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St Jakob Park (ATT 38,500) 11th September 2012 - Kick off 19:30 Ref: Ovidiu Alin Hategan

Switzerland Switzerland vs Albania Albania

Switzerland 2

X Shaqiri (22)
G Inler (pen 69)

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Albania 0

Swiss too strong for Albania

Last Updated: 11/09/12 9:58pm

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Switzerland enjoy Xherdan Shaqiri's goal.

Switzerland enjoy Xherdan Shaqiri's goal.

Switzerland continued their winning start to the World Cup qualifying campaign with a routine 2-0 victory over Albania in Lucerne.

After an impressive 2-0 win in Slovenia in their opening Group E fixture on Friday, Ottmar Hitzfeld's side were again on song this evening as goals from Xherdan Shaqiri and Gokhan Inler took the Swiss to top spot.

Defeat for Albania leaves them still on three points after they opened up with a 3-1 win over Cyprus prior to the weekend.

Albania served notice of their intention to take their game to their opponents in the 18th minute when Alban Meha forced Diego Benaglio into action with a shot from distance.

But the visitors were rocked back on their heels in the 22nd minute when Granit Xhaka centred the ball from the right and Shaqiri took possession before lashing the ball low into the net from the edge of the area.

The hosts almost made it two four minutes later when Johan Djourou's header from Shaqiri's free-kick was blocked by Samir Ujkani, but within seconds Albania threatened again as Ervin Bulku's powerful volley was punched clear by Benaglio.

The hosts looked the side most likely to add to the scoring, however, and midway through the second half Shaqiri's well-hit shot was kept at bay by Ujkani.

Switzerland added their second goal in the 69th minute after Valentin Stocker was brought down by Andi Lila in the area.

Inler stepped up to take the penalty, stroking the ball confidently into the bottom-right corner to secure the points for the home side.

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Matches

  • FIFA World Cup European Qualifying

    Tue 11th Sep - Group E
    Tue 11th Sep - Group F
    Tue 11th Sep - Group I
    Tue 11th Sep - Group D
    Tue 11th Sep - Group B
    Tue 11th Sep - Group G
    Tue 11th Sep - Group A
    Tue 11th Sep - Group H
    Tue 11th Sep - Group C

Tables

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group A

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Belgium 10 26
2 Croatia 10 17
3 Serbia 10 14
4 Scotland 10 11
5 Wales 10 10
6 Macedonia 10 7

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group B

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Italy 10 22
2 Denmark 10 16
3 Czech Republic 10 15
4 Bulgaria 10 13
5 Armenia 10 13
6 Malta 10 3

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group C

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Germany 10 28
2 Sweden 10 20
3 Austria 10 17
4 Republic of Ireland 10 14
5 Kazakhstan 10 5
6 Faroe Islands 10 1

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group D

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Netherlands 10 28
2 Romania 10 19
3 Hungary 10 17
4 Turkey 10 16
5 Estonia 10 7
6 Andorra 10 0

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group E

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Switzerland 10 24
2 Iceland 10 17
3 Slovenia 10 15
4 Norway 10 12
5 Albania 10 11
6 Cyprus 10 5

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group F

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Russia 10 22
2 Portugal 10 21
3 Israel 10 14
4 Azerbaijan 10 9
5 Northern Ireland 10 7
6 Luxembourg 10 6

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group G

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bosnia 10 25
2 Greece 10 25
3 Slovakia 10 13
4 Lithuania 10 11
5 Latvia 10 8
6 Liechtenstein 10 2

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group H

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 England 10 22
2 Ukraine 10 21
3 Montenegro 10 15
4 Poland 10 13
5 Moldova 10 11
6 San Marino 10 0

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group I

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Spain 8 20
2 France 8 17
3 Finland 8 9
4 Georgia 8 5
5 Belarus 8 4

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