Monday 23 October 2017

Toothless Swiss on way home after surprise Frei omission

Switzerland 0 Honduras 0

The World Cup dream is over for Switzerland after they failed to build on their superb victory against Spain in their opener.

Coach Ottmar Hitzfeld knew if his side could muster a two-goal win in this Group H match then they would progress to the last 16.

However, they were toothless and had to settle for a point against Honduras, who are also going home after failing to find the target in the tournament.

Hitzfeld chose to put Alex Frei on the bench even though the striker says he is 100pc fit after an ankle injury. Frei's omission was a surprise given that he has scored 40 goals for his country.

He eventually came on in the 69th minute but even though they had the majority of possession, the Swiss were left frustrated.

Switzerland -- Benaglio, Lichtsteiner, Von Bergen, Grichting, Ziegler, Huggel (Shaqiri 78), Barnetta, Inler, Fernandes (Yakin 46), Nkufo (Frei 69), Derdiyok.

Honduras -- Valladares, Chavez, Figueroa, Bernardez, Sabillon, Thomas, Nunez (Martinez 67), W Palacios, Alvarez, J Palacios (Welcome 79) Suazo (Turcios 87)

REF -- H Baldassi (Argentina)

Irish Independent

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