Friday , April 23 2021

"It's a time to enjoy" – Switzerland win after recovering from Belgium with 5: 2!



The Swiss play against Belgium in unprecedented intoxication. After the initial defeat of 0: 2, they defeat the world number one, 5: 2. The imposing Haris Seferovic meets three times.

Christian Brägger, Lucerne

Haris Seferovic celebrates after scoring 5-2 with Steven Zuber, Denis Zackaria and Granit Xhaka. (Image: Urs Lindt / freshfocus)

Haris Seferovic celebrates after scoring 5-2 with Steven Zuber, Denis Zackaria and Granit Xhaka. (Image: Urs Lindt / freshfocus)

Haris Seferovic (Triple Swiss Gunner):

"It's a moment to take advantage of, we slept first and then we woke up, we really moved on, it was only a matter of time before the hits fell, we confirmed what kind of team we are, what qualities we have.

What a football night. What reaction to the "deadlock" during the week against Qatar. The Swiss finally meet their promise and defeat a big one with Belgium. And how they defeat him.

The Swiss know they need to beat the Belgians if they want England to host Portugal next June in the League of Nations final. But after just 66 seconds their game plan is outdated, which they have adjusted with coach Vladimir Petkovic against the world number one. And instead of respect, it ended – it should already be called: Attention, finished. Because Nico Elvedi, in addition to Timm Klose in the central defense at the beginning of many problems, and his colleague of Gladbach Thorgan Hazard puts the ball in play. And this easily conquers his Gladbach club colleague, Yann Sommer. The Swiss are trying to reorganize immediately, but they can not. On the contrary, the same risk reaches 2: 0 because it is allowed to prevail; now the Swiss would have to score at least four goals and no more money for the fourth final of the League of Nations.

Ricardo Rodriguez scores the penalty against Belgian goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois (Image: Toto Marti / Blick / freshfocus (Lucerne, November 18, 2018))

Ricardo Rodriguez scores the penalty against Belgian goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois.
(Image: Toto Marti / Blick / freshfocus (Lucerne, November 18, 2018))

But then comes what no one else believes. It happens miraculously after the initial game of cat and mouse of the Belgians, the Swiss suddenly take off. On 26 minutes, Ricardo Rodriguez explored the penalty that defender Kevin Mbabu eliminated. The connecting attack gives the tail wind, Petkovic immediately switches to the tested triple chain, already playing card risk. The Swiss press, the Belgians hardly know how they happen, four minutes later Haris Seferovic picks up after Xherdan Shaqiri's header to 2: 2. It gets even better because Seferovic has a kind of home game in Lucerne and can not be stopped. Even before the interval, the striker takes Switzerland after a counterattack to Edimilson Fernandes, with a wonderful end to the lead. 3: 2, what a change, what a strong reaction from Switzerland against this colossus of world football.

The question is how the Swiss should behave from now on. Push to the fourth goal? Or finally bring home the long-awaited victory against a big one? After a few minutes, you can see that Switzerland wants more. Seferovic fails just before the goal, the omnipresent Shaqiri circulates a free kick just above the case. 62 minutes into the game, Elvedi's free kick hit the ball from the right to the bottom of the penalty area. 4: 2! 4: 2!

Switzerland after a crazy turn in the Final Four

The Swiss increase in collective minute by minute

And what does Eden Hazard and Co. do? Little. If it is, the summer is in the same place, stopping two grandiose filming, then it saves again. The Swiss relentlessly put in another, Seferovic still does not have enough and beckons in the 84 minutes the ball to 5: 2 won – even at this altitude. The 15,000 spectators are away from home, Belgium defeated with five goals. It is a triumph of the collective, because everyone increases incredibly. Also Petkovic. How did Shaqiri say beforehand? "You do not need to worry." Was he right.

National coach Vladimir Petkovic:

"It was a little bit better than three days ago (0-1 against Qatar)." "We were in the game after 0: 2. I'm proud of these guys, we believe in our chance, even if it was a bit difficult after 0: 2. "

League of Nations

League A. Group 2. Last matchday: Switzerland – Belgium 5: 2. – Ranking: 1. Switzerland 4/9 (14: 5, in the final phase). 2. Belgium 4/9 (9: 6). 3. Iceland 4/0 (relegated)

Switzerland – Belgium 5: 2 (3: 2)

Lucerne. – 15 000 spectators (sold out). – SR Orsato (ITA).

Objectives: 2nd Thorgan Hazard 0: 1. 17. Thorgan Hazard 0: 2. 26. Rodriguez (lack of penalty) 1: 2. 31. Seferovic (Shaqiri) 2: 2. 44. Seferovic (Edimilson Fernandes) 3: 2. 62. Elvedi (Shaqiri) 4: 2. 84. Seferovic (Mbabu) 5: 2.

Switzerland: summer; Mbabu, Elvedi, Klose, Rodriguez; Xhaka, Freuler (79 ° Zakaria); Edimilson Fernandes, Shaqiri, Zuber (87º Benito); Seferovic (92 ° Ajeti).

Belgium: Courtois; Alderweireld, Kompany, Boyata; Meunier (90th Origi), Tielemans, Witsel, Chadli (65th Batshuayi); Thorgan Hazard, Mertens, Eden Hazard.


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