 0

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