Switzerland suffer humiliating loss to Luxembourg
Switzerland shamed as Luxembourg win 2-1 in a World Cup qualifying round and for the first time in 10 matches.11 September 2008
ZURICH -- Fons Leweck scored an 86th-minute winner Wednesday as Luxembourg shocked Switzerland 2-1 in a World Cup qualifier.
Former Bundesliga player Jeff Strasser gave the visitors the lead with a free kick in the 28th before Blaise Nkufo equalized in the 43rd by heading in a cross from Hakan Yakin.
Switzerland controlled possession for most of the second half but could not break down the visitors' defence.
Strasser then sent a free kick straight to Leweck, who skirted to the right of the Swiss wall and fired a shot between the legs of goalkeeper Diego Benaglio to give Ottmar Hitzfeld an embarrassing loss in only his second competitive match as Switzerland coach.
"We shamed ourselves to the bones," Hitzfeld said. "We were convinced after the equalizer that we would have opportunities and would win, but the good chances never came."
It was Switzerland's most humiliating loss since a defeat against Azerbaijan 12 years ago.
In nine previous matches, Switzerland beat Luxembourg eight times, with one draw in 1996.
Switzerland: Diego Benaglio, Alain Nef (Johan Vonlanthen, 72), Ludovic Magnin, Stephane Grichting, Johan Djourou, Valentin Stocker, Tranquillo Barnetta, Gokhan Inler, Alexander Frei (Almen Abdi, 65), Hakan Yakin (Mauro Lustrinelli, 65), Blaise Nkufo.
Luxembourg: Jonathan Joubert, Kim Kintziger, Ben Payal, Eric Hoffmann, Benoit Lang (Fons Leweck, 45), Rene Peters, Jeff Strasser, Gilles Bettmer, Claudio Lombardelli (Lars Gerson, 76), Mario Mutsch, Joel Kitenge (Aurelien Joachim, 66).
[AP / Expatica]