Switzerland v Portugal, 15 June 2008

Score2-0 to Switzerland
RefereeKonrad Plautz
CompetitionUEFA European Championship Finals Group A
VenueSt Jakob Park, Basel
Attendance40,000
Kick-Off: 8.45pm local Assistant referees: Egon Bereuter (Austria) Markus Mayr (Austria) Fourth official: Ivan Bebek (Croatia) Man of the Match: Hakan Yakin (Switzerland) Co-hosts Switzerland brought the curtain down on their UEFA EURO 2008 campaign with a stirring performance at St. Jakob Park, signing off with a victory thanks to two second-half goals from Hakan Yakin. Though it was not enough to take them off the bottom of Group A, the win restored pride in a side who had been left with little else to play for after opening the tournament with successive defeats. Yakin struck on 71 minutes then again from the penalty spot with seven minutes left. Prior to that, a second-string Portugal team – featuring only three starters from their previous victory – had made enough chances to win, although they should be back at full strength when they return here for Thursday's quarter-final. Köbi Kuhn was overseeing his last match in charge of Switzerland and he recalled ever-popular 37-year-old goalkeeper Pascal Zuberbühler for his first taste of UEFA EURO 2008 while midfielder Johan Vonlanthen replaced Tranquillo Barnetta. Though there was nothing at stake in the group, Switzerland fans were determined to give Kuhn and his side a rousing send-off and they were in full voice early on. Portugal, though, were giving more reason to cheer. Luiz Felipe Scolari's reserves were playing for their places and Ricardo Quaresma showed his credentials on seven minutes with a delightful pass flicked from behind his standing leg which Hélder Postiga headed wide. Ten minutes later Nani caught the eye, firing a low free-kick into the box to Pepe whose touch was spectacularly tipped on to the bar by Zuberbühler. It was not all one-way traffic, however, and goalkeeper Ricardo pushed a Gökhan Inler effort over before blocking Valon Behrami's shot with his legs. Chances were coming thick and fast, and just before the half-hour Ricardo was again pressed into action to palm away Yakin's header. With the latter stages of the competition in mind, Scolari brought on Jorge Ribeiro – brother of Maniche, a star of the 2004 finals – for Paulo Ferreira in the 41st minute as the Chelsea FC full-back had been booked. The start of the second half brought more missed opportunities. Postiga headed over, Nani hit the post when clean through, and Zuberbühler saved from Quaresma. Quite what Eusébio, watching from the stands, made of such profligacy did not bear thinking about. Portugal were almost made to pay when substitute Barnetta snapped a shot at goal from close range on the hour – Pepe coming to the rescue with a brilliant block. Four minutes later Vonlanthen had the cow bells ringing again with a rasping drive that clipped the post. The breakthrough finally came on 71 minutes when Eren Derdiyok's deft touch slipped Yakin in behind the Portugal defence and the 31-year-old rifled the ball beyond Ricardo. Yakin made sure of the points after 83 minutes with a powerfully struck penalty after Fernando Meira had impeded Barnetta's run in the box. That left St. Jakob Park buzzing, yet it is the Portuguese who live to fight another day.

2  Switzerland

Manager: Kobi Kuhn

0  Portugal

Manager: Luiz Felipe Scolari

Goals:

Hakan Yakin 71 G
Hakan Yakin penalty 83 P

Goals:

Starting lineup:

Goalkeeper Pascal Zuberbühler
Defender/Centre back Philippe Senderos
Defender/Midfielder Valon Behrami
Midfielder Gelson Fernandes
Midfielder Gokhan Inler
Midfielder Ludovic Magnin (captain)
Midfielder Patrick Müller
Midfielder Hakan Yakin
Midfielder/Forward Johann Vonlanthen
Forward Eren Derdiyok

Starting lineup:

Goalkeeper Ricardo
Defender Bruno Alves
Defender Fernando Meira (captain)
Defender Paulo Ferreira
Defender Pepe
Defender/Midfielder Miguel
Defender/Midfielder Miguel Veloso
Midfielder Nani
Midfielder Raul Meireles
Midfielder/Forward Ricardo Quaresma

Substitutions:

Tranquillo Barnetta for Johann Vonlanthen 61
Stephane Grichting for Stefan Lichtsteiner 85
Ricardo Cabanas for Hakan Yakin 86

Substitutions:

Jorge Ribeiro for Paulo Ferreira 41
João Moutinho for Miguel Veloso 70
Hugo Almeida for Hélder Postiga 74

Cards:

Hakan Yakin 28 Y
Johann Vonlanthen 37 Y
Tranquillo Barnetta 81 Y
Gelson Fernandes 90 Y

Cards:

Paulo Ferreira 30 Y
Jorge Ribeiro 64 Y
Fernando Meira 78 Y
Miguel 81 Y

On the bench:

Goalkeeper Diego Benaglio
Goalkeeper Eldin Jakupović
Defender Johann Djourou
Defender/Midfielder Christoph Spycher
Midfielder Tranquillo Barnetta
Midfielder Ricardo Cabanas
Midfielder David Degen
Midfielder Daniel Gygax
Midfielder Benjamin Huggel

On the bench:

Goalkeeper Nuno
Goalkeeper Rui Patrício
Defender Ricardo Carvalho
Defender Jorge Ribeiro
Defender/Midfielder Jose Bosingwa
Midfielder Deco
Midfielder João Moutinho
Midfielder Petit
Midfielder Simão
Midfielder/Forward Cristiano Ronaldo
Forward Hugo Almeida
Forward Nuno Gomes

Comments:

- Switzerland booked their first ever win at the European Championship, and in so doing ended an eight-match sequence without victory. - Hakan Yakin became Switzerland's all-time top scorer at the European Championship after scoring his second and third goals of Euro 2008. Pascal Zuberbuhler (37 years and 159 days) became the oldest player to play for Switzerland at a major tournament (European Championship and World Cup). - Pascal Zuberbuhler and Eren Derdiyok (20 years and three days) were fielded in Switzerland's starting line-up with an age difference of 17 years and 156 days.

Comments:

- This defeat ended Portugal's record streak of seven successive wins in group phase matches at European Championships and World Cups combined. - Also their unbeaten streak in competitive matches of 13 was ended, which was their second best such sequence ever. Their last competitive defeat before this came on 11 October 2006 in a Euro 2008 qualifier against Poland (2-1). - The 2-0 reverse marks Portugal's biggest loss at European Championships and equals their biggest defeat at a major tournament (European Championship and World Cup).