Switzerland conquered a crucial success against Ireland at the Stade de Geneve on the road to Euro 2020. This 2-0 win allows them to keep their fate in their own hands and to tackle the November matches against Georgia and Gibraltar more serenely. Back on Swiss performance with tops and flops.
The tops of the Swiss team
1. Haris Seferovic. The Benfica striker delivered a full match. Present in the duels, at the discount, he scored his first goal, the 1-0 (16th), in the national jersey since his hat-trick against Belgium on 18 November. He could have raised his hands several times if his recovery from the 44th had not finished in the stars and if his deviation of the head had not been diverted to a corner by the gatekeeper opponent at the 52nd. The Lucernois was also smart at the end of the game knowing how to keep the ball and serving with skill Renato Steffen who was able to shift Edimilson Fernandes for the 2-0.
2. Edimilson Fernandes. Entered the game in the 28th minute in place of the unfortunate Admir Mehmedi, injured, the Valaisan brought biting. The middle of Mainz, twirling, was at the origin of several dangerous actions. He delivered a marvel of center to Seferovic shortly before half-time. Then, after the exit of Stephan Lichtsteiner and his replacement on the side, he knew how to take his role in the right corridor. If he suffered like the rest of the team for twenty-five minutes after the restart, he assured the Swiss victory with his shot deflected by Shane Duffy in his own nets in the final seconds.
The flops of the Swiss team
1. Breel Embolo. The striker Borussia MOnchengladbach was not bad. As always, he was not sparing of effort, he multiplied the calls and weighed on the opposing defense. He has recovered a lot of balloons. The problem ? Once again his waste. If he is an important element by his physical presence and debauchery of energy, he loses a lot of bullets as well. But the Basel is only 22 years old and he has a good margin of progress. By coupling his undeniable desire to a little more technical accuracy and a little more lucidity in his choices, it will become unavoidable.
2. Ricardo Rodriguez. The Milan side has delivered the goods. He even showed himself rather skilled in the stopped bullets by offering several opportunities to his attackers. But the Zurich, also very good in Copenhagen, incarnated, with his missed penalty, the helvetic incapacity to take shelter in this match. He, who so often took Switzerland out of the quagmire with his relentless coolness, was surprisingly weak on Darren Randolph's deflected shot at his post. Pity. Rodriguez, out of play time in his club, will undoubtedly rebound after this missed opportunity which will however remain anecdotal considering the final score.
Geneva, Ludovic Perruchoud