Switzerland draws 0-0 at Cyprus in WCup qualifier
Switzerland wasted a series of chances in a 0-0 draw with Cyprus
in a World Cup qualifying match on Saturday, though stretched its
lead atop the group.
With Cyprus in economic turmoil, the stadium in its capital
Nicosia was almost empty.
Swiss forward Xherdan Shaqiri was charitable to his hosts in
dragging a 15th-minute shot wide – and then missed a glaring chance
when he couldn’t connect with the ball from almost on the goal line
around the half-hour mark. Innocent Emeghara and Valentin Stocker
also spurned clear chances in a hectic spell.
Stocker directed his shot wide in the 79th when goalkeeper
Antonis Georgallides was out of position.
For Cyprus, Constantinos Makrides struck the post with a curling
Switzerland remained unbeaten and leads by two points from
Albania and Iceland midway through the 10-match program.