Togo v Switzerland, 19 June 2006

Score2-0 to Switzerland
RefereeCarlos Amarilla
CompetitionFIFA World Cup Finals group G
VenueWestfalenstadion, Dortmund
Attendance65,000
Kick-Off: 15:00 Local (14:00 BST) Assistant referees: Amelio Andino (Paraguay) Manuel Bernal (Paraguay) Fourth official: Mohamed Guezzaz (Morocco) Fifth official: Brahim Djezzar (Algeria) Switzerland stepped up their bid for a place in the knock-out stages and ended Togo's campaign thanks to goals from Alexander Frei and Tranquillo Barnetta. Rennes striker Frei neatly stabbed home the unmarked Barnetta's cross from close-range after 17 minutes. Togo were denied a decent penalty claim when Emmanuel Adebayor was chopped down and Mohammed Kader twice went close. But despite a sustained spell of Togo pressure, Barnetta rifled in late on to send the World Cup debutants home. After the 2-1 defeat to South Korea in their first match, the African side needed to avoid defeat in Dortmund to stand any chance of getting out of the group. This was Togo's first meeting with Switzerland at any level.

0  Togo

Manager: Otto Pfister

2  Switzerland

Manager: Jakob Kuhn

Goals:

Goals:

Alexandre Frei 16 G
Tranquillo Barnetta 88 G

Starting lineup:

Goalkeeper Kossi Agassa
Defender Richmond Forson
Defender Daré Nibombé
Defender Massamesso Tchangai (captain)
Defender Assimiou Toure
Defender/Midfielder Alaixys Romao
Midfielder Kuami Agboh
Midfielder Cherif-Toure Maman
Forward Thomas Dossevi
Forward Mohamed Kader

Starting lineup:

Goalkeeper Pascal Zuberbühler
Defender Philipp Degen
Defender/Centre back Philippe Senderos
Midfielder Tranquillo Barnetta
Midfielder Ricardo Cabanas
Midfielder Daniel Gygax
Midfielder Ludovic Magnin
Midfielder Patrick Müller
Midfielder Johann Vogel (captain)
Midfielder Raphaël Wicky
Forward Alexandre Frei

Substitutions:

Moustapha Salifou for Kuami Agboh 25
Yao Junior Senaya for Thomas Dossevi 69
Robert Malm for Cherif-Toure Maman 87

Substitutions:

Hakan Yakin for Daniel Gygax 46
Marco Streller for Ricardo Cabanas 77
Mauro Lustrinelli for Alexandre Frei 87

Cards:

Moustapha Salifou 45 Y
Emmanuel Adebayor 47 Y
Alaixys Romao 53 Y

Cards:

Johann Vogel 90 Y

On the bench:

Goalkeeper Kodjovi Obilale
Defender Erik Akoto
Midfielder Ludovic Assemoassa
Midfielder Franck Atsou Edem
Midfielder Yao Aziawonou
Midfielder Affo Erassa
Forward Robert Malm

On the bench:

Goalkeeper Diego Benaglio
Goalkeeper Fabio Coltorti
Defender Johann Djourou
Defender/Midfielder Valon Behrami
Defender/Midfielder Christoph Spycher
Midfielder David Degen
Midfielder Blerim Dzemaili
Midfielder Xavier Margairaz
Midfielder Hakan Yakin
Forward Marco Streller

Comments:

Togo's players had threatened to boycott this game due a continuing pay dispute. Due to a second yellow card, Alaixys Romao will miss Togo's final group game against France.

Comments:

The opening goal by Alexandre Frei was Switzerland's first in the World Cup finals since Georges Bregy completed the scoring in their 4-1 win against Romania at Detroit in the 1994 finals. Having failed to keep a clean sheet in their record first 22 World Cup final matches, Switzerland have now kept two in a row.