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Swiss bow out after loss to hosts Canada

Switzerland have been knocked out of the Women's World Cup following a 0-1 defeat to hosts Canada in front of almost 54,000 spectators in Vancouver, most of them cheering on the home team.

Swiss bow out after loss to hosts Canada
Photo: Jeff Vinnick/Getty Images North America/AFP

A Josée Belanger second-half goal was enough to secure a quarterfinal spot for the Canadians on Sunday with a 1-0 win over Switzerland.
   
The 29-year-old from Quebec scored the winner after 52 minutes to the delight of the passionate crowd at Vancouver's BC Place Stadium.
   
Canada, fourth in 2003 and ranked eighth, next play either former champions Norway or England next Saturday in Vancouver for a place in the semifinal.
   
Switzerland, competing in their first World Cup and ranked 19th, had advanced from the group stage as one of the best third-place finishers.

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‘Overwhelmed’: Unaware Swiss super fan stunned about viral fame

A Swiss super fan who has shot to fame after images of him watching Switzerland’s win over France went viral told the media he was unaware of his viral fame - but that he was overwhelmed with the world’s attention.

‘Overwhelmed’: Unaware Swiss super fan stunned about viral fame
Image: Twitter.

Like most Swiss football fans, Luca Loutenbach’s Monday evening – highlighted by a surprise upset win over the current World Champions and tournament favourite France – went about as well as you could have expected. 

But while his side were putting on the pressure through late goals to push the game into extra time, Loutenbach’s image was being shared across the world. 

Two pictures of Loutenbach, juxtaposed from before and after Switzerland scored an equaliser in the 90th minute to send the game to extra time, were widely shared. 

The images were even shared by Sadiq Kahn, the mayor of London, who congratulated Switzerland and said the images summed up the beauty of football. 

On Tuesday, Loutenbach spoke with Swiss tabloid Blick to tell the story. He said he had no idea about the images as his phone had no reception in Romania – and only found out after the game. 

“I didn’t have a network during the game. But some fans around me were connected to the internet and quickly realized what was happening. What an incredible buzz!” said the man from the canton of Jura. 

While Switzerland have made it further than they have in their history in the tournament, Loutenbach is far from a bandwagon fan. He told Blick he’s seen around 50 national team games before. 

“It’s the most beautiful day in the history of Swiss football, let’s not be afraid of saying it. It is the accomplishment of the immense work of the ASF (Federation), of (coach) Petkovic and of the whole team” he said. 

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