NEWS: 09.09.2019

Zakaria scores in Switzerland qualifier win

Zakaria scores in Switzerland qualifier win
Denis Zakaria celebrates his goal with Breel Embolo and former Foal Granit Xhaka. Photo: imago images / Geisser

Yann Sommer, Nico Elvedi, Denis Zakaria and Breel Embolo were all involved in Switzerland’s 4-0 victory against Gibraltar in last night’s European Championship qualifier. Four more Gladbach players will represent their countries this evening.

Borussia’s Switzerland stars Yann Sommer, Nico Elvedi, Denis Zakaria and Breel Embolo have been on international duty helping their country qualify for next year’s Euros. They beat Gibraltar 4-0 (HT 3-0) on Sunday evening in Sion with all four Gladbach players in the starting XI. The Swiss started with a high tempo against the outsiders and continually pushed for the opening goal, which Borussia midfielder Denis Zakaria eventually found with a headed effort from former Foal Granit Xhaka’s corner (37’). This was Zakaria’s third goal in 24 international appearances. Admir Mehmedi (43’) and Ricardo Rodriguez (45+3) made it 3-0 before half time and Mario Gavranovic added a fourth in the second half (87’). Embolo’s work had already been done by this point as he was subbed off before the hour mark. The other Gladbach boys played the full 90 minutes.

“We should have been a lot more commanding with so many chances,” said national coach Vladimir Petkovic. “But I must say I am happy with the win. There were a lot of positives. We have some very difficult games coming up.” Switzerland are still on course in qualifying group D and their win puts them on eight points, one behind favourites Denmark, who drew 0-0 with Georgia having played one game more. They are also just three points behind group leaders Ireland, who have played five games.

Four Foals in action today

Four more Borussia players will represent their countries this evening. Matthias Ginter and his Germany teammates face Northern Ireland in European qualifying (20:45 CEST), while Stefan Lainer plays for Austria against Poland (20:45 CEST) and László Bénes and Slovakia line up against Hungary (20:45 CEST). The Algeria national team and Ramy Bensebaini will face Benin at the Mustapha Tchaker Stadium in Blida tonight (22:00 CEST).