Swiss left distraught

26 June 2010 08:50

Switzerland defender Stephane Grichting was left deflated after his side were knocked out of the World Cup.

Needing to win by two goals to progress to the last 16, they had to settle for a 0-0 draw against Honduras in Group H at the Free State Stadium.

He said: "We ran and we tried to do everything to score but it wasn't enough. When you only score one goal in three matches, you don't go through. We had everything in our hands - we had to win by two goals. That's what we tried to do, but we weren't able to do it."

Coach Ottmar Hitzfeld claimed the reason they are out is because the pressure got to the players.

He said: "Everyone is very disappointed as we had great ambition. We knew what we needed to do and I felt that was too much of a burden for the players.

"We got more nervous as the game wore on and were not accurate enough with our passes. We had some opportunities but we were not good enough going forward.

"We failed to deliver our promises after a sensational win over Spain, although we were disadvantaged against Chile (when Valon Behrami was sent off). If we had taken a point from that game we would have gone through."

Source: PA

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