NEWS: 09.06.2019

Switzerland lose on penalties to England

Switzerland lose on penalties to England
Yann Sommer and the four other Borussia players lost on penalties. Photo: imago images/David Klein

Switzerland lost the third-placed play-off in the finals of the UEFA Nations League on penalties 6-5 to England. Yann Sommer played in goal, with Nico Elvedi also starting the game. Denis Zakaria and Josip Drmic both came on as substitutes.

The Swiss made two changes to their side that lost 3-1 to Portugal in the semi-finals. Yann Sommer continued in goal; however Denis Zakaria lost his place in the starting XI, despite a strong display in the previous game. He sat alongside Michael Lang and Josip Drmic on the bench. Nico Elvedi, meanwhile, did start the game as part a three-man defence. The 22-year-old therefore picked up his 11th cap for Vladimir Petkovic’s team.

Sommer makes two excellent saves

Gladbach shotstopper Sommer was in action after just 96 seconds, tipping Harry Kane’s lob onto the crossbar. After that early start, the game calmed down somewhat, before Sommer again tipped an effort on to the woodwork at the start of the second half – this time a wayward clearance by his own teammate Fabian Schär. Denis Zakaria was introduced into the game after an hour. There was little action in the two penalty areas until the 84th minute, when it seemed that sub Callum Wilson had finally given England the lead. His goal was then ruled out for a foul by VAR. Josip Drmic then also came off the bench with three minutes to go, meaning that four Foals were on the pitch for extra-time.

Sommer denies England again in extra time

In extra time, England continued to be the more offensive-mided team, but Sommer was on hand to keep the scores level. In the first half of extra time, Gladbach’s number one saved a header from Dele Alli which was heading into the corner of the goal, before denying Raheem Sterling’s effort from a narrow angle on the rebound. In the second half, the only main chance of the game was a Sterling free kick which struck the Swiss crossbar, and the game had to be decided via a penalty shoot out.

Drmic misses decisive spot kick

Harry Maguire, Steven Zuber, Ross Barkley and Granit Xhaka all left the goalkeeper with no chance from the spot. Sommer was able to get a hand to Jadon Sancho’s penalty but couldn’t prevent it finding the back of the net. Akanji then converted before Sterling, Kevin Mbabu, Jordan Pickford and Fabian Shär each made no mistake. With the scores tied at 5-5, the shoot out continued. Eric Dier converted for the Three Lions, before Pickford denied Josip Drmic, handing Switzlerand a fouth place finish in the UEFA Nations League.