Posted: 03.31.2021, 10:47 PM
There are always lessons to be learned from friendlies, no matter how badly placed they are. Wednesday, at Saint-Gall, Vladimir Petkovic has received confirmation that he does not have an expandable group and that, as soon as the majority of its holders do without, it becomes very difficult for Switzerland to compete internationally. While’opposite Finland, a minor football nation that will play the first Euro in its history this summer, had she also alignedIt’s un XI de «hairdressers», the Helvetii had to count on the entry of the executives to pass the shoulder.
The start of the game had already given rise to fear of the worst, for the courageous supporters of their national team glued to their TV screens. Because the Swiss had all the trouble in the world to be dangerous and their opponents were too weak to endanger them. As often, the solution came from an inspiration from Xherdan Shaqiri.
The Liverpuldien, helped by the mistakes of the Finnish defense, overwhelmed and served Djibril Sow, who did the same with Mario Gavranovic. As a good scorer, the Ticino did not miss the occasion (21e). The Dinamo Zagreb player had been the only dangerous one before (12e) and will then find the post just after the 1-1.
It was necessary to go back to November 2018 to find the trace of three tenures of’straight from «Shaq» in the national jersey. In the Premier League, the Balois of 29 years old had made five base XIs in December of the same year. Then, between choice of l’trainer and injuries, he had dragged his spleen a little.
Today’hui, the star of the Nati has found smile and efficiency, even wearing for the first time the captain’s armband of his country on Wednesday, before going out at the break. He is simply irreplaceable, as his two assists in Bulgaria (1-3) and his important goal against Lithuania (1-0) also proved.
The Swiss still managed the feat of slacking off after the opener and conceding a horrible equalizer. On a corner from the left, Joel Pohjanpalo was alone to place a not really dangerous header (30e). Except that one of his teammates was also lonely in front of Jonas Omlin, who did not intervene.
The “replacements” save the furniture
The Union Berlin striker even put on a second ten minutes later, from the penalty spot, for what will ultimately be the second and last shot on target for his team in the game. Djibril Sow then lost the leather in an avoidable way, before pushing Onni Valakari slightly into the penalty area. The player of Eintracht Frankfurt, very discreet in the face of seconds knives, did not do much to cast doubt on the hierarchy of midfielders of the Nati, and that is an understatement.
Ruben Vargas, he probably composted his ticket for the Euro this week. The Augsburg winger was one of the few in his lineup to challenge the Lithuanians on Sunday. This time, entering the second half, he scored his second international goal in force (57e).
Previously Steven Zuber (49e), Xhaka (52e) and Zakaria (54e) should have scored. It was ultimately Haris Seferovic who was able to save appearances, from the head, to the 86e. The two pre-Euro 2020 friendlies won’t be too much…
Posted: 03.31.2021, 10:47 PM
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