European Championship Qualifying - Group D
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Switzerland 1-0 Georgia: Home win simplifies Republic of Ireland objective

Cedric Itten
Cedric Itten scored six minutes after coming on for his international debut, at his club's home ground in St Gallen

Cedric Itten scored on his Switzerland debut in a win over Georgia which simplifies the Republic of Ireland's Euro 2020 qualification hopes.

The Republic will qualify if they beat Denmark in Dublin on Monday (19:45 GMT) - unless Switzerland are held by Gibraltar, in which case the Irish would need to win by two goals.

The Danes moved top of Group D on 15 points with a 6-0 win over Gibraltar.

Itten headed home Denis Zakaria's cross to give Switzerland victory.

Anything other than a win in Dublin will see the Irish fail to qualify, although they would be in the play-offs next March.

If Switzerland did draw in Gibraltar - Europe's second lowest ranked team - then the Irish would need a two-goal win to finish second in a three-way head-to-head tie at the top of the group.

Denmark were comfortable winners on Friday at home against Gibraltar, who are ranked 196th in the world.

Robert Skov gave them the lead following a goalmouth scramble. They got their second moments after the restart when Christian Gytkjaer took advantage of a goalkeeping mistake to slide home.

Martin Braithwaite added a third from six yards out before Skov got his second. and Christian Eriksen scored twice in the final five minutes to seal the rout.

Switzerland were given plenty of scares against already eliminated Georgia, with Giorgi Kvilitaia's improvisational shot on the ground hitting the post.

St Gallen's Itten was their hero with a fine header six minutes after coming off the bench for his international debut.

Line-ups

Switzerland

  • 1Sommer
  • 2Lichtsteiner
  • 4Elvedi
  • 5Akanji
  • 13Rodríguez
  • 11SteffenBooked at 74mins
  • 20FernandesSubstituted forSowat 84'minutes
  • 17Zakaria
  • 10Xhaka
  • 18VargasSubstituted forFassnachtat 78'minutes
  • 7AjetiSubstituted forIttenat 71'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Moubandje
  • 6Lang
  • 8Aebischer
  • 12Mvogo
  • 14Cömert
  • 15Sow
  • 16Fassnacht
  • 19Itten
  • 21Omlin
  • 22Mbabu
  • 23Benito

Georgia

  • 1Loria
  • 2Kakabadze
  • 4Kashia
  • 5Grigalava
  • 3KhocholavaBooked at 29mins
  • 7KankavaBooked at 31mins
  • 10KiteishviliSubstituted forPapunashviliat 85'minutes
  • 9Shengelia
  • 8Qazaishvili
  • 23DavitashviliSubstituted forGviliaat 85'minutes
  • 11KvilitaiaSubstituted forLobjanidzeat 83'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Daushvili
  • 12Makaridze
  • 13Arabuli
  • 14Lobjanidze
  • 15Aburjania
  • 16Kharaishvili
  • 17Kupatadze
  • 18Rekhviashvili
  • 19Papunashvili
  • 20Jigauri
  • 21Gvilia
  • 22Navalovski
Referee:
Danny Makkelie
Attendance:
16,400

Match Stats

Home TeamSwitzerlandAway TeamGeorgia
Possession
Home68%
Away32%
Shots
Home23
Away14
Shots on Target
Home11
Away5
Corners
Home9
Away1
Fouls
Home12
Away15

Live Text

Match ends, Switzerland 1, Georgia 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Switzerland 1, Georgia 0.

Attempt saved. Ricardo Rodríguez (Switzerland) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Granit Xhaka (Switzerland) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jaba Kankava (Georgia).

Attempt blocked. Cedric Itten (Switzerland) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Granit Xhaka.

Attempt blocked. Jaba Kankava (Georgia) right footed shot from more than 35 yards is blocked. Assisted by Gia Grigalava.

Attempt saved. Valeri Qazaishvili (Georgia) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Guram Kashia.

Foul by Renato Steffen (Switzerland).

Giorgi Papunashvili (Georgia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Offside, Switzerland. Ricardo Rodríguez tries a through ball, but Stephan Lichtsteiner is caught offside.

Denis Zakaria (Switzerland) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Elguja Lobjanidze (Georgia).

Substitution

Substitution, Georgia. Giorgi Papunashvili replaces Otar Kiteishvili.

Substitution

Substitution, Georgia. Valeriane Gvilia replaces Zuriko Davitashvili.

Substitution

Substitution, Switzerland. Djibril Sow replaces Edimilson Fernandes.

Attempt missed. Denis Zakaria (Switzerland) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Renato Steffen.

Substitution

Substitution, Georgia. Elguja Lobjanidze replaces Giorgi Kvilitaia.

Granit Xhaka (Switzerland) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Jaba Kankava (Georgia).

Attempt blocked. Granit Xhaka (Switzerland) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Christian Fassnacht.

Attempt missed. Otar Kiteishvili (Georgia) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Giorgi Kvilitaia.

Substitution

Substitution, Switzerland. Christian Fassnacht replaces Ruben Vargas.

Goal!

Goal! Switzerland 1, Georgia 0. Cedric Itten (Switzerland) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Denis Zakaria with a cross.

Corner, Georgia. Conceded by Yann Sommer.

Attempt saved. Otar Kiteishvili (Georgia) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Gia Grigalava.

Booking

Renato Steffen (Switzerland) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Renato Steffen (Switzerland).

Otar Kakabadze (Georgia) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Denis Zakaria (Switzerland).

Davit Khocholava (Georgia) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Corner, Switzerland. Conceded by Otar Kakabadze.

Substitution

Substitution, Switzerland. Cedric Itten replaces Albian Ajeti.

Attempt missed. Valeri Qazaishvili (Georgia) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Zuriko Davitashvili.

Attempt saved. Granit Xhaka (Switzerland) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Albian Ajeti.

Albian Ajeti (Switzerland) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Gia Grigalava (Georgia).

Attempt missed. Levan Shengelia (Georgia) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Valeri Qazaishvili.

Albian Ajeti (Switzerland) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Guram Kashia (Georgia).

goal

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1England76013362718
2Czech Rep75021310315
3Kosovo73221312111
4Montenegro8035322-193
5Bulgaria7034517-123

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Ukraine76101521319
2Portugal74212061414
3Serbia74121515013
4Luxembourg7115714-74
5Lithuania8017525-201

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Netherlands65011971215
2Germany65012061415
3Northern Ireland640287112
4Belarus7115412-84
5Estonia7016221-191

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Denmark74302251715
2Switzerland7421135814
3R. of Ireland733164212
4Georgia8224711-48
5Gibraltar7007225-230

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Croatia7421146814
2Hungary740389-112
3Slovakia6312108210
4Wales62226608
5Azerbaijan6015514-91

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Spain97202652123
2Sweden95312091118
3Romania94231710714
4Norway93511710714
5Faroe Islands9108427-233
6Malta9108225-233

G

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Poland86111321119
2Austria85121771016
3North Macedonia83231011-111
4Slovenia8323138511
5Israel83231515011
6Latvia8008227-250

H

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1France97112361722
2Turkey96211631320
3Iceland95131210216
4Albania94141612413
5Andorra9117318-154
6Moldova9108324-213

I

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Belgium88003012924
2Russia87012742321
3Cyprus83141312110
4Scotland83051117-69
5Kazakhstan8215913-47
6San Marino8008043-430

J

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Italy99002832527
2Finland9603158718
3Greece93241013-311
4Armenia93151316-310
5Bos-Herze93151717010
6Liechtenstein9027228-262
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