Switzerland finally returned to victory, as they beat Portugal 1-0 in Stade Geneva on the fourth day of the League of Nations. The authors of a tough match, Murat Yakin’s men found the error in… 58 seconds by Haris Seferovic. Note the phenomenal performance of janitor Jonas Umlin.
Because of Jonas Umlin’s caged prowess and impeccable team spirit, this victory changes everything. In the near future, it allows Switzerland to return, after 3 preliminary defeats, to one point behind the Czech Republic, who were defeated 2-0 in Malaga against Spain, before the last two matches in September. Maintenance in the first division of the League of Nations becomes possible again.
This success, the first of the year, will especially calm spirits. With his 4-3-3 style, Murat Yakin made surprising choices at times. But they were winners. Less than a minute was enough to remind Haris Seferovic that he was the Swiss-France champion last year in the Euros with a double from Bucharest. Lucerne scored his 25th goal of choice with a header on a perfect cross from Sylvain Widmer.
Even without Cristiano Ronaldo, Portugal took the lead in the minutes. But he was only to take advantage of one chance with a header from Danilo that Jonas O’Mlin interfered with the class. The Montpellier goalkeeper gave a performance that Gregor Copel could not achieve a week ago in Lisbon.
As we feared, the second period was just an offensive defense. The impression was reinforced by the entries of Diogo Jota and Bernardo Silva after the hour mark and, fortunately for Switzerland, the team’s goalkeeper was up to the situation. Omlin saved his people in 49th place in front of Andre Silva, in the 63rd minute with a shot from Bernardo Silva, in the 72nd minute on recovering from Guedes and with a header from Diogo Jota again in the 77th minute.
ATS / Ace