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Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Gokhan Inler.
Ashley Williams gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Eren Derdiyok. Strike comes in from Reto Ziegler from the free kick.
Valentin Stocker finds the back of the net with a goal from close range to the top left corner of the goal. Switzerland 4-1 Wales.Pirmin Schwegler leaves the field to be replaced by Gelson Fernandes. Assist on the goal came from Eren Derdiyok.
(Wales) makes a substitution, with Shaun MacDonald coming on for David Vaughan. Eren Derdiyok challenges David Vaughan unfairly and gives away a free kick. Wayne Hennessey restarts play with the free kick.
Valentin Stocker delivers the ball, clearance made by Ashley Williams.
Stephan Lichtsteiner gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Gareth Bale. Gareth Bale restarts play with the free kick.
Shot from inside the area by Simon Church clears the bar.
The referee gives a free kick against Gareth Bale for handball. Tranquillo Barnetta takes the direct free kick, Headed effort from inside the area by Eren Derdiyok misses to the right of the goal.
Gokhan Inler scores a penalty. Switzerland 3-1 Wales.Foul by Christian Ribeiro on Tranquillo Barnetta, Penalty awarded.
Corner taken by Gareth Bale from the left by-line to the near post, Stephan Lichtsteiner makes a clearance.
Shot from just outside the box by Eren Derdiyok goes over the bar.
Alexander Frei leaves the field to be replaced by Eren Derdiyok.
Steve Von Bergen fouled by Steve Morison, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Stephan Lichtsteiner.
Steve Morison joins the action as a substitute, replacing David Edwards.
Reto Ziegler takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Wayne Hennessey makes a save. Marco Streller produces a right-footed shot from inside the area that clears the crossbar.
The ball is crossed by Gareth Bale, Effort from close in by Simon Church goes wide left of the target.
Gareth Bale produces a cross, Effort from close range by Simon Church goes wide left of the target.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Gokhan Inler by David Edwards. Alexander Frei crosses the ball in from the free kick, save by Wayne Hennessey.
Reto Ziegler has an effort at goal from 25 yards. Save by Wayne Hennessey.
Marco Streller has an effort at goal from close range which goes wide left of the goal.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Marco Streller on Danny Collins. Direct free kick taken by Danny Collins. Free kick awarded for a foul by Gokhan Inler on James Collins. James Collins restarts play with the free kick.
David Vaughan sends in a cross.
James Collins challenges Valentin Stocker unfairly and gives away a free kick. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Alexander Frei, save made by Wayne Hennessey.
(Wales) makes a substitution, with Christian Ribeiro coming on for Darcy Blake.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Danny Collins on Tranquillo Barnetta. Alexander Frei delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from right wing, comfortable save by Wayne Hennessey.
Valentin Stocker takes a shot. Brilliant save by Wayne Hennessey.
Header from deep inside the penalty area by Andy King goes harmlessly over the crossbar.
Danny Collins fouled by Marco Streller, the ref awards a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Wayne Hennessey.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Gokhan Inler from the left by-line, Ashley Williams makes a clearance.
Short corner taken by Alexander Frei from the right by-line.
Unfair challenge on Alexander Frei by Andrew Crofts results in a free kick. Pirmin Schwegler takes the free kick.
Andy King concedes a free kick for a foul on Alexander Frei. Gokhan Inler delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left channel, clearance by Danny Collins.
Shot from deep inside the area by Danny Collins clears the crossbar.
Andrew Crofts gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Gokhan Inler. Free kick taken by Reto Ziegler.
Tranquillo Barnetta is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour. Gareth Bale fouled by Tranquillo Barnetta, the ref awards a free kick. Danny Collins restarts play with the free kick.
Corner taken left-footed by Gareth Bale to the near post, Steve Von Bergen makes a clearance.
Shot by Marco Streller. Andrew Crofts gets a block in.
Marco Streller produces a drilled left-footed shot from 12 yards. Blocked by Ashley Williams.
Simon Church produces a left-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the left-hand upright.
Gokhan Inler gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Gareth Bale. Free kick taken by Wayne Hennessey.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on David Edwards by Tranquillo Barnetta. Darcy Blake restarts play with the free kick.
Marco Streller scores a goal from inside the six-yard box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Switzerland 2-1 Wales.Assist by Gokhan Inler.
Simon Church has an effort at goal from just outside the penalty box which goes wide of the left-hand post.
Darcy Blake produces a cross.
Corner taken left-footed by Gareth Bale from the left by-line, awarded for a foul by Stephan Lichtsteiner on Gareth Bale. Danny Collins takes a shot. Save by Marco Wolfli.
Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Gareth Bale, Stephan Lichtsteiner challenges Gareth Bale unfairly and gives away a free kick. Danny Collins takes a shot. Save by Marco Wolfli. Danny Collins takes the direct free kick.
David Edwards concedes a free kick for a foul on Gokhan Inler. Stephane Grichting takes the free kick.
The ball is delivered by Darcy Blake.
Gokhan Inler challenges Gareth Bale unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Danny Collins.
Gareth Bale scores a goal from deep inside the penalty area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Switzerland 1-1 Wales.Assist on the goal came from Andrew Crofts.
The ball is swung over by Tranquillo Barnetta, clearance by Ashley Williams.
David Edwards is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Stephan Lichtsteiner takes the indirect free kick.
Valentin Stocker scores a headed goal from close in. Switzerland 1-0 Wales.
Andy King goes into the book for unsporting behaviour. Diego Benaglio goes off and Marco Wolfli comes on. Unfair challenge on Reto Ziegler by Andy King results in a free kick. Stephane Grichting takes the free kick.
Danny Collins challenges Tranquillo Barnetta unfairly and gives away a free kick. Gokhan Inler takes the free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Gokhan Inler by Andy King. Diego Benaglio restarts play with the free kick.
Andy King gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Marco Streller. Stephan Lichtsteiner restarts play with the free kick.
Stephane Grichting gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Simon Church. The ball is swung over by Gareth Bale, Simon Church takes a shot. Save by Diego Benaglio.
A cross is delivered by Gareth Bale, Andy King has an effort at goal from close in which goes wide right of the goal.
Simon Church is caught offside. Diego Benaglio takes the free kick.
The game kicks-off.
The first half comes to an end.
The game restarts for the second half.
The referee ends the match.
Flynn puts emphasis on result
Wales caretaker manager Brian Flynn has deflected all personal attention ahead of their crucial Euro 2012 qualifier in Switzerland.
Flynn is anxious to make an impression in the second and final match of his spell in temporary charge but he insists competition points are all that matter.
Wales' hopes of progressing to the finals from Group G are already in tatters after defeat in Montenegro was followed by another loss in Flynn's first match against Bulgaria last Friday.
Yet Flynn remains optimistic as he prepares to face a Swiss side that have endured a similarly disappointing start to their campaign.
The former Wrexham and Swansea boss, who could celebrate his 55th birthday in style with a win in Basle, said: "The team is the most important.
"What happens next I have no idea, I haven't spoken to anyone.
"Switzerland in Basle is the key to this situation.
"Every international is a big game, it is football at the highest level. You can't go any higher than this.
"It is not about me, it is about Wales and this situation - that is the most important thing.
"But, yes, three points would be the perfect birthday present."
Flynn, having impressed in his role as under-21 boss, was asked to take over for the senior side's October double-header when John Toshack stepped aside last month.
Having worked with many of the squad previously, Flynn sees enormous potential and believes it is only a matter of time before the likes of Gareth Bale - and the currently injured Craig Bellamy and Aaron Ramsey - lead them to a major tournament.
He even feels qualification this time is not completely out of the question.
"It is always a possibility," he said. "It is a huge task, a massive task, but I have huge belief in this bunch of players.
"I believe they will qualify for a major tournament.
"I don't know whether it will be this one but they will qualify, there is no doubt about that.
"The mood has been upbeat, they have been fairly positive.
"There was disappointment around the hotel on Saturday but the next one is the one that matters and here we are now.
"We are arriving here very similar to how the Bulgarians arrived in Cardiff after two defeats and we have belief we can win the game."
Switzerland are the only team below Wales in the group having lost their opening two games to England and Montenegro.
Flynn expects Ottmar Hitzfeld's team to start strongly in a bid to get their campaign back on track.
He said: "I would expect Switzerland to come at us and try to make things happen in the first 20 minutes.
"That is where we have to be strong and make it difficult for them.
"The onus is on them to attack and we have planned for that.
"We are going to have to absorb pressure for long periods in the game but we will get chances and we must convert them. We have got to be clinical.
"They are difficult to beat but we have got to make it hard for them, deny them space.
"I would say they are favourites - they are at home, they have been to the World Cup - but I don't mind that."
Flynn's stand-in captain Ashley Williams appears to be winning his fitness fight to feature in the clash at St Jakob Park.
The 26-year-old turned his ankle in latter stages of the Bulgaria defeat but was cleared to travel after an X-ray on Saturday.
Since then the joint has responded well to treatment and he played a full part in training today.
"His ankle has got better every day and I am very confident he will be able to start," said Flynn.
That news is a relief as Flynn must reorganise his back line due to suspensions to Chris Gunter and Sam Ricketts.
Williams will revert to his natural centre-half position from midfield while Cardiff's Darcy Blake, 21, will make his international debut at right-back.
"Darcy will play at right-back," Flynn said. "I've seen a lot of him in that position and I like him there.
"He has made huge strides this season and has done really well at Cardiff.
"This can only help him with his club football."
Flynn has further defensive options having drafted in Rhoys Wiggins of Bournemouth and Preston's Craig Morgan at the weekend.
More woe for Wales
Valentin Stocker struck twice as Switzerland sent Wales crashing to their third successive Euro 2012 qualifying defeat as they lost 4-1 in Basle.
Brian Flynn's side performed creditably for most of a pulsating contest at St Jakob Park but a Gokhan Inler penalty and Stocker's second finished them off in the final eight minutes.
Gareth Bale was a constant threat to the Swiss and cancelled out an early Stocker goal after 13 minutes but the hosts soon reclaimed a lead they did not surrender through Marco Streller.
It made for a miserable 55th birthday for Flynn who, in his second and final match as caretaker manager, was hoping to prove his suitability for the job full time.
He now faces an anxious wait while Wales, whose qualification hopes were already in tatters, must now accept their long wait to reach a major tournament goes on.
For much of the game they had threatened to at least get themselves up and running in the campaign after losses to Montenegro and Bulgaria.
They attacked at every opportunity and in Bale had a man that worried the Swiss, but defensive mistakes proved their undoing.
They had a moment of alarm inside the opening minute but Stocker scuffed a shot and the visitors cleared.
They responded with an attack of their own as Bale surged down the left but Andy King stabbed wide.
Switzerland suffered a blow after eight minutes as goalkeeper Diego Benaglio, returning after missing Friday's loss to Montenegro through injury, was forced off.
Marco Wolfli took his place and had been on the field just a matter of seconds when the Swiss launched an attack that led to their opening goal.
Wayne Hennessey did well to beat out a fierce drive from Tranquillo Barnetta but Streller nodded across the six-yard box for Stocker to head home.
Welsh heads did not drop and they produced the perfect reply five minutes later as the lively Andrew Crofts won a 50-50 ball and sent Bale racing through on goal.
The Tottenham star showed a cool head to lift the ball over the advancing Wolfli for Wales' first goal of the competition.
James Collins went close to adding a second when he met a Bale corner with a powerful header but Wolfli saved.
Wales were exposed again after 21 minutes as Blake missed a chance to clear and Inler clipped the ball into the box. Streller made no mistake as he flicked the ball past Hennessey with his left foot.
Simon Church looked lively for Wales and shot over from the edge of the area after a good run and then saw another attempt forced narrowly wide.
Wales' bold approach continued to leave them vulnerable at the back and they were almost caught on the half-hour when captain Ashley Williams missed a header and Streller raced through.
The Basle forward, playing in front of his home fans, charged into the area but cut back onto his left foot and Williams recovered to block. Switzerland clearly recognised Bale as the Wales dangerman and both Stephan Lichtsteiner and Barnetta were booked for crude challenges on the left winger.
Bale also required treatment for a facial injury before the break but soon rejoined the action.
Wales had the first chance of the second half as Darcy Blake crossed for King but the Leicester man headed over.
Despite that positive contribution, Blake had endured some difficult moments on his international debut and was caught out as Stocker raced into the box to meet a cross with a bullet header.
Hennessey made a brilliant save but Flynn took action moments later as Blake was replaced by Christian Ribeiro.
Bristol City defender Ribeiro was soon into the action, heading away another dangerous cross to set up a Bale charge but the break amounted to little as David Vaughan mishit a cross.
Wales survived a scare after 62 minutes when Hennessey miskicked a clearance straight to Streller on the edge of the box.
A third Swiss goal looked inevitable but Streller's shot bobbled across goal and beyond the far post.
Bale launched another quick counter-attack down the left and picked out Church in the box but his first-time shot flew wide.
The Swiss hit back with Reto Ziegler forcing Hennessey to save with his feet and Stocker put the rebound over.
The match was settled eight minutes from time when referee Alain Hamer harshly penalised James Collins for a trip on Barnetta and pointed to the spot.
Inler made no mistake and it got worse for Wales as Stocker turned home an Eren Derdiyok cross with 89 minutes on the clock.
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