| Matchday 1 | Switzerland 1 - 0 Czech Republic | Sverkos (71') |

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| Matchday 1 | Switzerland 1 - 0 Czech Republic | Sverkos (71') |

Post by DeJesus5 on Sun May 18, 2008 9:34 pm



Group A - 07 June 2008

Switzerland 1 - 0 Czech Republic

Goals: Svěrkoš (71')

Venue
St. Jakob-Park - Basel



Review
Switzerland party crashed by Svěrkoš



Czech Republic substitute Václav Svěrkoš crashed the party for co-hosts Switzerland by scoring the only goal of the UEFA EURO 2008™ curtain-raiser in Basel.

Deflated
Sverkoš struck after 71 minutes to defeat a home side already deflated by a knee injury to forward Alexander Frei. The closest the Swiss came to rescuing a Group A point was a Johan Vonlanthen shot off the underside of the crossbar.

Bright start
If the opening ceremony did the traditional job of canning the host countries' best characteristics in an attractive package, the opening match started as anything but the typical cagey affair. There was a roar of anticipation when Switzerland captain Frei fired wide. Then Tranquillo Barnetta whipped in a cross to continue the frenzy. Valon Behrami was next to impress, outwitting Jaroslav Plašil and Marek Jankulovski before testing the Czech Republic's air defences.

End to end
But this was no early siege. David Jarolím caused anxiety among the predominantly partisan home crowd with a cross-shot that back-tracking Diego Bengalio touched to safety. Jarolím's next act, however, was to lose a challenge to Behrami, providing the springboard for the midfielder to let fly a shot which Petr Čech parried. The deeper-lying Gökhan Inler took that as his cue to sidestep a defender and strike, albeit into Čech's arms.

Frei threat
It was a less intricate movement – a long thump forward unattended by Czech Republic centre-backs David Rozehnal and Tomáš Ujfaluši – which resulted in Switzerland's most incisive moment of the first half. Frei, his country's 35-goal leading scorer, darted between defenders and Čech but flicked his shot against the goalkeeper's legs. Jan Koller has long been to the Czechs what Frei is to the Swiss. The St. Jakob-Park crowd got a reminder of the totem's menace when he escaped markers Philippe Senderos and Patrick Müller and narrowly failed to connect with Plašil's dangerous delivery.

Agony
Back at the other end, Frei stung the hands of Čech from 20 metres after a loose ball had undone Karel Brückner's side. But when Frei's left knee was caught in a tangle with Zdeněk Grygera close to half-time, the effect to the co-hosts was a far greater body blow than the challenge itself. The 28-year-old BV Borussia Dortmund player left the field in tears. Just what Switzerland coach Jakob Kuhn did not need.

Yakin influence
The beginning of the second period brought some cheer. Hakan Yakin, on for Frei, announced his arrival by turning his markers and earning a free-kick which Barnetta placed centimetres too high. Then the ball just would not drop for the No16 as he chested down Yakin's cross inside the area. Swiss passions stirred anew: Magnin looped in a shot before Barnetta volleyed over from Stephan Lichtsteiner's inviting centre.

Super sub
But after Magnin was booked for a foul on Libor Sionko, the Czech Republic forward should have scored from Jankulovski's perfectly flighted free-kick. Yakin was no less guilty with a free header as he attempted to enhance his reputation as an impact substitute. Instead, Svěrkoš took on the role with 19 minutes remaining. Following a period of Czech pressure prompted by Sionko and Plašil, the striker latched on to Zdeněk Grygera's forward header to direct a cool, low finish to Benaglio's left – the 24-year-old's first international goal. A player from FC Baník Ostrava had just ruined Switzerland's big day.


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Re: | Matchday 1 | Switzerland 1 - 0 Czech Republic | Sverkos (71') |

Post by Latino_Heat on Sun Jun 08, 2008 12:03 am

i felt bad for Switzerland when Frei left with injury thumbs down he was such a threat to Czech and had acouple of great chances. When he was on, i thought it was only a matter of time till he put one in for Swiss..but then he got that injured

Puttin my portuguese passion aside(lol), i really hope Frei will be playing again for Swiss since he's one of their top players...but from what i seen it doesnt look like it thumbs down sad to see


On the contrary, nothin really big happened in this game in my opinion.
I really think the ref should've game Swiss the pk..i forgot which defender it was now but the Czech defender clearly made a hand ball in their own box

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Re: | Matchday 1 | Switzerland 1 - 0 Czech Republic | Sverkos (71') |

Post by DeJesus5 on Sun Jun 08, 2008 12:10 am

It wasn't the best of games. Overall it wasn't a bad start neither.

I felt well sorry for Frei. Barnetta and Frei were the 2 only player's that looks to threaten the Czech's and when Frei got that injury the Swiss were all but fucked. I think that may have been the start and end of Frei's Euro Campaign, i hope not but i think it was. The injury looked very nasty.

I wish him all the luck though and hope he recover's.

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