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  Qualifying Round

  

Group 10

Switzerland emerged victorious from UEFA EURO 2004 qualifying Group 10 with Russia in second, but all five competitors held serious hopes of qualification at some stage. 

The two sides who had reached the FIFA World Cup finals - Russia and the Republic of Ireland - met in September 2002, with the Russians winning 4-2 in Moscow. Switzerland also began their campaign with a win, defeating Georgia 4-1 in Basel. 

However, there were contrasting fortunes for the pair in their first October matches. The Swiss were held 1-1 by Albania in Tirana, while Russia brushed aside the same opponents, winning 4-1 in Volgograd with Sergei Semak scoring twice. 

Four days later, Switzerland visited Ireland and came away from Dublin with what proved to be a vital 2-1 away win after which home manager Mick McCarthy resigned. Under Brian Kerr, Ireland finally kick-started their campaign in March with a 2-1 win in Georgia, while Albania shocked Russia 3-1 in Tirana. Albania then held Ireland 0-0 four days later when Switzerland drew in Georgia by the same score. April then ended with Georgia celebrating a 1-0 win against Russia - leaving the group tighter than ever. 

The June games were vital, and the month started with a last-gasp own goal giving Ireland a 2-1 home win against Albania while two Sergei Ignashevitch strikes earned Russia a 2-2 comeback draw in Switzerland. Four days later, Ireland beat Georgia 2-0 while Switzerland defeated Albania 3-2 to remain in command. 

Russia's revival continued as they drew 1-1 in Ireland on 6 September, while Georgia were eliminating Albania 3-0. The Albanians earned a revenge win four days later, 3-1 in Tirana, but the crucial match was in Moscow where Dmitri Buylkin's hat-trick sealed a 4-1 win for Russia against Switzerland. On the final day, Switzerland knew victory at home to Ireland would win them the group, and a 2-0 triumph ensured that was the case, as Russia came from behind to overcome Georgia 3-1 - the only time they did not score four goals at home in Moscow - and pip Kerr's team to second place.
  - UEFA.com

 
Russia 4-2 Ireland 07/09/02
Karyaka 21
Bestchastnykh 26
Kerzhakov 69
Babb og 85
Doherty 46
Morrison 74
Switzerland 4-0 Georgia 07/09/02
Frei 37
Hakan Yakin 62
Müller 74
Chapuisat 81
Arveladze 62
Albania 1-1 Switzerland 12/10/02
Murati 78 Yakin 37
Georgia 1-0 Russia 12/10/02
Asatiani 11  
Ireland 1-2 Switzerland 16/10/02
Magnin og 78 Yakin 45
Celestini 87
Russia 4-1 Albania 16/10/02
Kerzhakov 3
Semak 41, 55
Onopko 51
 
Georgia 1-2 Ireland 29/03/03
Kobiaschwili 61 Duff 18
Doherty 84
Albania 3-1 Russia 29/03/03
Rraklli 30
Lala 79
Tare 83
Karyaka 76
Albania 0-0 Ireland 02/04/03
   
Georgia 0-0 Switzerland 02/04/03
   
Switzerland 2-2 Russia 07/06/03
Frei 14, 16 Ignashevitch 24, pen 68
Ireland 2-1 Albania 07/06/03
Keane 6
Aliaj og 90
Skela 8
Ireland 2-0 Georgia 11/06/03
Doherty 43
Keane 59
 
Switzerland 3-2 Albania 11/06/03
Haas 10
Frei 32
Cabanas 72
Lala 23
Skela pen 85
Ireland 1-1 Russia 06/09/03
Duff 35 Ignashevitch 42 
Georgia 3-0 Albania 06/09/03
Arveladze 9, 44
Ashvetia 18
 
Russia 4-1 Switzerland 10/09/03
Boulykin 20, 33, 59
Mostovoi 72
Frei 12
Albania 3-1 Georgia 10/09/03
Hasi 50
Tare 52
Bushi 79
Arveladze 62 
Russia 3-1 Georgia 11/10/03
Boulykin 29
Titov 45
Sychev 73
Iashvili 3
Switzerland 2-0 Ireland 11/10/03
Yakin 6
Frei 60
 

 

 

 

 

 « Group Standings »

Group 10
Switzerland
Russia
Ireland
Albania
Georgia

P
8
8
8
8
8

W
4
4
3
2
2

D
3
2
2
2
1

L
1
2
3
4
5

F
15
19
10
11
8

A
11
12
11
15
14

Pt
15
14
11
8
7

 

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