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Switzerland beat Ireland to blow Group D wide open

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Switzerland beat Ireland 2-0, giving them hope of still making it to Euro 2020, but you can’t count the Irish and Danes out just yet.

As it poured down in Geneva, the miserable weather only compounded Ireland’s misery.

A win today would have secured their fate.

However, the loss leaves the three-horse race for automatic qualification out of Group D still up in the air.

Ireland top the group on 12 points, Denmark is second on 12, and Switzerland third on 11.

Haris Seferovic gave the hosts the lead after just 16 minutes.

Seferovic picked up a loose ball outside the 18-yard box and scored with a quickfire shot far enough out of the reach of keeper Darren Randolph.

16 minutes gone, Switzerland 1 – 0 Ireland.

The game really lacked a whole lot of quality, with 30 shots between the two teams, only six actually on or in the vicinity of the target.

Seferovic took a wild swing at the ball, and it went sailing way up over the bat from a good position from which he should have done much better.

It was not until the 42nd minute, that Ireland had their first effort on target.

A Shane Duffy header from a corner, which was easly pickings for keeper Yann Sommer as it went straight into his arms.

That was all the first half had to offer.

Halftime: Switzerland 1 – 0 Ireland.

With the second half underway, the Irish dominated the early possession, but in rather ineffective areas, and not creating any clear cut chances.

Eventually, the hosts started to affect that home-field advantage, and take the game to Mick McCarthy’s men.

As the game progressed the Swiss grew in confidence.

Randolph turned a Fabian Schar header onto the post.

Then in the 76th Breel Embolo shot was blocked by Seamus Coleman with his hand. This was deemed a second bookable offence and Coleman saw red.

While Switzerland was awarded a penalty, Ireland had to play out the last 14 minutes with ten men.

A chance for the game to be put to bed was blown.

Switzerland’s Rodriguez took a poor penalty. He tried stuttering his run-up, which produced no power in the shot.

Randolph made the save, pushing the ball onto the post. The score remained 1-0 to Switzerland

As the game approached the final seconds, there was one last chance for another goal.

In literally the last kick of the game, Edimilson Fernandes took a shot, which Irelands Duffy inadvertently slid onto and put in his own goal.

Fulltime: Switzerland 2 – 0 Ireland.

Ireland have one game left at home to Denmark.

While Denmark and Switzerland still have two each to play, one of which is against footballing minnows Gibraltar.

Mick McCarthy’s side may come to regret not wrapping things up when they had the chance.