Switzerland v Korea Republic, 23 June 2006

Score2-0 to Switzerland
RefereeHoracio Marcelo Elizondo
CompetitionFIFA World Cup Finals group G
VenueAWD-Arena, Hannover
Attendance43,000
Kick-Off: 21:00 Local (20:00 BST) Assistant referees: Darío García (Argentina) Rodolfo Otero (Argentina) Fourth official: Essam Abd El Fatah (Egypt) Fifth official: Dramane Danté (Mali) Man of the Match: Alexander Frei (Switzerland) Switzerland booked their place in the second round with a gutsy victory in their final Group G game in Hanover. Hakan Yakin's pin-point cross was met by the brave Philippe Senderos who powerfully headed Switzerland in front. Jin-Chul Choi and Chun-Soo Lee went close for South Korea before Alexander Frei scored a controversial second. Frei rounded the keeper after the referee overruled his assistant's offside flag, ensuring the Swiss will now meet Ukraine in the second round. This was the first meeting between Switzerland and South Korea at 'A' international level. They had previously met at Youth and Under-21.

2  Switzerland

Manager: Jakob Kuhn

0  Korea Republic

Manager: Dick Advocaat

Goals:

Philippe Senderos 23 G
Alexandre Frei 77 G

Goals:

Starting lineup:

Goalkeeper Pascal Zuberbuhler
Defender Philipp Degen
Defender/Centre back Philippe Senderos
Defender/Midfielder Christoph Spycher
Midfielder Tranquillo Barnetta
Midfielder Ricardo Cabanas
Midfielder Patrick Muller
Midfielder Johann Vogel (captain)
Midfielder Raphaël Wicky
Midfielder Hakan Yakin
Forward Alexandre Frei

Starting lineup:

Goalkeeper LEE Woon-Jae (captain)
Defender KIM Dong-jin
Defender CHOI Jin-Cheul
Defender KIM Jin-Kyu
Defender/Midfielder LEE Young-pyo
Midfielder LEE Ho
Midfielder CHO Jae-Jin
Midfielder PARK Ji-sung
Midfielder KIM Nam-Il
Forward PARK Chu-young
Forward LEE Chun-soo

Substitutions:

Johann Djourou for Philippe Senderos 53
Xavier Margairaz for Hakan Yakin 71
Valon Behrami for Raphaël Wicky 88

Substitutions:

AHN Jung-Hwan for LEE Young-pyo 63
SEOL Ki-Hyeon for PARK Chu-young 66

Cards:

Philippe Senderos 43 Y
Hakan Yakin 55 Y
Raphaël Wicky 69 Y
Christoph Spycher 83 Y
Johann Djourou 90 Y

Cards:

PARK Chu-young 23 Y
KIM Jin-Kyu 37 Y
CHOI Jin-Cheul 78 Y
AHN Jung-Hwan 78 Y
LEE Chun-soo 80 Y

On the bench:

Goalkeeper Diego Benaglio
Goalkeeper Fabio Coltorti
Defender/Centre back Johann Djourou
Defender/Midfielder Valon Behrami
Midfielder David Degen
Midfielder Blerim Dzemaili
Midfielder Daniel Gygax
Midfielder Ludovic Magnin
Midfielder Xavier Margairaz
Forward Marco Streller

On the bench:

Goalkeeper KIM Yong-dae
Goalkeeper KIM Young-kwang
Defender SONG Chong-Gug
Defender KIM Sang-sik
Defender KIM Young-Chul
Midfielder KIM Do-heon
Midfielder LEE Eul-Yong
Midfielder Baek Ji-Hoon
Midfielder CHO Won-Hee
Forward AHN Jung-Hwan
Forward SEOL Ki-Hyeon
Forward CHUNG Kyung-Ho

Comments:

Switzerland finish as winners of Group G. It is the first time they've finished as group winners. Switzerland last reached the second phase in 1994 when they lost 0-3 to Spain in Washington. Switzerland were are the only team to negotiate the group stage of the 2006 World Cup finals without conceding a goal. They kept their first-ever World Cup finals clean sheet in their opeing game against France to an end the all-time competition record of 22 matches without a clean sheet.

Comments:

South Korea finish in third place in Group G.