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Last Updated: Monday, 21 June, 2004, 20:37 GMT 21:37 UK
Switzerland 1-3 France

Zinedine Zidane heads home for France against Switzerland
Thierry Henry opened his Euro 2004 account to put France into the quarter-finals as winners of Group B.

Zinedine Zidane had headed France in front after 20 minutes and his dominant team should have killed the game off.

But teenager Johann Vonlathen became the youngest scorer in the tournament's history in levelling for the Swiss.

However, Henry latched on to Louis Saha's header after 76 minutes to slot home and settle French nerves before adding another six minutes from time.

Henry, Zidane, Trezeguet and Pires all missed clear-cut chances as France struggled to turn their superiority into goals.

And as Gallic nerves began to jangle, so Swiss confidence grew before Henry finally ended his six-game international goal drought with a late double.

KEY MOMENTS
20 mins: Zidane heads France into the lead
26 mins: Vonlathen becomes the youngest scorer in European Championship history when he equalises for Switzerland
76 mins: Henry puts France back on top in the match - and in Group B
84 mins: Henry slots home his second

The goal came immediately after France coach Jacques Santini had replaced the ineffective David Trezeguet with Saha, whose first touch flicked the ball on for Henry to score.

Ironically, Trezeguet had started the game brightly, going close in the opening 30 seconds as France began the game in attacking fashion.

It looked only a matter of time before the European champions scored as they stroked the ball about confidently, leaving the Swiss at full stretch.

And Zidane duly obliged after 20 minutes, escaping his marker to head home Robert Pires' corner.

We are through and it's the most important matter. France have done their duty
Zinedine Zidane

France could have trebled their lead in the following five minutes but were guilty of sloppy finishing.

They were also guilty of being too casual in defence with Switzerland scoring against the run of play six minutes later.

Vonlathen had only been drafted into the Switzerland side to replace Alexander Frei, who was earlier provisionally banned for 15 days by Uefa for spitting at Steven Gerrard during the match against England.

The 18-year-old PSV Eindhoven striker made the most of his opportunity, clinically slotting homeafter some clever Swiss build-up play, orchestrated by Ricardo Cabanas.

The Swiss then began to show more belief and had several good chances to take the lead.

But with the perfect timing that he showed all season for Premiership champions Arsenal, Henry found his finishing touch to book a quarter-final clash with Greece next Friday.


Switzerland: Stiel, Henchoz (Magnin 85), Murat Yakin, Muller, Spycher, Cabanas, Vogel, Wicky, Gygax (Rama 85), Hakan Yakin (Huggel 60), Vonlanthen.
Subs not used: Zuberbuhler, Roth, Berner, Chapuisat, Zwyssig, Celestini, Barnetta.

Booked: Hakan Yakin, Wicky, Huggel.

France: Barthez, Sagnol (Gallas 45, Boumsong 90), Thuram, Silvestre, Lizarazu, Makelele, Vieira, Zidane, Pires, Trezeguet (Saha 75), Henry.
Subs not used: Coupet, Dacourt, Desailly, Govou, Landreau, Marlet, Pedretti, Rothen, Wiltord.

Booked: Henry.

Attendance: 30,000.

Referee: Lubos Michel (Slovakia).


OFFICIAL STATS BY UEFA
Category Switzerland France
Total shots 7 16
Shots on target 3 8
Possession 47% 53%
Corners won 1 7
Fouls committed 21 15
Offsides 2 2
Bookings 3 1
Sent Off 0 0



TRIVIA

  • France have now scored in nine consecutive European Championship matches which marks a new tournament record. The last time France failed to score in a European Championship match dates back to 26 June 1996 when they were beaten on penalties by the Czech Republic in the semi-final of Euro 1996 after a 0-0 draw.
  • Thierry Henry, who scored twice and Zinedine Zidane, who scored once, are now tied for fourth place on the all-time list of European Championship top scorers. Both players have scored five goals in European Championship finals, four fewer than all-time top scorer Michel Platini.
  • Thierry Henry's second goal of the night was the 400th goal in the history of this tournament.
  • By scoring the equaliser against France, Johan Vonlanthen became the youngest ever goal scorer at a European Championship. At 18 years, four months and 20 days he is more than three months younger than previous record holder Wayne Rooney.





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