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Switzerland 2-1 Slovenia
Hakan Yakin announced his return to form by setting up one goal and scoring the other in Switzerland's 2-1 win against Slovenia at the Stade de Genève.

Yakin winner
With Switzerland trailing 1-0 after a disappointing first half, Yakin, out of sorts and struggling for full fitness after starting just one match this season for VfB Stuttgart, teed up Fabio Celestini for the equaliser before capping Switzerland's rousing second-half comeback with the winner six minutes from time.

Boost for Kuhn
It was just the lift coach Jakob Kuhn needed after seeing his side's progress since qualifying for UEFA EURO 2004™ hampered by loss of form and injuries to key personnel. Kuhn was at least afforded the luxury of a near full-strength squad to choose from here - but on the evidence of the first 45 minutes there seemed little chance of improvement on consecutive friendly defeats by Morocco and Greece.

Mavric saves
Yakin showed promise with a powerful drive on eleven minutes that Borut Mavric did well to parry, but the home side struggled to break down an organised Slovenian defence. Switzerland's best chance of the half went Raphaël Wicky's way on 34 minutes; unmarked three metres from goal, he could only head tamely at Mavric.

Zahovic strikes
While Switzerland toiled to create chances with little effect, Slovenia were hardly seen as an attacking force - until they produced the move of the half in the final minute to take the lead. Amir Karic cut down the left and squared the ball to Ermin Šiljak on the edge of the area. The striker's first touch put the ball into the path of Zlatko Zahovic, who flashed a shot past Jörg Stiel and into the top corner.

Increased urgency
Kuhn made four changes at the break and his side responded with increased urgency - the substitutes Mailaim Rama and Johann Lonfat combining well on 46 minutes, with the former crossing for the latter who headed over.

Switzerland press
Three minutes later Yakin's cross picked out Bruno Berner, preferred at left-back to Christoph Spycher, and his header was brilliantly tipped over by Mavric. The goalkeeper saved well again on 60 minutes, this time turning Yakin's dipping free-kick round the post.

Celestini leveller
Yakin was becoming increasingly influential and he set up the equaliser on 66 minutes, rolling a free-kick across the edge of the Slovenia area for substitute Celestini to shoot low past Mavric.

Yakin header
Stéphane Grichting came on to win his first cap in the second half as Kuhn's replacements turned the game. The new faces shrugged off Switzerland's first-half lethargy and earned the reward a strong second-half showing deserved six minutes from time, when Yakin rose unmarked to head in Daniel Gygax's precise cross from the left.
 
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