Switzerland 2 - 0 Republic of Ireland | 2020 - UEFA European Qualifiers | 2026133

UEFA European ChampionshipQualifying Round | Stade de Genève, Geneva
15 October 2019 - 20:45 (local time)

Switzerland 2 - 0 Republic of Ireland

Seferović(16) Fernandes(90+ 3) Full-time
Switzerland Republic of Ireland

Ireland defeated in Switzerland

Republic of Ireland suffered a setback in their bid to qualify for UEFA EURO 2020 as they were beaten 2-0 by Switzerland at the Stade de Geneve on Tuesday evening.
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15th Oct 2019

Haris Seferovic's finish and an unfortunate own goal from Shane Duffy was enough to separate the sides which means Mick McCarthy's side will now have to beat Denmark at the Aviva Stadium next month to secure automatic qualification to the Euros.

The Swiss had the first strike on goal after seven minutes but Darren Randolph did well to turn Granit Xhaka's powerful shot from distance wide of his right post.

But the Ireland shotstopper was beaten just past the quarter of an hour mark as striker Haris Seferovic superbly drilled the ball into the bottom right corner of the net from the edge of the box.

Ireland's best goal scoring opportunity of the first half fell to Shane Duffy but the towering centre back could only send his header from Glenn Whelan's corner kick straight at goalkeeper Yann Sommer.

The home side almost doubled their advantage at the beginning of the second half but Randolph again did brilliantly to turn Seferovic's close range header over the bar.

Ireland soon upped the tempo but shortly after John Egan flashed an effort wide from distance they were fortunate to see Fabian Schar's header from Ricardo Rodriguez's set piece crash against their right post.

The visitors were dealt a huge blow in the 77th minute when Seamus Coleman was given a second yellow card for handling the ball inside his penalty area.

But Ricardo Rodriguez failed to capitalise from the spot as Randolph tipped his penalty against the inside of the left upright before the defense scrambled the ball to safety.

The Boys in Green pressed for an equaliser late on but it wasn't to be and Shane Duffy turned Edimilson Fernandes attempt into his own net late on to secure the three points for Switzerland.

SWITZERLAND: Yann Sommer, Stephen Lichsteiner (Remo Freuler 70), Nico Elvedi, Manuel Akanji, Breel Embolo (Renato Steffen 88), Haris Seferovic, Granit Xhaka, Ricardo Rodriguez, Denis Zakaria, Admir Mehmedi (Edimilson Fernandes 29), Fabian Schar.

REPUBLIC OF IRELAND: Darren Randolph, Seamus Coleman, Enda Stevens, Shane Duffy, John Egan, Glenn Whelan, Alan Browne, James McClean, Jeff Hendrick, Aaron Connolly (Scott Hogan 70), James Collins (Callum O'Dowda ht).

Referee: Szymon Marciniak (Poland). 

Tactical Lineups

Switzerland

1 Sommer (G) 2 Lichtsteiner (C) 4 Elvedi 5 Akanji 7 Embolo 9 Seferović 10 Xhaka 13 Rodríguez 17 Zakaria 18 Mehmedi 22 Schär

Substitutes

  • 12 Yvon Mvogo (G)
  • 21 Jonas Omlin (G)
  • 3 Kevin Mbabu
  • 6 Michael Lang
  • 8 Remo Freuler
  • 11 Renato Steffen
  • 14 Eray Cömert
  • 15 Djibril Sow
  • 16 Mario Gavranović
  • 19 Josip Drmic
  • 20 Edimilson Fernandes
  • 23 Loris Benito

Republic of Ireland

23 Randolph (G) 2 Coleman (C) 3 Stevens 4 Duffy 5 Egan 6 Whelan 8 Browne 11 McClean 13 Hendrick 17 Connolly 22 Collins

Officials

  • Referee Szymon Marciniak
  • Assistant Referee Paweł Sokolnicki
  • Assistant Referee Tomasz Listkiewicz
  • 4th Referee Tomasz Musiał
  • Uefa Delegate José Guilherme Aguiar
  • Referee Observer Terje Hauge

Minute by Minute Commentary

  • The match is under way.
  • 1" James Collins (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Nico Elvedi (Switzerland).
  • 1" Fabian Schär (Switzerland) takes the free-kick.
  • 3" James McClean (Republic of Ireland) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Stephan Lichtsteiner (Switzerland).
  • 3" Granit Xhaka (Switzerland) takes the free-kick.
  • 6" James Collins (Republic of Ireland) fouls.
  • 6" Manuel Akanji (Switzerland) takes the free-kick.
  • 6" Granit Xhaka (Switzerland) has an attempt on goal.
  • 6" Darren Randolph (Republic of Ireland) blocks a shot.
  • 7" Granit Xhaka (Switzerland) takes the corner.
  • 7" Stephan Lichtsteiner (Switzerland) is penalised for a foul on Aaron Connolly (Republic of Ireland).
  • 8" Shane Duffy (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 12" Glenn Whelan (Republic of Ireland) delivers the corner.
  • 12" Jeff Hendrick (Republic of Ireland) misses the target.
  • 15" Nico Elvedi (Switzerland) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Aaron Connolly (Republic of Ireland).
  • 15" Enda Stevens (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 16" Haris Seferović (Switzerland) scores!
  • 18" Aaron Connolly (Republic of Ireland) misses the target.
  • 19" Aaron Connolly (Republic of Ireland) fouls.
  • 19" Nico Elvedi (Switzerland) takes the free-kick.
  • 19" Granit Xhaka (Switzerland) takes the corner.
  • 20" Ricardo Rodríguez (Switzerland) delivers the corner.
  • 20" Breel Embolo (Switzerland) is flagged for offside.
  • 20" Darren Randolph (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 23" Jeff Hendrick (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Breel Embolo (Switzerland).
  • 24" Granit Xhaka (Switzerland) takes the free-kick.
  • 25" Manuel Akanji (Switzerland) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on James Collins (Republic of Ireland).
  • 25" John Egan (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 25" Seamus Coleman (Republic of Ireland) fouls.
  • 26" Fabian Schär (Switzerland) takes the free-kick.
  • 28" Edimilson Fernandes (in) - Admir Mehmedi (out) (Switzerland)
  • 29" Stephan Lichtsteiner (Switzerland) misses the target.
  • 30" Manuel Akanji (Switzerland) is penalised for a foul on Seamus Coleman (Republic of Ireland).
  • 30" Glenn Whelan (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 30" John Egan (Republic of Ireland) misses the target.
  • 30" James Collins (Republic of Ireland) is adjudged to be in an offside position.
  • 31" Yann Sommer (Switzerland) takes the free-kick.
  • 31" Granit Xhaka (Switzerland) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Aaron Connolly (Republic of Ireland).
  • 31" Granit Xhaka (Switzerland) takes the free-kick.
  • 32" Granit Xhaka (Switzerland) fouls.
  • 32" Granit Xhaka (Switzerland) is cautioned by the referee.
  • 32" Seamus Coleman (Republic of Ireland) is shown a yellow card.
  • 33" John Egan (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 33" Enda Stevens (Republic of Ireland) misses the target.
  • 34" Alan Browne (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Stephan Lichtsteiner (Switzerland).
  • 34" Alan Browne (Republic of Ireland) is booked.
  • 34" Nico Elvedi (Switzerland) takes the free-kick.
  • 36" Granit Xhaka (Switzerland) takes the corner.
  • 37" Fabian Schär (Switzerland) misses the target.
  • 38" Breel Embolo (Switzerland) misses the target.
  • 39" Jeff Hendrick (Republic of Ireland) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Granit Xhaka (Switzerland).
  • 39" Nico Elvedi (Switzerland) takes the free-kick.
  • 40" Glenn Whelan (Republic of Ireland) delivers the corner.
  • 41" Shane Duffy (Republic of Ireland) has an attempt on goal.
  • 41" Yann Sommer (Switzerland) blocks a shot.
  • 42" Enda Stevens (Republic of Ireland) fouls.
  • 42" Edimilson Fernandes (Switzerland) takes the free-kick.
  • 44" Enda Stevens (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Stephan Lichtsteiner (Switzerland).
  • 44" Stephan Lichtsteiner (Switzerland) takes the free-kick.
  • 44" Haris Seferović (Switzerland) misses the target.
  • 45+1" James Collins (Republic of Ireland) has an effort on goal.
  • 45+1" Yann Sommer (Switzerland) blocks a shot.
  • The referee blows for half-time.
  • The second half begins.
  • 46" Callum O'Dowda (in) - James Collins (out) (Republic of Ireland)
  • 46" Manuel Akanji (Switzerland) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Callum O'Dowda (Republic of Ireland).
  • 47" Manuel Akanji (Switzerland) is cautioned by the referee.
  • 47" Glenn Whelan (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 51" Shane Duffy (Republic of Ireland) fouls.
  • 52" Ricardo Rodríguez (Switzerland) takes the free-kick.
  • 52" Haris Seferović (Switzerland) has an attempt on goal.
  • 52" Darren Randolph (Republic of Ireland) blocks a shot.
  • 52" Ricardo Rodríguez (Switzerland) takes the corner.
  • 54" Glenn Whelan (Republic of Ireland) has a shot blocked.
  • 54" Manuel Akanji (Switzerland) blocks a shot.
  • 55" Callum O'Dowda (Republic of Ireland) delivers the corner.
  • 55" Alan Browne (Republic of Ireland) has a shot blocked.
  • 55" Granit Xhaka (Switzerland) blocks a shot.
  • 55" Jeff Hendrick (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Breel Embolo (Switzerland).
  • 55" Jeff Hendrick (Republic of Ireland) is shown a yellow card.
  • 56" Granit Xhaka (Switzerland) misses the target.
  • 59" Callum O'Dowda (Republic of Ireland) takes the corner.
  • 60" John Egan (Republic of Ireland) misses the target.
  • 60" Callum O'Dowda (Republic of Ireland) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Manuel Akanji (Switzerland).
  • 60" Yann Sommer (Switzerland) takes the free-kick.
  • 61" John Egan (Republic of Ireland) fouls.
  • 61" Granit Xhaka (Switzerland) takes the free-kick.
  • 63" Ricardo Rodríguez (Switzerland) delivers the corner.
  • 63" Fabian Schär (Switzerland) misses the target.
  • 63" Breel Embolo (Switzerland) misses the target.
  • 66" Breel Embolo (Switzerland) is penalised for a foul on Seamus Coleman (Republic of Ireland).
  • 66" Shane Duffy (Republic of Ireland) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Manuel Akanji (Switzerland).
  • 66" Shane Duffy (Republic of Ireland) is booked.
  • 67" Yann Sommer (Switzerland) takes the free-kick.
  • 68" Aaron Connolly (Republic of Ireland) fouls.
  • 68" Yann Sommer (Switzerland) takes the free-kick.
  • 70" Scott Hogan (in) - Aaron Connolly (out) (Republic of Ireland)
  • 70" Remo Freuler (in) - Stephan Lichtsteiner (out) (Switzerland)
  • 71" Ricardo Rodríguez (Switzerland) takes the corner.
  • 71" Granit Xhaka (Switzerland) has a shot blocked.
  • 71" Alan Browne (Republic of Ireland) blocks a shot.
  • 71" Jeff Hendrick (Republic of Ireland) is penalised for a foul on Granit Xhaka (Switzerland).
  • 72" Yann Sommer (Switzerland) takes the free-kick.
  • 72" Breel Embolo (Switzerland) has a shot blocked.
  • 72" John Egan (Republic of Ireland) blocks a shot.
  • 72" Ricardo Rodríguez (Switzerland) delivers the corner.
  • 72" Fabian Schär (Switzerland) misses the target.
  • 76" Breel Embolo (Switzerland) has a shot blocked.
  • 76" Seamus Coleman (Republic of Ireland) blocks a shot.
  • 76" The ball is handled in the penalty area by Seamus Coleman (Republic of Ireland) leading to a penalty
  • 76" Seamus Coleman (Republic of Ireland) is cautioned by the referee.
  • 76" Seamus Coleman (Republic of Ireland) is shown a second yellow card and is dismissed.
  • 77" Darren Randolph (Republic of Ireland) blocks a shot.
  • 77" Ricardo Rodríguez (Switzerland) missed the penalty saved by the goalkeeper.
  • 78" Remo Freuler (Switzerland) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Alan Browne (Republic of Ireland).
  • 78" Darren Randolph (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 78" Breel Embolo (Switzerland) misses the target.
  • 84" Glenn Whelan (Republic of Ireland) fouls.
  • 84" Granit Xhaka (Switzerland) takes the free-kick.
  • 84" Haris Seferović (Switzerland) has a shot blocked.
  • 84" Enda Stevens (Republic of Ireland) blocks a shot.
  • 87" Remo Freuler (Switzerland) is penalised for a foul on John Egan (Republic of Ireland).
  • 87" Enda Stevens (Republic of Ireland) is flagged for offside.
  • 88" Renato Steffen (in) - Breel Embolo (out) (Switzerland)
  • 89" Yann Sommer (Switzerland) takes the free-kick.
  • 90" Jeff Hendrick (Republic of Ireland) takes the corner.
  • 90" Shane Duffy (Republic of Ireland) has a shot blocked.
  • 90" Manuel Akanji (Switzerland) blocks a shot.
  • 90+3" Haris Seferović (Switzerland) has a shot blocked.
  • 90+3" Glenn Whelan (Republic of Ireland) blocks a shot.
  • 90+3" Edimilson Fernandes (Switzerland) scores!
  • The final whistle is blown.

Match Statistics

  • Switzerland
  • Republic of Ireland

Corners Won

8 5

Shots on Target

4 3

Shots off Target

9 5

Fouls Committed

10 19
  • Switzerland

    Republic of Ireland

  • 2Goals0
  • 2Yellow Card(s)5
  • 0Red Card(s)1
  • 4Shots on Goal3
  • 9Shots Wide5
  • 5Shot(s) Blocked3
  • 5Save(s)8
  • 18Total Shots11
  • 10Fouls Committed19
  • 8Corner(s)5
  • 1Offside(s)2