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Qemal Stafa Stadium (ATT 18,000) 11th October 2013 - Kick off 19:30 Ref: P Proenca

Albania Albania vs Switzerland Switzerlnd

Albania 1

H Salihi (pen 89)

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Switzerlnd 2

X Shaqiri (48)
M Lang (78)

World Cup qualifier: Switzerland book World Cup spot with 2-1 win over Albania

Last Updated: 12/10/13 11:21am

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Haris Seferovic holds off Amir Abrashi

Haris Seferovic holds off Amir Abrashi

Switzerland booked their ticket to Brazil with a 2-1 away win over Albania in their World Cup qualifying Group E clash on Friday night.

A draw would have been enough for Ottmar Hitzfeld's side to secure top spot in Group E but they played for the win and got it with second-half goals from Xherdan Shaqiri and Michael Lang.

The opener came three minutes after half-time with Shaqiri finding the back of the net.

Half an hour later, Lang effectively sealed it, turned the ball home from Gokhan Inler's free-kick.

There was late drama when Diego Benaglio fouled Odise Roshi in the area and Hamdi Salihi blasted home an 89th-minute penalty, but Switzerland hung on to finish the job off with victory.

The late goal was one of the very few times alarm bells had rung for the visitors, with Albania having been limited to only a couple of openings - the best of them a fine effort from Ervin Bulku which drifted just the wrong side of the post.

Instead, Switzerland dominated, keeping Etrit Berisha occupied with a string of saves from the likes Shaqiri, Fabian Schar, Valentin Stocker and Valon Behrami.

Albania only began to build sustained pressure in the later stages, with Jahmir Hyka and Valdet Rama going close in the moments before the penalty.

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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 and Herzegovina 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