Switzerland beat European champions Germany 4-3 after extra-time in Lagos to book their place in the FIFA U-17 World Cup Nigeria 2009 quarter-finals, where they will take on Italy. The match was an ill-tempered and full-blooded affair that saw one player sent off for each side and plenty of attacking action.
The Germans opened the clash in an attacking mood. Florian Trinks went close to scoring twice in the first ten minutes, glancing both of his long-distance tries wide of the post. The Swiss slowly began to pull themselves back into the match, however, and on 35 minutes they were in the lead. Granit Xhaka's corner-kick was scrambled down in the area and Ricardo Rodriguez was Johnny-on-the-spot to poke home an ugly opener at the back post.
The Germans, historically so competitive, were back on level terms just four minutes later under quite bizarre circumstances. Swiss goalkeeper Benjamin Siegrist kicked the ball about 25 metres in front of his goal, but Mario Goetze jumped into the path of the ball and it deflected in an arc over the goalkeeper and into the net to make the score 1-1 just before the half.
The Swiss came out flying at the start of the second half, scoring through Haris Seferovic after a fine midfield build-up just four minutes on from the interval. The pace of the contest dropped off a bit after that, and it wasn't until the 78th minute that the Germans drew level again. Trinks hammered his free-kick into the top corner with what was, effectively, Germany's first chance of the period. Just as extra-time looked a complete certainty, the Swiss suffered a serious set-back when Sead Hajrovic was shown a straight red for a rough tackle on Matthias Zimmerman.
Even with a man less, Switzerland looked the sharper side in the first period of extra-time. In the 101st minute, they got their reward when German keeper Marc-Andre Ter Stegen dropped a hard shot and Shkodran Mustafi followed up to poke home into the empty net. The second period saw Nassim Ben Khalifa score from the spot to make it 4-2 for the Swiss, before Yunus Malli pulled one back late for a bit of consolation for the Germans, who were also reduced to ten men before the end.
The Swiss, who have been surprising a good many pundits and fans with their incisive play here in Nigeria, now move on to the quarter-finals where they will tangle with Italy oin Ijebu-Ode.