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Quick Report: Switzerland 2-0 Portugal

SoccerNews in General Soccer News 15 Jun 2008

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Two goals by Hakan Yakin lifted Switzerland to a 2-0 victory over Portugal as they exited Euro 2008 with three points.

Portugal started with eight changes in their starting squad and still looked pretty good in the first half, with Pepe hitting the crossbar and Hélder Postiga having a goal questionably ruled out for offside.

Nani also created a couple of nice chances for Switzerland, but the match remained scoreless at the break.

It stayed that way until the 72nd minute when Yakin received a flick pass from Eren Derdiyok and slotted past Ricardo in the Portugal goal to give the Swiss a 1-0 lead.

Ten minutes later, Fernando Meira conceded a penalty for a foul on Tranquillo Barnetta, and Yakin slammed one past Ricardo for the 2-0 victory.

Switzerland claimed their first ever victory in a European Championship finals and a win in the final match for Köbi Kuhn as manager. Meanwhile, Portugal move on as group winners with Turkey as runners-up after a thrilling 3-2 comeback victory over the Czech Republic.

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