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Switzerland qualify for Euro 2020 with win over Gibraltar

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By Reuters
Switzerland qualify for Euro 2020 with win over Gibraltar
Soccer Football - Euro 2020 Qualifier - Group D - Gibraltar v Switzerland - Victoria Stadium, Gibraltar - November 18, 2019 Switzerland's Loris Benito celebrates scoring their fourth goal with Granit Xhaka and teammates REUTERS/Jon Nazca   -   Copyright  JON NAZCA(Reuters)

GIBRALTAR (Reuters) – Switzerland qualified for Euro 2020 with an easy 6-1 win away to Gibraltar in their final Group D qualifying match on Monday with Cedric Itten scoring twice.

The Swiss topped the group with 17 points, one ahead of Denmark who also qualified.

Needing a draw to qualify, the Swiss went ahead after 10 minutes through Itten, who had scored on his debut on Friday to give them a 1-0 win over Georgia. Ruben Vargas got to the byline and sent over a low cross which the Gibraltar defence failed to intercept and Itten tapped in.

Vargas himself headed the second from Loris Benito’s cross five minutes after halftime and Christian Fassnacht added the third seven minutes later after the Gibraltar defence failed to deal with Michael Lang’s cross.

Gibraltar pulled one back in the 74th minute when a long throw was headed on at the near post, the ball bobbled around and Reece Styche prodded it in.

But the celebrations did not last long as Switzerland went straight down the other end from the re-start and Benito added a fourth.

Itten took his tally to three in two internationals when he headed the fifth and provided the pass for Granit Xhaka to slot home the sixth as Gibraltar tired.

(Writing by Brian Homewood, editing by Pritha Sarkar)