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Portugal Lose in Dead Rubber Game

It would be fair to say there was a slightly more entertaining match going on in Group A than this one, but nevertheless the dead rubber game of Group A did provide a bit of a shock, as co-hosts Switzerland were victorious 2-0 over Portugal.

Being in the knowledge that they weren’t going to progress to the quarters regardless of the result, the Swiss made the best of it and signed off their Euro 2008 campaign with a win courtesy of star striker Hakan Yakin.

Portugal started off better than the Swiss and completely dominated the first half, as Pepe saw his effort tipped onto the crossbar by Pascal Zuberbuhler, Helder Postiga had a goal wrongly dismissed for offside, and Nani had two penalty appeals turned down.

However, following the half-time break, the Swiss came out brighter, and got a deserved lead in the 71st minute when striker Hakan Yakin latched onto Erik Derdiyok’s clever flick and fired past Ricardo.

The Swiss then doubled their lead and secured their first points of the tournament when Hakan Yakin scored his and Switzerland’s second with a well-taken penalty seven minutes from time after Tranquillo Barnetta was brought down by defender Fernando Meira.

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