That was an absolute outclassing, no two ways about it. Ireland can redeem themselves - if they beat Denmark in their final game they're through. But achieving that is hard enough as is, never mind without Coleman and Duffy. The last time the teams met when playing for qualification, Denmark won 5-1 in Dublin. That is certainly possible again. Night!
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Switzerland - Republic of Ireland
Euro Qualifying - 15 October 2019
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Full-time: Switzerland 2-0 Ireland
GOAL! Switzerland 2-0 Ireland (Duffy own-goal) Ireland can't cope a man down and Steffen sildes a pass to Fernandes on the right of the box, who plants a sidefooter past Randolph, which Duffy, sliding in from the other side, diverts into the opposite corner.
Nice from Fernandes, who's done well since coming on, nashing down the right and cutting back; it's on for Steffen, but Seferovic takes it off him and shoots into Duffy.
There'll be three added minutes.
I should add, nothing comes of it.
Ireland get a corner, but Hendrick swings it out! What is he thinking! Put the keeper under pressure, man!
Steffen replaces Embolo, who's been very good.
On the touchline, McCarthy shouts loudly in Anglo-Saxon. Obviously the Sky commentators apologise, which is funny because Rupert Murdoch owns Fox and the Sun.
Token effort from Ireland, Browne finding O'DOwda who finds McClean, and he curls into the box where there's no one to attack the ball.
Elsewhere in this group, Gibraltar have equalised in Georgia, which tells you how horrendous Ireland were in losing in Tblisi.
Are Ireland going to go for this? Surely they need to send on another attacker and see what happens?
Eddie Nketiah has scored a hat-trick for England under-21s. He's got the knack.
None of this can obscure the fact that this has been a terrible night for Ireland. They've not turned up, they're losing, and unless they can find an improbable equaliser, will have to beat Denmark to qualify, without Coleman and Duffy. Good luck, lads.
Up steps Rodriguez, he's been striking the ball so nicely tonight. But he stutters, telegraphs, AND RANDOLPH TURNS HIS KICK ONTO THE POST, THEN BROWNE SCOOPS THE REBOUND OUT OF DANGER! IRELAND ARE STILL IN THE GAME! JUST!
Ireland haven't made a proper chance, and here come Switzerland again, Xhaka cutting the ball back into the box, Embolo shooting after a scramble ... AND THE REF POINTS TO THE SPOT, THEN COLEMAN IS SHOWN A SECOND YELLOW CARD! HE MUST'VE BLOCKED WITH A HAND!
But here they come again, Zakaria crossing low from the right, asnd it takes a fine slide from O'Dowda to keep the ball away from Seferovic.
Switzerland can see the finish line. When they get possession now, they're taking easy options.
Change for Switzerland Freuler replacing Lichsteiner. I can confirm that Xhaka now has the armband.
Change for Ireland, HOgan replacing Connolly. He's had a disappointing night, but it's tough out there.
Oof. Shane Duffy attacks the ball and catches Akanji a right sair yin. He's booked and misses the Denmark game - that's terrible news for Ireland, but it's hard to argue with the decision, just as it'd been hard to argue with had he not been booked.
Switzerland win a corner down the left and Rodriguez, whose delivery has been excellent, swings out hard towards Schar ... who heads against the post! Zakaria then turns it back in and DUffy sticks out a desperate leg before McClean does just enough to level Embolo out of it.
Back in Sweden, David de Gea has gone off injured. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer must be chuckling into his Hooch.
Ireland are at least getting the ball down the Switzerland end now, and McClean wins another corner down the left. I've no idea why McCarthy mirrored the Switzerland formation - if the other team are better, you almost always lose.
The maestro Granit Xhaka takes on the shot from 30 yards, curling over the top.
Excellent from Embolo, again - he's been the best player on the pitch by far - and he beats Hendrick then pokes away from Whelan, so the chasing Hendrick pulls him down. He's booked, while Embolo beats the ground in pain. He's twisted his ankle, but looks ok.
Better from Ireland; O'Dowda has made a difference, stretching the play, and he creates a bit of confusion before Whelan thunders a shot into Schar and Coleman's cross for Connolly is blocked away, also by Schar.
Saaaaaved! Rodrgiuez swerves in hard and Seferovic is up, glancing hard from close range and forcing Randolph to fling up a hand; the resultant corner comes to nowt.
Embolo wins another free-kick, this time dragging Duffy out to the touchline. He's had an excellent game, and Rodriguez will swing the free-kick in...
Sweden have just taken the lead against Spain in Group F. You'd still expect Spain to finish top of it, but it's another reminder that they are not especially good.
The free-kick is headed out to McClean, who lifts the ball back in, but Duffy can't administer the flick he needs. Better, I suppose, though that's not saying much.
Straight away O'Dowda pulls to the right and nips outside Akanji, who flattens him. He's booked, and is also out of the Georgia game.
Ireland have gone back to 4-3-3, with O'Dowda replacing Collins.
Off we go...
A decent half from Switzerland who started like they meant it, moving the ball quickly and with purpose. Ireland need to change something because they're struggling to get anything going.
Half-time: Switzerland 1-0 Ireland
Browne slides a good ball into Collins who has more time than he realises, rushing a shot from behind him that's straight at Sommer when he could've taken a touch to adjust.
There'll be one additional minute.
Nice from Switzerland, Xhaka finding Fernandes who chips towards Seferovic at the back post as Coleman overshoots his covering run. So Seferovic gets the ball down as he comes inside, but then launches his shot to infinity and beyond.
Embolo is causing Ireland problems, especially when taking the ball infield, and Stevens has to drag him back to protect his back four. He does well to avoid a caution.
Whelan's delivery is decent but Duffy has to attack from a standing jump, and is far enough out such that he'd have to do something special to score. He makes a decent connection, but picks out Sommer, and might have done better to leave it for Egan, who was on the run.
Schar gives it away as Whelan barges him in the chest and though he stays down the ref allows the game to proceed; Ireland win a corner...
Eran Zahavi has scored for Israel against Latvia. which makes it 11 in qualifying. He's also nailing it at club level - I wonder if he'll end up in Europe.
Corner to Switzwerland down the left and when Xkaha flights it in there are calls for a penalty after Whelan's arm goes up. Nothing doing says the ref and Ireland break with Connolloy, but he's done by the pitch and Switzerland press again, Schar curling a shot just wide of the post, though Randolph had it covered.
Browne challenges Lichsteiner under a high ball and Lichsteiner goes down like he's been hit by a sherman. Browne is booked.
I'm not sure Connolly has had a kick yet.
Bit better from Ireland, who find Stevens left of centre, 25 yards out. He wallops miles away from anywhere.
Argy-bargy between Coleman and Xhaka, both of whom are booked. Xhaka will miss Switzerland's next game at home to Georgia.
Xhaka spreads left to Rodriguez, who hammers a low cross ... that's just behind Embolo.
Ireland win a free-kick and it goes short then into the box, where Egan wins the header ... and the ball's headed for Hendrick, two yards out, only for Collins to take it away from him to no avail! But Collins is saved by the flag - otherwise, he's robbed his team of a certain goal.
Lichsteiner dances in off the right and a shooting lane opens up so he goes for it, dragging a lash just wide of the near post.
Fernandes replaces Mehmedi.
Mehmedi goes down with a hamstring situation and that looks like the end of his night.
Embolo runs at the Irish defence and Hendrick has three swipes at him before finally connecting. Xhaka drills the free-kick towards the back stick, seeking Seferovic, and Stevens has to head out for a throw. Ireland are struggling to get anything going here.
this has been such a confident start from the home side. They're moving the ball nicely and moving Ireland around in so doing, finding spaces in front of the back three and out wide. This can happen when you rearrange players into a formation they don't usually play, especially when they were previously getting the maximum out of themselves.
Switzerland are looking for another.
Switzerland earned that goal with their energetic start to the game. They've not waited to see how things pan out, but attacked from the off. Ireland need to rouse themselves.
GOAL! Switzerland 1-0 Ireland (Seferovic) Ireland cede possession sloppily and then Zakaria marches through Whelan to win a high ball, finding Zakaria who finds Seferovic, 20 yards out ... and he drives left-footed and low, through Duffy's legs and across Randolph into the far corner! Game on!
Schar strides although the middle of the pitch, but Egan's there to block his attempted through-pass, and when the ball goes wide, there he is again to head clear.
Lichsteiner's armband is so big I wonder if it's to help him swim. Or to remind us that he's captain, given his performance is unlikely to do likewise.
First Irish attack, Stevens attacking down the left and driving a low cross which Elvedi blocks at source. The resultant corner comes to nowt.
That Italy goal...
The pitch is cutting up something fierce.
Interplay between Hendrick and Browne before the latter's through-pass goes long. But better from Ireland, who've started slowly.
Sommer, the Swiss keeper, described Ireland's style as "unpleasant". He's right too, but it's not as unpleasant as not qualifying for the finals.
Switzerland are in the mood, passing and moving nicely through midfield to make space for a Xhaka shot ... and he unloads a low one which bounces in front of Randolph, but the keeper does well to shove away.
Xhaka into Seferovic, who slides a ball in behind for Zakaria, but he runs out of pitch. Goalkick.
...Rodriguez curls it straight into the wall.
Switzerland win a free-kick down the right,m just outside the box...
Italy are already ahead in Lichtenstein.
Ireland hump it long and Collins givers away the first of what will doubtless be many fouls, jumping into Schar.
Away we go! This really is a monster for both sides.
Touch of the happy birthdays about the Swiss anthem.
It's not raining in Geneva, which is something.
Here they come!
The players are tunnelled....
Mick McCarthy also said that he thinks the pitch will be a leveller, i.e. he knows Switzerland are better at football than his lot, but he isn't really expecting that kind of affair.
Tell you what's mad: the finals are using three grounds in Great Britain and Ireland and none of them are the Millennium Stadium. It's better than Wembley, the Aviva and Hampden, by far - and not just inside, but its location, near the train station and in town.
That font, I don't know.
I don't think I'm allowed to post it here but Brandon Williams has done something glorious for England under-20s.
The pitch looks ok, looking at VT of the players warming up.
There are going to be some terrible quality games at these Euros. Once upon a time even qualifying was an achievement - the first competition I remember, 1988, had to groups of four. The Eastern bloc had yet to break up so there were fewer countries, but even so; the point was for things to be good. Euro 2000 is one of the best tournaments of my career, though I guess, on the other hand, the more countries there the more they can improve and the more general joy.
OK, I take it back. Mick McCarthy just said he's playing 3-5-2, with Coleman and McClean as wing-backs. Connolly and Collins will play up front as a duo - McCarthy said it wouldn't be fair to leave him on his bill. He also said that he watched Switzerland against Denmark and the Swiss had loads of chances, so he wanted to match them up to begin with. when you do that against a better team you almost always lose.
I quite fancy Ireland's tight three in midfield to cause Switzerland's two, one of whom is Xhaka, some grief. I'm also looking forward to watching Aaron Connolly, who must be absolutely buzzing.
I sort of fancy Ireland tonight. Switzerland, though, are meisters at qualifying for tournaments and then doing pretty well once there. So I suppose that's me saying that I don't know.
Ireland, meanwhile field a 4-3-3, and well though they've done to eke out this lead at the top of Group D, it also reflects just how miserable the standard is - not just here, but all around Europe.
Even if one of them is Stephan Lichsteiner.
Switzerland are unchanged from Saturday's 1-0 defeat in Denmark. I thought they might shove another man into midfield, given a match that looks likely to be a fight, but not for now. Perhaps the pitch will be drier out wide - if so, having wingers and wide midfielders will be helpful.
Let's have some teams...
So we got here in the end; the ref has declared the pitch playable, though it's been nailed by rain. This might just suit Ireland, who don't really have the players to engage in a game of football and who will qualify for the finals with a win, which would more or less end Swiss hopes. If Switzerland win, Ireland have another hit at home to Denmark in a month's time - and if Switzerland win, Denmark will already be through.
Evening all and welcome to Switzerland v Ireland!