Switzerland draws 2-2 with Ukraine in friendly

Switzerland captain Alex Frei silenced his home critics by

scoring twice Wednesday before a Ukraine team watched from the

stands by Italian coach Marcello Lippi leveled to earn a 2-2 draw

in a friendly.

Frei has been a recent target for abuse by Swiss fans, but

scored with a 40th-minute free kick and from close range in the


He extended his national scoring record to 42 in likely his last

international at home. The FC Basel forward cited the fans’

attitude toward him this month when announcing he will concentrate

on club football after Switzerland’s next three away matches.

Ukraine fought back each time through a fluke deflection off

Oleksandr Aliyev in the 48th, then Yvgenii Konoplianka’s

spectacular 75th-minute strike from distance.

Lippi, a World Cup winner, was present at the Stade de Geneve,

fueling speculation he will be hired as coach of the 2012 European

Championship co-host.

Ukraine officials had denied Italian media reports linking the

62-year-old Lippi with a job currently held by interim coach Yuri


Lippi guided Italy to win the 2006 World Cup, then stood down

before returning two years later. He left the Azzurri a second time

following a first-round exit at the World Cup in June.

Ukraine qualifies automatically for Euro 2012 as co-host with



Switzerland: Marco Woelfli, Stephan Lichtsteiner (Steve von

Bergen, 71), Johan Djourou, Francois Affolter, Reto Ziegler,

Tranquillo Barnetta (Xherdan Shaqiri, 46), Gokhan Inler (Gelson

Fernandes, 46), Pirmin Schwegler (Moreno Costanzo, 66), Valentin

Stocker (David Degen, 85), Alex Frei (Nassim Ben Khalifa, 76),

Hakan Yakin.

Ukraine: Andriy Piatov, Vitaliy Mandzyuk, Dmytro Chygrynskiy,

Yaroslav Rakitskiy, Artem Fedetskiy, Oleksandr Aliyev, Andriy

Yarmolenko (Denys Oliynyk, 74), Taras Mykhalyk (Taras Stepanenko,

65), Anatoliy Tymoshchuk, Yvgenii Konoplianka (Mykola Morozyuk,

87), Marko Devic (Artem Milevskiy, 46).