After beating Portugal 1-0 on Sunday evening at the Geneva stadium, the Swiss national team regained its colors. Special mention to goalkeeper Jonas Umlin, who had an outstanding performance. Check out Nati’s player ratings below.
Jonas Umlin starred at Wembley against England last March, again in the red jersey with a white cross. The goalkeeper of Montpellier, the author of many high-ranking reviews, disgusted the Portuguese attackers throughout the match. With such a performance, he clearly confirmed that he is the replacement for Jan Sommer at the expense of Gregor Kopel who spent a very complicated evening last week in Lisbon.
Nico Elvedi found Manuel Akanji in the center of the defense and he showed it! After a tough encounter against the Czechs, the 25-year-old from Zurich regained all his cool in the Swiss defence. Tough in duels and persistent in recovery, he made a clean copy against the Lusitian offensive fleet.
Strong against Spain last Thursday, Manuel Akanji still had a good game on Sunday night in the Geneva park. Flawless in place, the Borussia Dortmund defender ousted Andre Silva. On the other hand, he still needed to improve his recovery.
Sylvain Widmer gave the Stade de Genève to the audience a performance of XXL. The Argovian first whipped Seferovic’s head on the only goal of the match before being very strong defensively. Injured in one knee, he had to make way at halftime for surprise Renato Steffen. A fairly offensive player, the latter showed that he is fully capable of playing as a full-back.
The undisputed title holder since the start of this tournament, Ricardo Rodriguez looked completely exhausted on Sunday night. Because of the difficulty of the Portuguese attackers’ speed, the Torino side limited the break defensively but did nothing on the offensive level. With Djibril Sue, he is the weak link in the Swiss national team tonight.
Like his highly successful performance against Spain, Granit Xhaka showed his advantage against the players of Fernando Santos. Positioned as a guard in front of the defense, Nati’s captain did not let the Portuguese midfielders breathe. The Arsenal player has been criticized at times for his lack of participation, and has reacted brilliantly, both against the Spaniards and against Bruno Fernandes’ teammates on Sunday night.
Remo Freuler took advantage of Granit Xhaka’s defensive work to regularly show himself in the Portuguese camp. Even if it didn’t make much noise, the Glaronais became a staple in the tactical device developed by Murat Yakin.
Like Michel Eibecher against Spain on Thursday, Djibril Sue is struggling to find his place in the Swiss midfield. He struggled in duels, but failed to stand out. Denis Zakaria missed this rally due to injury, and was finally the biggest winner in a duel at a distance with the Frankfurt and Bologna player.
Repositioned on the right flank of the Swiss attack, Breel Embolo doubled down on races to find spaces behind the Portuguese defence. If his physical impact is much appreciated, he still needs to advance on a technical level.
Xherdan Shaqiri will not have a lasting memory of his selection to the 106th national team because he had to leave his teammates in the 22nd minute due to a meltdown. Annoying because the Chicago Fire player had a good start to the match. As evidence of this, it was he who turned Silvan and destroyed the goalkeeper Seferovic. Replacing the ‘XS’, Noah Okafor ran a lot without being really dangerous.
Haris Seferovic once again put on the uniform of the savior of his country. After scoring twice against France at the last European Championship, the Surse national provided the three points for Nati thanks to a superb header that left no chance for Rui Patricio. In addition to his goal-scoring instinct, his ability to keep the ball in attack is also very useful in allowing the Swiss block to advance on the field. If he survives the injury, the Benfica player is sure to start in Qatar for the next World Cup.
Note that Noah Okafor (22), Renato Stephen (46), Stephen Zuber (65), Michel Ebecher (79) and Leonidas Stirgo (79), entered during the match, were not rated.
- 10: perfect match
- 9: An exceptional match
- 8: Very good game
- 7: Good game
- 6: satisfying game
- 5: Medium match
- 4: Insufficient match
- 3: bad game
- 2: very bad game
- 1: awesome match
- 0: a match with unacceptable behavior
- /: unclassified