Switzerland Hold England 2-2 In Shock Result


This was supposed to be a comfortable England win in the European 2012 qualifier, as England had easily beaten Switzerland  3-1 away.

Switzerland’s second goal scored by Barnetta – where was Milner?

But it was not to be and Switzerland played their hearts out on the Wembley turf today, to get a well deserved draw, and they could even have nicked their first win against England in England, near the end, with a bit of luck.

The Swiss side included former Newcastle targets back in 2008, Gokhan Inler, the Swiss captain and midfielder, and 22 year old striker Eren Derdiyok.

And number 7 for the Swiss was Tranquillo Barnetta, who plays for Bayer Leverkusen in Germany, and is thought to be target this summer for Newcastle United.

Barnetta set up an early chance for Switzerland after just 6 minutes but Joe Hart made a good save.

Then on 32 minutes Switzerland surprisingly went ahead.

It was a free kick lofted in by Barnetta and the ball alluded everybody including England goalkeeper Joe Hart and the ball went into the goal off the post.

But things got worse for England just a couple of minutes later, when  the Swiss went two up with some terrible defending from James Milner.

And it was that man Barnetta again, as he took another free kick from the left, and England has a two man wall, but former Newcastle winger James Milner pulled away from the wall, as the kick was being taken, and the ball was hit into the empty space and squeezed into the goal past a despairing Hart.

Joe Hart had been left completely exposed by Milner – what was he doing?

Note to Alan Pardew – sign Tranquillo Barnetta up in the summer.

England got back in the game after 37 minutes through a penalty – the last thing Switzerland should have been conceding.

Frank Lampard took the kick, and just about squeezed it it under the Swiss goalkeeper, to make it 2-1 and give England a lifeline.

But it was still a surprising 2-1 scoreline to Switzerland at the half.

However, the Swiss shocked everybody by attacking England in that first half, as they usually defend dourly, and even deserved their half time lead.

Ashley Young was brought on at the break and the Aston Villa substitute showed his quality after 51 minutes.

James Milner put a nice cross into the box, and Leighton Baines brilliantly chested the ball down to Ashley Young, and the Villa winger hit the ball beautifully into the back of the net with his right foot.

An excellently worked goal by England to draw level with the Swiss.

This was turning into a pulsating game at Wembley, and it was end to end stuff, and credit to Switzerland who  wanted the win, and were not content with the score at 2-2.

Midway through the second half, a brilliant surging run through the middle by 19 year-old Jack Wilshere seemed to set Darren Bent up with the go ahead goal, but the goalkeeper made a good save as he smothered the ball at Bent’s feet.

Then ion 70 minutes the goalkeeper could only parry a great shot from Ashley Young, and Darren Bent with the goal at his mercy, somehow hit the ball over the cross-bar – a terrible miss by Bent.

With 10 minutes to go it was anybody’s game as both teams were looking for the winner, and of course Switzerland had never beaten England on our home turf.

On 82 minutes England almost got the winner,  when a bad mistake by Arsenal’s Djourou, let in James Milner on the left, but Ashley Young couldn’t quite get to the cross  and hit it over the bar.

England had a corner in the very last minute,  but couldn’t  get the all important winning goal, and it must be looked on as 2 points dropped by England, but a great result and a terrific performance from the Swiss.

And one little fact – England have now failed to get a win in their last 4 games at Wembley, which is the longest run without a win at Wembley in 30 years.

The English press will probably blame Fabio Capello – because he’s the only one who isn’t English. 😀

Team Line Ups:

England: Hart, Glen Johnson, Terry, Ferdinand, Cole, Parker, Lampard, Wilshere, Walcott, Milner, Bent.
Subs: Green, Jagielka, Baines, Barry, Young, Downing, Zamora.

Switzerland: Benaglio, Lichtsteiner, Senderos, Djourou, Ziegler, Behrami, Barnetta, Inler, Shaqiri, Derdiyok, Xhaka.
Subs: Wolfli, Von Bergen,Emeghara, Dzemaili, Fernandes, Mehmedi, Margairaz.



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589 comments so far

  • geordiejohn42

    Jun 4, 2011 at 6:48 PM

    Comment #1

    1st … Get on and a cases of lucozade as first price to lol

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  • BWFFBW

    Jun 4, 2011 at 6:52 PM

    Comment #2

    No Joey no result!

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  • niafron

    Jun 4, 2011 at 6:52 PM

    Comment #3

    @geordiejohn42

    1st?

    Yes, i got the same problem with my wife…

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  • ochytoon

    Jun 4, 2011 at 6:53 PM

    Comment #4

    I thought kick off was at 7 so missed the match 🙁

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  • BWFFBW

    Jun 4, 2011 at 6:53 PM

    Comment #5

    Why do English Goalkeepers suck so badly???

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  • niafron

    Jun 4, 2011 at 6:55 PM

    Comment #6

    BWFFBW

    We french people are asking ourselves the question since decades…

    The greatest mystery of Mankind.

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  • ochytoon

    Jun 4, 2011 at 6:56 PM

    Comment #7

    Has anyone noticed that since Hart has returned to Man shitty he has not been performing as well as when he was at Birmingham. I think the money has gone to his head and he knows that he doesn’t have to play well to earn £100 k a week

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  • ochytoon

    Jun 4, 2011 at 6:57 PM

    Comment #8

    niafron
    How much do rate Lloris

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  • hainesy

    Jun 4, 2011 at 6:57 PM

    Comment #9

    We also after Shaqiri?

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  • CynicalasEva

    Jun 4, 2011 at 6:59 PM

    Comment #10

    After watching 75 mins of dross we must never buy any english player again – bring them through the academy by all means – but buying these overpriced, worthless, effortless dross is pointless.
    Look at the Swiss team the likes of Barnetta and Shakira (?) would walk into most teams, but cost a fraction of the likes of Downing, Milner, Parker, Walcott and co

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  • grumpy_old_sod

    Jun 4, 2011 at 7:00 PM

    Comment #11

    Poor England performance in my opinion. Milner and Walcott should be shot, hart not much better. England couldn’t seem to keep possession in the second half and resorted to too many long balls.

    Sad day when the Swiss are the better side, but they were.

    Anyway at least we can continue with transfer speculation now.

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  • CynicalasEva

    Jun 4, 2011 at 7:00 PM

    Comment #12

    and as for bent – the words of harry hadanap never rang truer

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  • free giveaways

    Jun 4, 2011 at 7:02 PM

    Comment #13

    The English team are so poor technically. They got outplayed by Switzerland. England haven’t got any technically gifted players so they can’t keep the ball. The English players get so over hyped by the English press and therefore cost ridiculous money (Carroll £35m, Bent £24m).

    I’m glad we’re trying to sign players from the French league. The French are the second best nation in Europe behind Spain when it comes to producing technically gifted players, players with great touch and vision.

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  • niafron

    Jun 4, 2011 at 7:02 PM

    Comment #14

    lloris? Excellent, really, i can’t say more. One of the ten’s best Goalkeeper in the world, no doubt, maybe even in the top 5.

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  • Brutooon

    Jun 4, 2011 at 7:02 PM

    Comment #15

    Milner had a poor season at man city and he is poor tonite

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  • BWFFBW

    Jun 4, 2011 at 7:02 PM

    Comment #16

    As a Yank we crank out GK like nothing at all, but have zero finishers. I just think English GK should be top notch, but they just don’t have it.

    I believe JB should have been called up for this match.

    Milner had a nightmare of a match, in my humble opinion.

    BlackandWhiteForverForverBlackandWhite

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  • damonmwade

    Jun 4, 2011 at 7:03 PM

    Comment #17

    the team showed no passion today what so ever, get Joey Barton on board the England squad he will deffinitley add some passion and flare to the squad!

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  • bri h

    Jun 4, 2011 at 7:03 PM

    Comment #18

    see mackem hainesy back

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  • free giveaways

    Jun 4, 2011 at 7:06 PM

    Comment #19

    James Milner for £24m or Ben Arfa for £5.7m? Hmmm tough choice

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  • niafron

    Jun 4, 2011 at 7:06 PM

    Comment #20

    @freegiveaways

    I’m afraid my fellow countrymen’s didn’t agree to that.

    We are in fact in deep thinking about our technicals weakness.

    We generaly admit than we are far bellow Spain but also Germany and Netherland.

    Personally, i think, we are not so bad, wu just got a generational break.

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  • ochytoon

    Jun 4, 2011 at 7:07 PM

    Comment #21

    i think the problem is the training young english players kids get as kids. They are discouraged from using their skills to beat players and long passing is constantly drilled into them. Look at the French team, the players maybe greedy occasionally but it can sometimes be the right way to go. The spainards are trained in short passing and it works so well as they have pace. The FA need to step up and sort out the training of young players as that is the problem with English football

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  • toonarmymike

    Jun 4, 2011 at 7:09 PM

    Comment #22

    for england to blame tiredness is a joke. they play the same number of games. poor selection is the reason. no barton, nolan, johnson, crouch would have done better than bent. the last attacking 3 being villa players are a joke.

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  • ochytoon

    Jun 4, 2011 at 7:10 PM

    Comment #23

    Also, the lack of English players in foreign leagues is a main reason why we have a shit national team. Look at the amount of Spanish players who play n other leagues or Argentinians. They get a taste of each countries football and how certain players work who never play outside that particular league

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  • Phil K

    Jun 4, 2011 at 7:11 PM

    Comment #24

    How the hell Milner keeps getting capped is beyond me.

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  • toonarmymike

    Jun 4, 2011 at 7:11 PM

    Comment #25

    anybody saying krul isnt no1 is stupid. hes better than harper and forster is unproven.

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  • niafron

    Jun 4, 2011 at 7:12 PM

    Comment #26

    What’s your situation? I mean for the qualification. I’m delighted to see the french team make you some misery, but an international tournament is not the same without you.

    So will you make it?

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  • CynicalasEva

    Jun 4, 2011 at 7:13 PM

    Comment #27

    AT THIS POINT IN TIME WHO GIVE A FLYING £$%£$ ABOUT ENGLAND – ITS OBVIOUS THE PLAYER DONT.

    LETS GET BACK TO THE REAL BUSINESS – THE TOON

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  • NottsGeordie

    Jun 4, 2011 at 7:14 PM

    Comment #28

    Ochytoon

    Haha 😀 i bet you were sat at home getting excited for the match, popcorn out, england shirt on… Then you realise you’ve missed the game 🙂

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  • free giveaways

    Jun 4, 2011 at 7:15 PM

    Comment #29

    niafron;

    Seriously? You have Benzema, Ribery, Nasri, Ben Arfa, M’Villa, Malouda, Gourcuff. I can only think of Spain as a country who have a group of more technically gifted players in Europe.

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  • Toon1978

    Jun 4, 2011 at 7:15 PM

    Comment #30

    When is Ivory coast playing?

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  • ochytoon

    Jun 4, 2011 at 7:16 PM

    Comment #31

    Players who don’t care when they play:-
    -Rooney (In my opinion should never play for england again)
    -Johnson
    -Milner
    -Cole
    -Young
    Players who care about playing:-
    -Gerrard
    -Ferdinand
    -Green (shame he is bollocks)

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  • NottsGeordie

    Jun 4, 2011 at 7:16 PM

    Comment #32

    Btw on the last thread when is said Newcastle didnt loan anyone out i meant that players like Rotledge, Xisco and Lualua werent needed so it didnt matter if we loaned them out or not.

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  • ochytoon

    Jun 4, 2011 at 7:17 PM

    Comment #33

    Notts
    I’d been gearing myself up by playing some Fifa, thought I’d check when coverage started, went over to ITV, thanks for watching bye 🙁

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  • NottsGeordie

    Jun 4, 2011 at 7:17 PM

    Comment #34

    PS. Who won the Derby? Was it carlton house?

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  • NottsGeordie

    Jun 4, 2011 at 7:18 PM

    Comment #35

    Haha unlucky ochy 🙂 probably best not to watch it anyway. Total, utter shit!!

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  • Gervinho

    Jun 4, 2011 at 7:23 PM

    Comment #36

    The fact is, we place top much emphasis on: PASSION, AGRESSION, PHYSIQUE and most importantly WINNING!

    Coach ‘technique’ eg passing, dribbling, ball-striking, vision, control, awareness from a young age and put emphasis on ENJOYING it, then you’ll win.

    The fans and media are as much to blame. Arrogant twats.

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  • niafron

    Jun 4, 2011 at 7:24 PM

    Comment #37

    @free giveaways

    Yes seriously. Well, it’s not so simple. Most of the french think like that.

    “Most of our players are physicals. Too much physicals. Sure we also got very gifted players technically, but they lack of cleverness in the play.”

    As i’ve said, it’s not my opinion. I think the problem is elsewhere.

    Most of our internationals players are under 25. Did you see Arsenal? Difficult to win with unexperienced players.

    And older guy got a serious problem of leadership like Malouda or Abidal, who are shy boys.

    The fact is than our captain is Alou Diarra, a guy who is a natural leader, but who don’t got the international level. Useless to say more, especialy if you’d seen the poor game he did yesterday…

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  • ochytoon

    Jun 4, 2011 at 7:26 PM

    Comment #38

    We should scrap the entire england squad and start from scratch, new ENGLISH manager and a new team who want to play for the shirt and aren’t more interested in earning money for their club a la Wayne Rooney

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  • gazza going fishing

    Jun 4, 2011 at 7:26 PM

    Comment #39

    niafron0 I think france are on par with anyone when it comes to technically gifted players, but they don’t all gell together like spain and holland and lack that team chemistry.. england are just the same hopeless, long ball ‘specialists’.

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  • belfastgeordie87

    Jun 4, 2011 at 7:27 PM

    Comment #40

    joey barton will never ever be picked for england again,becasuse of his reputation,simple as that.
    postman pats probly asked the f.a about him,and been told he cant pick him.

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