World Cup qualifier: Switzerland book World Cup spot with 2-1 win over Albania
Last Updated: 12/10/13 11:21am
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.
FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Fri 11th Oct - Group B
Armenia2 - 1Bulgaria
Malta1 - 4Czech Rep
Denmark2 - 2Italy
Fri 11th Oct - Group G
Lithuania2 - 0Latvia
Bosnia4 - 1Liechtenstein
Greece1 - 0Slovakia
Fri 11th Oct - Group A
Croatia1 - 2Belgium
Wales1 - 0Macedonia
Fri 11th Oct - Group F
Azerbaijan2 - 0N Ireland
Luxembourg0 - 4Russia
Portugal1 - 1Israel
Fri 11th Oct - Group H
Moldova3 - 0San Marino
Ukraine1 - 0Poland
England4 - 1Montenegro
Fri 11th Oct - Group C
Faroe Islands1 - 1Kazakhstan
Sweden2 - 1Austria
Germany3 - 0Rep Ireland
Fri 11th Oct - Group E
Albania1 - 2Switzerland
Slovenia3 - 0Norway
Iceland2 - 0Cyprus
Fri 11th Oct - Group D
Netherlands8 - 1Hungary
Andorra0 - 4Romania
Estonia0 - 2Turkey
Fri 11th Oct - Group I
Spain2 - 1Belarus
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FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group B
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FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group D
FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group E
FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group F
FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group G
FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group H
FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group I