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Euro 2000 Qualifying Group 1. Wales v Switzerland

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Match Report
On the whole another poor display in this final Euro 2000 qualifier against Switzerland.

Wales kept the 4-4-2 formation that was used against Belarus with Robert Page partnering Chris Coleman in the heart of defence, and Mark Delaney winning his first cap at right-back. John Oster came in to replace Ryan Giggs on the left, whilst Robbie Savage returned to replace the injured Mark Pembridge. Dean Saunders once again partnered Nathan Blake upfront.

In the first half poor defending left Alexandre Rey unmarked and he headed home from close range. The only worthwhile chance for Wales came from a Nathan Blake run and cross which was meet by Dean Saunders, but he failed to connect properly and guided the ball wide of the far post.

Early in the second half Nathan Blake headed over the bar from a John Oster cross, before the Swiss broke away after a Wales corner to score with a Patrik Bulhmann back heel. After that neither keeper was really tested in a poor game.

Key moments
First Half
12 mins: A late run into the box by John Robinson saw him bounce a snap shot on to the angle of the bar.
15 mins: From a Sesa free-kick Hodel got a free header eight yards out from which Paul Jones made a superb one-handed save by his left hand post.
17 mins: Buhlmann's corner was nodded back at the far by Haas, and an unmarked Rey headed the ball home six yards.
40 mins: Nathan Blake broke away down the left, his low cross reached Dean Saunders who placed his shot wide of the far post.
Half time score 1-1
Second Half
52 mins A John Oster cross from inside the box on the left, was meet by Nathan Blake who headed the ball over the bar.
59 mins Zuberbuhler hurled the ball out to Di Jorio on the left, who then raced down field unchallenged, he then crossed to Buhlmann who was challenged by Paul Jones and John Robinson, the ball then broke lose to Buhlmann again who's clever back heel rolled into an empty net.

Team line-ups
Wales Switzerland
1 P Jones 1 Zuberbuhler
2 Delaney 2 Haas
3 Barnard 3 Di Jorio
4 Page 4 Henchoz
5 Coleman 5 Hodel
6 Savage 6 Vogel
7 J Robinson 7 Sesa
8 Saunders 8 Jacquet
9 Blake 9 Rey
10 Speed 10 Jeanneret
11 Oster 11 Buhlmann
12 Trollope 12 Pascal
13 C Robinson 13 Wof
14 Symons 14 Wyss
15 Hartson 15 Comisetti
16 Roberts 16 Muller
17 M Jones  
21 Crossley  

Match details
Half-time 0-1
Full-time 0-2
Date 09.10.1999
Kick off 19:30
Venue Racecourse Ground
City / town Wrexham
Attendance 5,064
Referee S Papadakos. (Greece).

Match facts
  17   - Rey
  51   - Zuberbuhler
  59   - Buhlmann
Coleman -   65  
Hartson (Saunders) - 67  
  67   - Comisetti (Rey)
  72   - Wyss (Jacquet)
M Jones (Oster) - 78  
Roberts (Blake) - 78  
Barnard -   88  
  90   - Jeanneret

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