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| 11/13/2009 12:00:00 AM

Colombia U-17 0-4 Switzerland U-17: Swiss Romp Into U-17 World Cup Final

Nov 13--The first-time qualifiers are now just a match away from winning the tournament after an emphatic victory on Thursday.

Debutants Switzerland have made it all the way to the final of the FIFA Under-17 World Cup in Nigeria, trouncing Colombia 4-0 in the first semi-final at the Teslim Balogun Stadium in Lagos.

For Sunday's final at the Abuja National Stadium, Switzerland will await the winner of the other semi-final between hosts Nigeria and Spain.

Switzerland were a class apart from their South American foes, who looked tired and hardly troubled the Swiss in a very one-sided clash.

The Europeans overwhelmed a Colombian side reduced to ten men after only 13 minutes, when defender Santiago Arias was sent off for a deliberate hand ball inside his penalty box. First-half goals from Nassim Ben Khalifa and Haris Seferovic were added to by Bruno Martignoni and Ricardo Rodriguez in the second period.

Switzerland went in front in the 14th minute through a penalty kick converted by the classy Ben Khalifa, who moments earlier saw his goal-bound shot intentionally handled by Arias, who was sent off.

It was Ben Khalifa's fourth goal of the championship.

Seferovic doubled the Swiss lead in the 36th minute, getting to a through pass from Ben Khalifa. Despite the attention of two Colombian defenders, he fired home past a diving Cristian Bonilla.
 
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