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UEFA U21 Championship

  • June 22, 2011
  • • 3:00 PM
  • • MCH Arena, Herning
  • Referee: R. Schörgenhofer
  • • Attendance: 5038

Switzerland U21 1-0 Czech Republic U21 (AET): Mehmedi stunner books final place with Spain

Switzerland U21 1-0 Czech Republic U21 (AET): Mehmedi stunner books final place with Spain


Admir Mehmedi's 25 yard wonder goal was enough to decide a nervous semi-final encounter as the Swiss adventurous gameplay was rewarded sending its defensive opponent home

Switzerland saw off the Czech Republic 1-0 in dramatic fashion in its semifinal match to set up a grandstand final against Spain on Saturday.

Admir Mehmedi struck a magnificent shot into the bottom corner in the 114th minute to seal the win after the tiring effort put in by both teams.

The Swiss were immediately out of the blocks as Xherdan Shaqiri gave yet another example of why he is one of the best players of the tournament so far but his shot skipped past the post after some nifty footwork. Jakub Dovalil’s Czech side eventually got a foothold in the game after a nervy start and Dockal almost scored a surprise opener. The captain saw his 30 yard drive at goal flash just wide of the left hand post. 

Clear cuts chances were near non-existent as both teams seemed content to feel each other out for the opening 45 minutes. Fouls disrupted the rhythm momentarily and despite extended periods of possession for the Swiss late on in the half, they couldn’t find a killer ball to make their class count. Both teams headed into the dressing room for halftime knowing a lot more could be expected of them for the second period.

After a decent chance for Kozak early in the second half was wastefully sliced wide, the game reverted back to its first half routine. Chances were once more at a premium because of staunch Czech defending and meek Swiss attacking. Time and again attacks for each team broke down as nobody wanted to take risks and be responsible for their country’s elimination with the stakes raised so high.

With the game heading into injury time, Shaqiri almost grabbed a spectacular late winner. Unleashing a powerful shot, it cannoned back off the post with Vaclik beaten in the Czech goal but extra-time was unavoidable.

The first half of extra-time went agonizingly by as the resolute Czech’s wouldn’t succumb to a dominating but tentative Switzerland team. The players sluggishly knocked the ball around trying to use as little energy as possible.

The second half looked to be following the same pattern as the rest of the 105 minutes until Admir Mehmedi reacted to a loose ball 25 yards out from goal. He smacked the ball into the bottom right corner to ensure Switzerland were worthy victors of this draining encounter and set up the showdown with Spain on Satuday.

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