Switzerland 1-3 England
Shaqiri 71 Rooney 10
A. Johnson 69
England top Euro 2012 Qualifying Group G after this excellent win in Basel’s St. Jakob’s Park against a Swiss side reduced to ten men on 65 minutes.
Victory came courtesy of Wayne Rooney’s first international goal in a year, Adam Johnson’s second international goal in consecutive matches, and Darren Bent’s first international goal…ever.
England were boosted by a tenth-minute opener, finished from six yards by Rooney after Jermaine Defoe hurdled Glen Johnson’s right-wing cross.
Arsenal’s Theo Walcott was injured as he too went for Johnson’s cross, and was stretchered off.
England’s rhythm was largely unaffected. And Defoe spurned three first-half chances to double their advantage.
Swiss keeper Diego Benaglio saved Glen Johnson’s 25-yard left-foot shot after half-time. And on 64 minutes Switzerland’s Stephan Lichtsteiner was dismissed after a lunge on James Milner brought him his second caution.
England went two-up five minutes later. Walcott’s replacement Adam Johnson latched onto Steven Gerrard’s fine through-ball, rounded Benaglio and fired left-footed into the empty net.
Two minutes later, substitute Xherdan Shaqiri made it 2-1 with the goal of the night, left-footed from 25 yards.
But on 88 minutes, Darren Bent restored England’s two-goal advantage with a low left-foot shot from Ashley Cole’s pinpoint pass.
Tags: England, Euro 2012 Qualifying, Wayne Rooney, Switzerland, Adam Johnson, Darren Bent