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Turkey, Switzerland to meet in Euro 2008
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15:38, June 11, 2008

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Both Turkey and Switzerland lost their opening Euro 2008 Group A matches on Saturday, hence the loser on Wednesday evening will have to wait another four years for Euro 2012, local Today's Zaman reported on Wednesday.

The Turks will need to improve their attacking against the Swiss Wednesday after they were completely outclassed and beaten 2-0 by group favorite Portugal on Saturday. The same applies to the Swiss, who lost 1-0 to the Czech Republic in the opener.

Turkey and Switzerland will meet in Swiss city of Basel for their second Group A match of the Euro 2008 for the first time after a brawl in their last encounter in Istanbul.

In November 2005, Turkey hosted Switzerland for the second round of 2006 World Cup qualifying playoff and won the game 4-2. However, they were eliminated because of the 2-0 defeat in the first match in Switzerland and 4-4 on aggregate.

Due to subsequent clashes between players and coaching staff, world football's governing body FIFA ordered Turkey to play their first three Euro 2008 qualifiers on neutral ground behind closed doors.

Wednesday's match will be the 15th encounter of Turkey and Switzerland. Turkey won 7 and lost 4 games. Turkey and Switzerland both scored 19 goals in 14 matches played so far.

Police and security officials said Wednesday's game will be kept under control and that more police will be deployed in Basel. However, European governing body UEFA said it was not planning to increase security measures inside the stadium.

Swiss captain Alex Frei will be their biggest absentee after being ruled out of the tournament with a knee ligament injury. His regular strike partner Marco Streller has suffered from a recurring groin problem but is expected to recover in time.


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