Switzerland beats Montenegro 2-0 in Euro qualifier
Switzerland ended its disappointing 2012 European Championship
campaign with a 2-0 win Tuesday against Montenegro, which had
already advanced to next month’s playoffs.
Eren Derdiyok scored a fortunate 51st-minute opener and defender
Stephan Lichtsteiner got his first international goal with a
powerful shot in the 65th.
Switzerland made Montenegro goalkeeper Mladen Bozovic save well
from first-half efforts by Valon Behrami and Granit Xhaka, and
three times when Admir Mehmedi threatened later.
Montenegro coach Branko Brnovic made sweeping changes from the
lineup which drew 2-2 with group winner England last Friday,
resting some players to avoid getting yellow cards that would
trigger a suspension in the first leg of the playoffs.
Playing in its first European qualifying campaign, the Balkan
republic is unseeded in the eight-team draw being conducted on
Thursday in Krakow, Poland.
Montenegro created its best first-half chance in the 14th, when
Dejan Damjanovic’s cross-shot was blocked by ‘keeper Diego Benaglio
as Radomir Djalovic lurked in the goalmouth.
Derdiyok went close with a curling shot in the 32nd, then scored
almost unintentionally soon after the break.
The Bayer Leverkusen forward flicked a pass into the penalty
area toward the surging Xhaka, who distracted Bozovic as the ball
drifted past both into the net.
Djalovic broke clear two minutes later but his shot was blocked
Lichtsteiner finally scored in his 42nd national team
appearance, taking Gokhan Inler’s pass in his stride to shoot
right-footed across Bozovic into the far corner of the net.
Switzerland: Diego Benaglio, Stephan Lichtsteiner, Johan
Djourou, Steve von Bergen, Ricardo Rodriguez, Gokhan Inler, Valon
Behrami, Xherdan Shaqiri (David Degen, 79), Granit Xhaka (Gelson
Fernandes, 85), Admir Mehmedi, Eren Derdiyok (Innocent Emeghara,
Montenegro: Mladen Bozovic, Drasko Bozovic, Luka Pejovic
(Vladimir Bozovic, 46), Stefan Savic, Radoslav Batak, Fatos
Beqiraj, Elsad Zverotic, Nikola Drincic (Petar Grbic, 72), Marko
Cetkovic, Dejan Damjanovic, Radomir Djalovic (Andrija Delibasic,