Murat Yakin’s experiments in Portugal went horribly wrong.Image: keystone
Switzerland lost their lessons in the second game of the League of Nations in Lisbon against Portugal and lost 0: 4. Cristiano Ronaldo scores two goals.
06/05/2022, 19:576/6/2022, 12:23
When Israeli referee Orel Grinfeld whistled in the 92nd minute, it was like salvation for the Swiss. SFV’s selection stood no chance on this mellow spring evening at the nearly sold out Estadio Alvalade and received a lesson from the 2016 European champions.
“It was a shit game until the end. We were constantly in counterattacks and conceding stupid goals. I have to take responsibility for the fourth. After all, it just wasn’t enough. It’s hard to analyze.
Gregor Kobel, national goalkeeper
In the end, Murat Yakin’s team had to be glad that they only lost 4-0. The last time SFV lost 4-0 in a friendly against Germany in March 2008. The appearance of the Swiss was reminiscent of the European Championship qualifying round match against Italy last summer, when Switzerland fell 0-3. Or the 2014 World Cup, when they were losing 5-0 to France after 73 minutes.
For half an hour, Switzerland managed to contain the damage to some extent. She even started the game better by scoring the first goal. But since the ball touched Fabian Schär’s hand after Xherdan Shaqiri’s corner kick, Haris Seferovic’s goal didn’t count (5 minutes). Ricardo Rodriguez and Xherdan Shaqiri later had two or three chances after Portugal’s first goal after 15 minutes from William Carvalho.
Discussions about me and my position get on my nerves. I never talked about tactics. I just said where I like to play the most, but the coach is the boss and I have to do my job everywhere. It really pisses me off that everything is so big again. If that continues, I will have to stop interviewing some media outlets. “
Granite Xhaka, Captain
However, when the Portuguese significantly increased the pace of the offensive after half an hour, the Swiss defense fell apart completely. Attack after attack came 15 minutes before the break against a completely overwhelmed defense, with Cristiano Ronaldo scoring 116 and 117 goals in his 188th appearance for the country. Switzerland seems to have made a special impression on the 37-year-old. When they met in the 2019 Nations League semi-final in Porto, the superstar scored all three goals to make it 3-1.
In addition to two goals, Ronaldo missed two other top-notch chances. Pepe hit his head against the post after a corner kick in the 38th minute. It would be quite possible 5-0 or 6-0 at the break. And if the hosts had not clearly slowed down after switching sides, the defeat would have been even greater.
Defense as a weak point
Compared to the Czech Republic, defense turned out to be Switzerland’s Achilles’ heel. In the fall, early in Yakin’s tenure, it was the basis of a successful World Cup qualifier in Qatar, but so far this spring has not done much. On Thursday, two more slapstick cutscenes led to goals conceded, but this time the four Swiss defenders were completely overwhelmed by the brilliant Portuguese offensive.
Fabian Schär had another bad day but was unlucky that his 0-1 free-kick was scored as a foul and also resulted in a warning. Fabian Frei, who replaced Nico Elvedi, couldn’t hide the fact that he was not keeping up with the pace at the highest international level, as he did against England in March. Kevin Mbabu and Ricardo Rodriguez were not on the right track on both sides of the Portuguese.
“After the alleged 1-0, we missed a bit, the distances to the opponent were not correct anymore. There is also no happiness, it is a bitter evening. We introduced some new forces from the last game, not all of which were in tune. We didn’t do our work defensively today. Today we don’t have to make excuses, the opponent was better in all phases.
Murat Yakin, national team coach
Murat Yakin brought seven new players compared to the match against the Czech Republic. Jordan Lotomba also joined the team just before the match kicked off after Ruben Vargas injured his thigh muscle during the warm-up. The coach of the national team did not do everyone a favor.
The evening was particularly bitter for Gregor Kubl, who replaced Yann Sommer in the goal and came to his third international game. The Borussia Dortmund goalkeeper looked weak both 1-0 when he rebounded the striker from Ronaldo’s free-kick and 4-0 when he was one step behind goalscorer João Cancelo.
Portugal 4-0 Switzerland (3-0)
Estadio Alvalade, Lisbon. – 42,325 spectators. – SR Grinfeld (ISR).
Gates: 15. William Carvalho (Ronaldo’s Free Kick) 1-0. 35. Ronaldo (Diogo Jota) 2-0. 40. Ronaldo (Diogo Jota) 3-0. 68 Cancel (Bernardo Silva) 4-0.
Portugal: Rui Patricio; João Cancelo, Pepe, Danilo, Nuno Mendes; Ruben Neves (77th Palhinha); Otavio (Leão 77), Bruno Fernandes (Bernardo Silva 67), William Carvalho (Nunes 84), Diogo Jota (Horta 67); ronaldo
Switzerland: Kobel; Mbabu, Frei, Schär, Rodriguez (62nd Okafor); Sow (81 Gavranović), Xhaka; Steffen (70. Bottani), Shaqiri (70. Freuler), Lotomba; Seferovic (62nd Embolo).
Remarks: Portugal without Ruben Dias, João Felix and Renato Sanches, Switzerland without Akanji, Elvedi, Vargas, Zakaria and Zuber (all injured). 5. Seferovic’s goal is not considered a hand. 51st goal not considered offside by Ronaldo. 38. Pepe’s head hits the post.
Warnings: 14. Schär (a foul). 32 Bruno Fernandes (foul), 49 Steffen (foul), 80 Embolo (foul). (abu / sda)
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