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2016 European Championship Qualifying, Group Stage 2016
  • Fedor Cernych (64')
  • Josip Drmić (69')
  • Xherdan Shaqiri (84')

Lithuania 1-2 Switzerland

Switzerland moved up to second in Group E as they claimed a 2-1 comeback victory over Lithuania in Sunday's European Championship qualifier at Zalgiris Stadium.
Fedor Cernych handed the hosts a shock lead against the run of play midway through the second half, but Josip Drmic netted an equaliser five minutes later before Xherdan Shaqiri fired home a late winner to extend their unbeaten run to seven matches.
The result in Vilnius sees the Swiss move up a spot into second where they trail leaders England by six points, while Igoris Pankratjevas' hosts drop down to fifth following Estonia's 2-0 win over bottom side San Marino.
The hosts came out of the blocks with intent and Egidijus Vaitkunas tested Yann Sommer with a powerful 25-yard free-kick in the opening exchanges, but the Borussia Monchengladbach goalkeeper kept his strike out.
Linas Klimavicius headed Vykintas Slivka's corner wide after 10 minutes before Switzerland began to dominate with Drmic firing over the crossbar and Granit Xhaka narrowly missing the target with a long-range effort as the visitors pressed for an opener.
The hosts came back with a half chance from Slivka midway through the first half, but Sommer did well to save the strike with his feet.
The Swiss came close to taking the lead eight minutes before the break with two chances in quick succession but Tomas Mikuckis blocked Fabian Schar's header before Ricardo Rodriguez fired Shaqiri's resulting corner wide from just outside the box.
Wolfsburg defender Ricardo Rodriguez almost put Switzerland in front two minutes into the second half with a chance that Mikuckis blocked before it became to dangerous inside the penalty box.
Deividas Matulevicius sent an effort wide from 25 yards out as the hosts tried to force their way back into the game in a bid to end their three-match losing streak and they managed to break the deadlock with a surprise opener after 64 minutes.
Vaitkunas collected the ball on a break, sending a cross in to the centre of the box for Cernych and the 24-year-old striker made no mistake as he lobbed the ball in low past the beaten Sommer.
But their lead lasted less than five minutes as Bayer Leverkusen's Drmic, who had a shot saved by Emilijus Zubas 10 minutes after the break, scored the equaliser as he found the back of the net after firing Blerim Dzemaili's header over the line to make it 1-1.
Zubas tipped Dzemaili's volley over the bar before Shaqiri sent his close-range shot into the stands as Switzerland pressed for a winner as the match wore on.
The away side were rewarded with a winner to go second in the Group E table thanks to an 84th-minute winner from Inter Milan winger Shaqiri, who slotted Breel Embolo's assist into the bottom corner to clinch all three points.
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