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Euro 2000 Qualifying Group 1. Switzerland v Wales

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Match Report

Stephane Chapuisat's double strike brought our Euro 2000 qualifying hopes to a shuddering halt in Zurich.

Our hopes had been boosted by successive group wins against Denmark and Belarus but Chapuisat dealt their hopes of qualifying for Euro 2000 a real blow.

The Swiss striker scored in each half to put the Swiss into second place.

We lost keeper Paul Jones, hit the post and had a goal disallowed.

But after conceding inside the first four minutes, we found ourselves always chasing the game.

We started with skipper Gary Speed playing as sweeper, but that plan was abandoned after Chapuisat scored his opening goal.

We reverted back to 4-4-2 with Speed returning to midfield.

It meant that Mark Pembridge and John Robinson found themselves forced into a more orthodox full back roles.

It wasn't a poor performance but we couldn't make the breakthrough after that early goal. We could not find that extra piece skill or invention to turn the game back in our favour.

Key moments
First Half
Sebastian Fournier's free kick from the right was headed down by Stefan Wolf. A poor defensive clearance and Chapuisat fired home from close range.
Andy Johnson's header hit the foot of a post from a John Robinson cross.
Paul Jones was helped from the field. Mark Crossley came on.
Blake headed the ball back across the goal for Chris Coleman to stab home only for Blake to be penalised for pushing down on a swiss defender.

Half time score 1- 0

Second Half
Chapuisat created chances with fine play on the right wing for Wicky and Fournier.
Mark Hughes had a overhead kick blocked by the Swiss keeper on the line.
Patrick Muller got away from Pembridge on the right and crossed, Chapuisat shot past Mark Crossley.

Team line-ups
Switzerland Wales
1 Brunner 1 Jones
2 Jeanneret 2 Robinson
3 Fournier 3 Pembridge
4 Henchoz 4 Savage
5 Wolf 5 Symons
6 Vogel 6 Coleman
7 Muller 7 Johnson
8 Wicky 8 Saunders
9 Chapuisat 9 Blake
10 Sofrza  10 Hughes
11 Comisetti 11 Speed
12 Huber 12 Delaney
13 Di Jorio 13 Trollope
14 Buhlmann 14 Bellamy
15 Lonfat 15 Melville
16 De Napoli 16 Coates
17 Rey 17 Hartson
  21 Crossley

Match details
Half-time 1 - 0 
Full-time 2 - 0 
Date 31.03.1999 
Kick off 20:15 
Venue Letzigrund Stadium
City / town Zurich
Attendance 13,500
Referee Miroslav LIBA

Match facts
  26'  JONES (off) / CROSSLEY (on) 
  37'  HUGHES
48'  VOGEL  
  58'  SAVAGE
  64'  BLAKE (off) / HARTSON (on) 
68'  COMISETTI (off) / BUHLMANN (on)   
  72'  HUGHES (off) / BELLAMY (on) 

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