England 1-2 Switzerland GROUP D (Match #26)

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Switzerland came from behind in the final ten minutes in the Brazilian capital to seal qualification for the last sixteen, as England threw away an early lead, finishing the game with only ten men.

England got off to a flying start inside the opening ten minutes when Peter Crouch’s diving header from six yards out put them in front. Much like most of England’s attacks, it came from a ball being switched from one flank to the other.

After Tom Huddlestone’s fierce 25 yard drive was palmed away, Jack Wilshere put the ball back into the danger zone for Crouch to bravely nod past Diego Benaglio.

England couldn’t find a second in the following hour, and paid for it dearly. Jack Wilshere was cautioned for bringing down Abdi on 65 minutes and thirteen minutes later received a second when he went through the back of Mehmedi and was shown the fourth red card of the tournament.

His new team-mate at Arsenal, £18m man Xerdan Shaqiri, curled the resulting free-kick around the wall from 25 yards, hitting the crossbar. The ball came back down, hit the unfortunate Joe Hart on the arm nestled in the back of the net.

Four minutes later and Switzerland had turned it round. An English move broke down following a corner, and Shaqiri started a fine counter attack, sending the ball down the right for Eren Derdiyok. He cut inside, beating Chris Smalling for pace, and slotting past Hart for the winner.

                  FIFA WORLD CUP BRAZIL 2014
                       MATCH 26: GROUP D

                      ENGLAND 1-2 SWITZERLAND
                     Crouch 8     Hart (og) 79
            (Wilshere s/o 78)     Derdiyok 83

                            Brasilia

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GROUP D        P  W  D  L  F  A  GD  Pts
1. Switzerland 2  2  0  0  4  1  +3   6    Q
2. England     2  1  0  1  6  2  +4   3
3. USA         1  0  0  1  0  2  -2   0
4. Senegal     1  0  0  1  0  5  -5   0
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