Swiss Beat Cyprus, 1-0 in World Cup Qualifier

first_imgGENEVA (AP) — Switzerland took a huge step toward Brazil when substitute Haris Seferovic scored in the 90th minute for a 1-0 victory over Cyprus in a World Cup qualifying match late on June 8.The Swiss moved four points clear atop their group one day after closest challengers Albania and Iceland both failed to win home qualifiers.“It’s a very important victory and a big step,” said Switzerland assistant coach Michel Pont, who stood in for Ottmar Hitzfeld as the veteran coach completed a two-match touchline ban imposed by FIFA. “It was exactly the match we expected. Well done to the team for its patience.”Still, Switzerland seemed poised to waste a golden opportunity until Seferovic pounced on Xherdan Shaqiri’s astute angled pass into the penalty area.The 21-year-old Fiorentina forward cleverly lifted his left-foot shot over goalkeeper Antonis Georgallides high into the net.Switzerland had seemed destined for a second straight goalless draw littered with missed chances against a Cyprus side limited in ambition but resolute in defense.Switzerland, which seeks to reach its third straight World Cup tournament, has four matches remaining and next hosts Iceland on Sept. 6. Cyprus remains last in the six-team group.With Zurich teammates Josip Drmic and Mario Gavranovic leading the home attack, both came close to scoring in the seventh minute.Drmic’s slow-rolling shot toward an unguarded goal was cleared for a corner by defender Angelis Charalampous, and the left-flank cross found Gavranovic for a header which struck the far post.Basel winger Valentin Stocker was the spark in a bright early period, and Shaqiri had two shots blocked in quick succession just before the break.Cyprus seldom threatened, though Swiss ‘keeper Diego Benaglio saved smartly low to his right from Nektarios Alexandrou’s shot in the 61st.Gavranovic drew diving saves from Georgallides with two second-half shots and Shaqiri was more wasteful, failing to finish off a three-on-one break in the 53rd and shooting straight at Georgallides in the 87th.The Bayern Munich winger showed his class with the decisive pass, cutting through the Cypriot back line into the path of Seferovic, for the former Under-17 World Cup winner to get first senior international goal.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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QUEENSLAND ORIGIN SQUADS ANNOUNCED

first_imgWomen’s 30Dawn Aaskov – SCFBDTanya Bougoure – SCFBDAmanda Bourne – SWQLeanne Brooks – SQBDKim Cetinich – NQJude Dumke – SCFBDMaryanne Fisher – SQBDNatalie Leicht – SWQNatalie Leis – SQBDTheresa Lowe – NQSharlene McNamara – SWQJackie Morris – SWQBrooke O’Brien – NQKatie Pope – NQSam Ramsamy – NQKylie Robinson – SQBDSharon Searston – SQBDBritt Sharkey – NQCarene Ward – SWQDebbie Wilson – SQBDKelly Zelinski – SQBDMen’s 35s Lawrence Fisher – BCCorey Foster – SQBD Troy Great – NQCameron Hall – SQBD Dave Hartmann – BCGeoff Hooper – BCRhys Jones – BCIan Jordan – SQBD Robin Kildare – SQBD Sam Lee – BCColm Maguire – SQBD Paul Mason – CQPeter Murray – NQCraig Neilan – SWQJimmy Neilan – SWQLeigh O’Brien – NQShane Rigby – SQBD Reece Sale – NQCraig Slavin – SQBD Peter Tong – SQBD Cameron Upton – CQGraham White – SWQMatthew Wood – CQWomen’s 35s Kaye Broadfoot – SWQDeb Collingwood – BCKaren Cooksley – BC Sherry Ey – SQBDCathy Farrelly – BCSandy Gleeson – SWQBronwyn Green – SWQJayne Halvorsen – SQBDDebbie Harris-Taaffe – SQBDKaren Hegadus – SWQTammy House – CQSelena Kelly – SWQDionne Kelvin – NQSharon Kildare – SQBDAmanda Koehler – SQBDJudy McCarthy – SQBDAlison McWhirter – BCKelly Morris – SQBDMichelle Muir – SQBDEllen Pengilly – SWQLorelle Sankey – SWQTanya Shuker – CQTracey Upton – CQLexia Willmington – BCMen’s 40s Mitch Bonaventura – SQBDPaul Carmody – SWQPaul Erickson – SQBDAndrew Fox – SWQSteve Green – SQBDMook Harrington – SQBDMichael Hunter – BCDavid Kofoa – SQBDDarren Kuskopf – CQDarren Lawrence – CQJustin Lawrence – CQGreg Lisle – SWQTony Mikkelsen – CQPatrick O’Brien – BCPeter Owen – SQBDLuke Shaw – SQBDWayne Short – CQSean Slinger – BCRodney Wilson – SWQSteve Womersley – SQBDWomen’s 40s Louise Alexander – BCKatina Davis – NQHeather Desbois – NQJoyce Downes – SQBDAnna Fuiava – SQBDRhonda Grehan – SQBDHaylene Grogan – SWQ Leanne Hudson – BCVirginia Ingham – SQBDSharon Jones – SQBDKaren McNamara – CQAngie McPhee – BCLisa Miller – SQBDKerry Robinson – SQBDAlison Twiname – NQFiona White – CQCarlie Young – BCMen’s 45sBrett Allen – SQBDGreg Carmody – SWQPhil Driese – SWQKevin Flett – SWQJohn Hall – SWQWally Hanley – SWQSteve Hennessey – SQBDAndrew Hooper – SCFBDMark Jansson – SQBDAllan Jenkins – NQRon Keleher – SCFBDDarryl Lancaster – SQBDPeter Le Feuvre – NQBarry Matthews – SQBDStewart McCarther – SCFBDBill McLean – BCLes Patience – SQBDWayne Rohlf – SCFBDHank Solien – SQBDTrevor Strahan – NQBill Szaba – SQBDAshley Taylor – SCFBDGlenn Todd – SCFBDMen’s 50s Dallas Anderson – SCFBDMichael Arnold – SWQDon Baartz – BCSteven Berry – CQDavid Brown – BCRon Dejun – BCRay Downs – NQTerry Ford – SWQKev Hickey – BCGerard Kearney – NQIan Kerr – NQTony Lacaze – BCMichael Long – SCFBDIan MacLeod – SQBDRob McCarthy – BCBryan Pullar – BCGreg Purves – SWQPeter Rowe – NQMike Thoars – BCGreg Young – BC Women’s Open Kirsty Beer – CQKristy Brennan – SQBDAli Brigginshaw – BCNikki Etheridge – SWQGemma Etheridge – SWQBelinda Hammett – SQBDSamantha Hopkin – BCEmily Hopkin – BCAlyce Hulbert – SQBDShaye MacLeod – SQBDShelley Matchem – SCFBDKelly McGennity – NQTeena McIlveen – SQBDGreta Perkins – CQLauren Potter – SWQPeta Rogerson – SCFBDHayley Rogerson – SCFBDJane Royal – NQJessica Shaw – SQBDMary Steel – BCRoxanne Winder – SQBDKelly Woods – BCMixed OpenKatie Aitkins – BCJohn Andrews – SQBDMichael Baartz – BCCasey Clark – SCFBDTom Eyeles – BCLucas Feldman – BCAmy Fong – SQBDClare Giarola – SQBDTara Mako – SQBDHayley McAnelly – SQBDBen McCullum – SQBDLauren McDonald – SQBDCorey Meredith – BCLuke Parker – BCShannon Sankey – BCMissy Shaw – SQBDMen’s 20sNicholas Brigginshaw – BCKristian Congoo – NQJosh Evans – SQBDCorrie Gilbert – CQ Cody Green – BCStuart Hayes – BCRyan Jacks – BC Rhys Jacks – BCJoel Keune – CQJay Latumahina – BCGus Law – BCKeith MacDonald – SQBDBernard Matthews – BCTroy Mendham – SCFBDPeter Norman – SQBDJustin Otto – CQToby Pirini – SQBDJeremy Russo – CQKarl Skinner – SQBDDylan Taikato – SQBDDamien Townson – NQWomen’s 20s Alika Bedford – SQBDLizzie Campbell – BCEmilee Cherry – SWQRebecca Clarkson – SCFBDMegan Clarkson – SCFBDEmily Edwards – SQBDKylie Gainer – SQBDBelinda Hayes – SWQKelly Jones – BCGenevieve Lacaze – BCTallon McCarthy – BCAlyce McCloskey – CQNicole Michael – NQKimberley O’Connor – CQSavannah Pratten – SCFBDKirsty Quince – BCEmily Reed – SCFBDAlieia Spence -NQ Marikki Watego – SQBDMen’s 30s Daryl Ashton – BCColin Beckitt – NQMatt Bowe – SWQGuy Dorrick – NQLawrence Fisher – BCMatthew Flaherty – BCMichael Hall – BCMark Hartley – SQBDMark Henricksen – BCAlex Hinch – SWQTrevor Lake – BCDavid Lockhart – SQBDDamien Logan – NQTrent MacDonald – SWQJason McNamara – BCChris Neville – SWQJason Powell – CQCraig Searston – SQBDJamie Wallace – SWQKenny Ward – SWQBen Warren – CQ The 2008 Queensland State of Origin squads have been announced after the selection process was completed at the X-Blades Queensland State Regional Championships conducted in Toowoomba from October 5-7 2007.All players whose names appear in the 2008 State squads have all responded to the letter of offer forwarded to them. The squads will take part in the first of the selection camps to be conducted on December 1-2 2007 at Redlands in the lead-up to the State of Origin Series to be played in Sydney in August 2008. A number of positions have not yet been finalised with several players being on leave since the letters were forwarded.The Queensland Touch Association will update the squads when all letters of offer have been responded to.Men’s Open Troy Clark – SCFBDDrummayne Day-Berg Muir – SQBDAsh Farrow – SCFBDChris Farrow – SCFBDGian Guerra – NQPhil Gyemore – CQMook Harrington – SQBDRalph Hickman – SQBDBrett Hughes – BCNathan Jones – SQBDBrent Madders – BCKris McMurdy – SQBDJustin Mitchell – CQDamian Moar – SQBDRyan Pollock – SQBDSebe Rey – BCBen Roberts – SCFBDBen Robinson – SQBDMichael Rogers – BCGavin Shuker – CQTroy Skinner – SQBDMitchell Smith – CQPeter Stoddard – SQBDClint Withers – CQDaniel Withers – CQlast_img read more

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