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Switzerland U21 1-1 England U21

Demarai Gray
Leicester's Demarai Gray made his under-21 debut against Switzerland

England finished with 10 men but maintained their unbeaten record in qualifying for the 2017 European U21 Championship with a draw against Switzerland in Thun.

Arsenal's Chuba Akpom scored the opener after the break when he slotted home after a dazzling run from Demarai Gray.

England looked in control before a Swiss counter-attack led to Florian Kamberi's equaliser.

Midfielder Jordon Ibe was sent off in injury time for his second yellow card.

The dismissal followed a delayed reaction from referee Daniel Siebert, who had not realised the Liverpool youngster - on as a first-half substitute - had already been booked in the 56th minute.

The result means Gareth Southgate's England keep their three-point lead at the top of Group Nine with three games remaining.

Group nine table

The nine group winners qualify automatically for next year's tournament in Poland, along with the four best runners-up.

England were 3-1 winners over the Swiss in the reverse fixture in November and should have taken three points this time around.

Debutant winger Gray caused the hosts plenty of problems in the first half, but Chelsea pair John Swift and Ruben Loftus-Cheek both failed to convert from his crosses.

Gray's good work was eventually rewarded when he pirouetted past two defenders and fed Hull loanee Akpom, who finished from close range.

Some last-ditch defending from Nico Elvedi denied Akpom a second and the Swiss, who had hit the bar in the first half, raced forward, with Kamberi finishing low into the bottom corner to equalise.

Switzerland now sit second in the group, one point ahead of Norway who have a game in hand.

England return to qualifying in September against Norway, before final group games in Kazakhstan and Bosnia-Herzegovina.


Switzerland U21

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Mvogo
  • 2HadergjonajBooked at 10mins
  • 4Elvedi
  • 5Gülen
  • 3Angha
  • 6BertoneBooked at 35mins
  • 10ArazBooked at 80mins
  • 8ZakariaSubstituted forKhelifiat 67'minutes
  • 11Kamberi
  • 9TabakovicSubstituted forFreyat 67'minutes
  • 7Fernandes


  • 12Salvi
  • 13Gelmi
  • 14García
  • 15Grgic
  • 16Rodríguez
  • 17Khelifi
  • 18Frey

England U21

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Pickford
  • 2Iorfa
  • 5Chambers
  • 6Hause
  • 3Targett
  • 8Ward-Prowse
  • 4BakerBooked at 72mins
  • 11Gray
  • 10Loftus-CheekSubstituted forGrimesat 70'minutes
  • 7SwiftSubstituted forIbeat 27'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 9AkpomSubstituted forSolankeat 86'minutes


  • 12Chilwell
  • 13Wildsmith
  • 14Stephens
  • 15Grimes
  • 16Ibe
  • 17Solanke
  • 18Wilson

Match Stats

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  1. Post update

    Match ends, Switzerland U21 1, England U21 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Switzerland U21 1, England U21 1.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Florian Kamberi (Switzerland U21).

  4. Post update

    Calum Chambers (England U21) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Michael Frey (Switzerland U21).

  6. Post update

    Matt Grimes (England U21) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  7. Dismissal

    Second yellow card to Jordon Ibe (England U21).

  8. Post update

    Leonardo Bertone (Switzerland U21) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Calum Chambers (England U21).

  10. Post update

    Corner, England U21. Conceded by Martin Angha.

  11. Post update

    Attempt missed. Kortney Hause (England U21) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by James Ward-Prowse with a cross following a corner.

  12. Post update

    Corner, England U21. Conceded by Levent Gülen.

  13. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Demarai Gray (England U21) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jordon Ibe.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Michael Frey (Switzerland U21).

  15. Post update

    Matt Grimes (England U21) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  16. Post update

    Attempt missed. Matt Grimes (England U21) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Demarai Gray.

  17. Post update

    Michael Frey (Switzerland U21) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Dominic Iorfa (England U21).

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, England U21. Dominic Solanke replaces Chuba Akpom.

  20. Post update

    Corner, Switzerland U21. Conceded by Kortney Hause.

As It Stood


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