Switzerland v France, 21 June 2004

Score3-1 to France
RefereeĽuboš Micheľ
CompetitionUEFA European Championship Finals Group B
VenueEstádio Cidade de Coimbra, Coimbra
Attendance28,111
Kick-off: 7:45pm local Assistant referees: Igor Šramka (Slovakia) Martin Balko (Slovakia) Fourth official: Kyros Vassaras (Greece) Man of the Match: Zinedine Zidane (France) Holders France assured themselves of a quarter-final match-up with Greece after a hard-earned victory over gallant Switzerland in Coimbra ensured they finished above England atop Group B. Switzerland were in with a chance of a last-eight berth themselves after Johan Vonlanthen had cancelled out Zinédine Zidane's strike inside the first half-hour. Two late Thierry Henry goals finally subdued the battling underdogs to knock them out of the competition. Switzerland coach Jakob Kuhn sprung a surprise before the game, relegating veteran Stéphane Chapuisat to the bench. With the other main striker Alexander Frei suspended, promising teenager Vonlanthen started up front, with another forward, Daniel Gygax, also making his first tournament start as Kuhn rang the changes. Jacques Santini made four changes to his XI following the draw against Croatia, with Bixente Lizarazu, Robert Pirès, Willy Sagnol and Claude Makelele coming into the side. France dominated the early possession, but Switzerland broke out from the pressure to create the first dangerous moment, Hakan Yakin prodding an effort wide from a Gygax cross. Dogged Switzerland kept up their momentum, and Fabien Barthez tipped over a curling Hakan Yakin free-kick before Jörg Stiel went down to save a low Lizarazu drive at the other end. But it was France who broke the deadlock on 20 minutes. Pirès swung over a right-wing corner and Zidane climbed above Stiel to nod the ball in. Buoyed by the goal, France enjoyed a spell of pressure. Henry headed over when well placed, but Switzerland battled back, and equalised with their first goal of the tournament on 26 minutes. Vonlanthen broke into the area and shot low past Barthez to become – at 18 years and 141 days – the UEFA European Championship's youngest scorer, breaking the record of England's Wayne Rooney set against Switzerland last Thursday. A fascinating game flowed from end to end, with Switzerland matching the holders punch for punch, although Henry headed just wide near the whistle. The second half began in similar hectic vein. Santini had brought on William Gallas for Sagnol in a bid to fire his stuttering team, but Switzerland continued to knock the holders off of their stride. Fighting for every ball, the underdogs continued to confound the odds, and a Raphael Wicky cross caused panic in the box before Murat Yakin climbed to nod a Hakan Yakin free-kick just wide. France were finding it hard to create opportunities, but finally replied with a Pirès volley easily held by Stiel. It was still anybody's match when, with 14 minutes to go, Les Bleus broke through. Henry found space to latch on to a through ball and prod past Stiel and then, with six minutes to play, he added his second and France's third to make sure of quarter-final with Greece on Friday.

1  Switzerland

Manager: Köbi Kuhn

3  France

Manager: Jacques Santini

Goals:

Johann Vonlanthen 26 G

Goals:

Zinédine Zidane 20 G
Thierry Henry 76 G
Thierry Henry 84 G

Starting lineup:

Goalkeeper Jorg Stiel (captain)
Defender/Midfielder Christoph Spycher
Midfielder Ricardo Cabanas
Midfielder Daniel Gygax
Midfielder Patrick Müller
Midfielder Johann Vogel
Midfielder Raphaël Wicky
Midfielder Hakan Yakin
Midfielder/Forward Johann Vonlanthen
Forward Murat Yakin

Starting lineup:

Goalkeeper Fabien Barthez
Defender Bixente Lizarazu
Defender Willy Sagnol
Defender Lilian Thuram
Midfielder Claude Makélélé
Midfielder Robert Pirés
Midfielder Patrick Vieira
Midfielder Zinédine Zidane (captain)
Forward Thierry Henry

Substitutions:

Benjamin Huggel for Hakan Yakin 60
Milaim Rama for Daniel Gygax 85
Ludovic Magnin for Stéphane Henchoz 85

Substitutions:

William Gallas for Willy Sagnol 46
Louis Saha for David Trézéguet 75
Jean-Alain Boumsong for William Gallas 90

Cards:

Hakan Yakin 43 Y
Raphaël Wicky 66 Y
Benjamin Huggel 75 Y

Cards:

Thierry Henry 47 Y

On the bench:

Goalkeeper Sébastien Roth
Goalkeeper Pascal Zuberbühler
Defender Marco Zwyssig
Defender/Left back Bruno Berner
Midfielder Tranquillo Barnetta
Midfielder Fabio Celestini
Midfielder Benjamin Huggel
Midfielder Ludovic Magnin
Forward Milaim Rama

On the bench:

Goalkeeper Gregory Coupet
Goalkeeper Mickaël Landreau
Defender Marcel Desailly
Defender William Gallas
Midfielder Olivier Dacourt
Midfielder Benoît Pedretti
Midfielder Jerome Rothen
Forward Sidney Govou
Forward Steve Marlet
Forward Louis Saha
Forward Sylvain Wiltord