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Switzerland win opening Euro 2004 match

Swiss football players celebrate as they edge closer to victory Keystone Archive

Switzerland's Euro 2004 campaign got off to a good start on Sunday with a 4-1 victory over Georgia in a Group 10 qualifying match.

This content was published on September 9, 2002 - 07:57

Köbi Kuhn's men thrilled the home crowd in Basel with a smooth performance, boosting their chances of advancing to the finals in Portugal.

Switzerland's Alex Frei scored the first goal of the match in the 37th minute.

The Georgians answered with a goal in the 62nd minute, scored by Glasgow Rangers' Shota Arveladze.

The dominant Swiss ensured the rest of the evening was as painful as possible for the Georgia side. Hakan Yakin put Switzerland in the lead again when he booted the ball past David Gvaramadze.

Patrick Müller headed the ball just inside the post in the 75th minute while veteran Stephane Chapuisat made it 4-1 minutes later.

The match was Switzerland's first competitive meeting since losing 0-4 to Russia in World Cup qualifying 11 months ago.

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