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Togo 0-2 Switzerland
Monday, 19 June 2006



A Frei 17
T Barnetta 88


M Salifou 45yellow card
E Adebayor 47yellow card
A Romao 52yellow card


J Vogel 90yellow card



51% 49%

Shots on target

5 10

Shots off target

5 8


4 8


18 13


  • 16 K Agassa
  • 02 D Nibombe
  • 05 M Tchangai
  • 23 A Toure
  • 08 K Agboh (24 M Salifou yellow card )
  • 09 T Dossevi (68 J Senaya )
  • 10 M Cherif-Toure (86 R Malm )
  • 15 A Romao yellow card
  • 13 R Forson
  • 04 E Adebayor yellow card
  • 17 K Mohamed


  • 12 E Akoto,
  • 21 F Atsou,
  • 06 Y Aziawonou,
  • 20 A Erassa,
  • 11 R Malm,
  • 22 K Obilale,
  • 14 A Olufade,
  • 07 M Salifou,
  • 18 J Senaya,
  • 01 N Tchagnirou,
  • 19 L Assemoassa


  • 01 P Zuberbuhler
  • 20 P Muller
  • 23 P Degen
  • 04 P Senderos
  • 03 L Magnin
  • 16 T Barnetta
  • 06 J Vogel yellow card
  • 08 R Wicky
  • 07 R Cabanas (77 M Streller )
  • 09 A Frei (87 M Lustrinelli )
  • 10 D Gygax (45 H Yakin )


  • 12 D Benaglio,
  • 21 F Coltorti,
  • 14 D Degen,
  • 02 J Djourou,
  • 15 B Dzemaili,
  • 13 S Grichting,
  • 18 M Lustrinelli,
  • 05 X Margairaz,
  • 17 C Spycher,
  • 11 M Streller,
  • 22 H Yakin,
  • 19 V Behrami

Ref: Carlos Amarilla
Att: 65000


FULL-TIME Switzerland earn a deserved win, sending Togo out. The Swiss now top Group G and need a draw from their last game against South Korea to advance to the knock-out stages.

PLAYER-RATER Despite being on the losing side, Emmenuel Adebayor is the highest-rating player with 8.82, with Swiss striker Alex Frei on 8.72.

92 mins: According to the latest poll on this website, South Korea will win Group G, ahead of Switzerland.

91 mins: Suddenly, Togo are in a hurry, but it's a bit late now. The Swiss keeper tips over Mustafa Salifou's shot and Emmanuel Adebayor heads over the corner.

88 mins: GOAL Togo 0-2 Switzerland
It is now...Tranquillo Barnetta arrows a sweet strike in at the far post to end Togo's World Cup adventure.

88 mins: Swiss scorer Alex Frei is substituted. He's all smiles as if he thinks this game is won.

85 mins: There is no lack of urgency from Otto Pfister, whose wife is Swiss. The 67-year-old, the oldest manager at this World Cup, has hardly sat down in this half.

"There doesn't seem to have been any more urgency from Togo since they conceded. They need two goals to have a realistic chance of qualifying for the knock-out stages."
BBC analyst Mark Bright

80 mins: Almost a nightmare for Togo keeper Kossi Agassa as Alex Frei shoots from the halfway line and sees his effort land on the top of the net.

78 mins: A statement of intent from Swiss coach Kobi Kuhn as striker Marco Streller comes on for midfielder Ricardo Cabanas. Goal difference could be crucial in this group.

77 mins: Otto Pfister is out on the touchline giving instructions to his players, and they won't be able to miss the German coach in his natty pink shirt.

75 mins: Ludovic Magnin looks ready to explode with rage as he gives away a free-kick, but Togo can't take advantage.

74 mins: Togo keeper Kossi Agassa is known as 'Magic Hands' in his home country - and he puts them to good use by coming out to collect a corner.

71 mins: Hakan Yakin gets a huge cheer from his adoring fans - just for taking a corner. What will they do if he actually scores?

69 mins: Yao Senaya replaces Thomas Dossevi for Togo.

64 mins: Kossi Agassa is fast becoming Togo's most crucial player. He makes a smart save to deny Hakan Yakin.

62 mins: Moustafa Salifou tries a shot from distance for Togo, but it's always rising.

59 mins: Switzerland look like they could score at any moment - which probably means Togo will equalise any minute. Tranquillo Barnetta races down the right but with plenty of time, he still can't find his own player in the box.

55 mins: The weather's turned interesting - even if Togo's attack isn't providing much in the way of entertainment. It's sunny, but it's also raining in Dortmund.

53 mins: Togo won't be getting back in the game at this rate. Hakan Yakin unleashes a swerving shot which flies just over the Togo bar.

52 mins: For the first time today, BBC Sport users manage to reach a consensus. The latest live poll asks: Is there any way back into this game for Togo? And 79% say yes.

51 mins: Togo keeper Kossi Agassa is forced into an acrobatic save to tip over Tranquillo Barnetta's fierce strike.

47 mins: Emmanuel Adebayor doesn't take long to get into the action. The striker is booked for climbing all over Philippe Senderos and then complaining vociferously when the free-kick goes against him.

1501 BST: Switzerland kick off the second half in Dortmund and the Swiss fans are already in good voice as their favourite Hakan Yakin comes on in place of Daniel Gygax.

PLAYER-RATER No surprises - Emmenuel Adebayor is currently Togo's best player with 8.86, while Swiss scorer Alex Frei is not far behind on 8.67.

"Togo have used huge amounts of energy in that first half and they haven't scored. I'm curious to see whether Togo will be too tired in the second half."
BBC analyst Marcel Desailly

"If Togo could defend crosses, they'd be right in this game."
BBC analyst Alan Shearer

HALF-TIME Alex Frei's 17th-minute strike gives Switzerland the lead, but Togo are left disappointed after having a penalty claim turned down.

45 mins: Substitute Moustapha Salifou hadn't really made much of an impact until now...when he gets a booking for a nasty-looking challenge. He did get the ball - but took the man with him.

43 mins: Another Adebayor moment. This time the striker closes down the Swiss keeper and collides with him for no apparent reason. No harm done though.

41 mins: The latest poll on this website asks: Should Adebayor have been awarded a penalty? Only 54% are backing the Arsenal striker.

36 mins: Patrick Mueller produces a fabulous last-ditch tackle to deny Togo striker Mohamed Kader a shooting chance.

"That should have been a penalty. Or if it wasn't, why wasn't it a booking for Adebayor?"
Wigan manager Paul Jewell on BBC Five Live

35 mins: It's the Emmanuel Adebayor show. The Arsenal striker has been moaning at his team-mates for most of the game. Now, he bursts into the box and seems to be tripped by the defender - but Adebayor's tumble is so dramatic, the referee thinks it's a dive.

"Switzerland are having to defend in numbers now. Everyone's back except Frei."
BBC pundit Mark Bright

30 mins: Not for the first time, Phillipe Senderos makes a mistake. He misses his kick, allowing Thomas Dossevi a free shot on goal. The Togo man goes agonisingly wide.

25 mins: Emmanuel Adebayor tries to cross with one foot behind the other. The ball sails over everyone - and Adebayor's team-mates cast angry glances at the Arsenal man.

24 mins: Togo coach Otto Pfister clearly isn't happy - he's made his first substitution already. Kuami Agboh comes off to be replaced by Moustapha Salifou.

23 mins: Togo have been knocked out of their stride by Switzerland's goal - they've hardly touched the ball since. Cherif Toure Maman does manage to win it back briefly but his cross lands in the arms of the Swiss keeper.

"Adebayor has obviously been asked to mark the Switzerland defender at set-pieces - but he doesn't look interested today. He only wants the ball going forward."
Wigan manager Paul Jewell on BBC Five Live

17 mins: GOAL Togo 0-1 Switzerland
Tranquillo Barnetta prods Ludovic Magnan's cross into the path of Alex Frei, who scores Switzerland's first goal of this World Cup.

10 mins: Emmanuel Adebayor takes advantage of an ill-timed slip by Ricardo Cabanas to rob the ball and burst into the penalty box - his cross is just too high for Mohamed Kader. This is a bright start from Togo.

6 mins: Emmanuel Adebayor's header frees Mohamed Kader but the striker's shot lacks power and Swiss keeper Pascal Zuberbuehler is a relieved man.

5 mins: Ricardo Cabanas rifles in a shot for Switzerland which is comfortably collected by Togo keeper Kossi Agassa.

3 mins: BBC Sport users are divided on how Togo will perform today after the upheaval of the last few days - 51.3% say Togo can perform to their best.

2 mins: Mohamed Kader is almost in but Swiss keeper Pascal Zuberbuehler is alert to the danger and races out to clear.

1400 BST: Togo get the game under way as as Switzerland's Philipp Degen looks to the heavens and says a little prayer.


1354 BST: Togo had to listen to South Korea's national anthem twice on their World Cup debut last week, but no such clangers this time as their fans belt out the jaunty number.

"Switzerland can't win the World Cup. Let's get that out of the way now."
BBC Sport analyst Lee Dixon

1349 BST: The Signal Iduna Park is not quite full at the moment. The game may be between two of the World Cup's lesser lights but both still have a chance of qualifying for the knock-out stages after France's shock draw against South Korea last night.

1328 BST: Thunderstorms are forecast in Dortmund - and not just in the Togo dressing room.

"The demands have been excessive from Togo players. They achieved a great thing in qualifying but what they want is over the top. They've spoilt the World Cup experience for themselves."
African football specialist Mark Gleeson on BBC Five Live

1313 BST: Togo's players had threatened to boycott this game in a continuing dispute over pay. However, Fifa stepped in to solve the crisis and reports now suggest the players have been paid overdue bonuses.

1309 BST: The teams are in. Switzerland coach Kubi Kahn keeps faith with Raphael Wicky, with Daniel Gygax coming in at the expense of Marco Streller.


Togo: Agassa, Nibombe, Tchangai, Toure, Agboh, Dossevi, Cherif-Toure, Romao, Forson, Adebayor, Mohamed.
Subs: Akoto, Atsou, Aziawonou, Erassa, Malm, Obilale, Olufade, Salifou, Senaya, Tchagnirou, Assemoassa.

Switzerland: Zuberbuhler, Muller, Philipp Degen, Senderos, Magnin, Barnetta, Vogel, Wicky, Cabanas, Frei, Gygax.
Subs: Benaglio, Coltorti, David Degen, Djourou, Dzemaili, Grichting, Lustrinelli, Margairaz, Spycher, Streller, Yakin, Behrami.

Referee: Carlos Amarilla (Paraguay)

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