Haris Seferovic (Swiss triple shooter):
"It's a moment of joy, we slept first, and then we woke up, we really started, it was only a matter of time before the hits would fall, we confirmed what kind of band we are, what are the features.»
What a football night. What a reaction to the "business impasse" during the week against Qatar. The Swiss are finally fulfilling their promise and defeating a large one with Belgium. And how they defeated him.
The Swiss know that they must defeat the Belgians if they want England to host Portugal in June in the League of Nations final. But after 66 seconds their nice plan of matches is now out of date, and they have corrected with coach Vladimir Petkovic against world number one. And instead of respect, finished – should already be called: Attention, finished. Because Nico Elvedi in addition to Timma Klose in the central defense at the beginning of many troubles and his colleague from the club Gladbach, Thorgan Hazard, puts the ball. And it is easily conquered by his teammate Gladbach, Yann Sommer. The Swiss are trying to re-sort immediately, but it fails. On the contrary, the same threat reaches 2: 0 because it is allowed to win; now the Swiss will have to score at least four goals and no more cash for the final Four Nations League.
But then comes what nobody believes in anymore. It happens a miracle after the initial Belgian cat and mouse game, suddenly the Swiss will take off. In the 26th minute, Ricardo Rodriguez uses the penalty he defeated Kevin Mbabu. Combining the blow gives the rear wind, Petkovic instantly switches to the tested triple chain, playing the risk of the card. The Swiss press, the Belgians hardly know how it happens, four minutes later Haris Seferovic meets with Xherdan Shaqiri to 2: 2. It is even better because Seferovic has a homework in Lucerne and can not be stopped. Even before the break, the striker brings Switzerland after a counterattack on Edimilson Fernandes, with a beautiful finish on the lead. 3: 2, what a change, what a strong reaction of Switzerland to this colossus of world football.
The question is how the Swiss should behave from now on. Push the fourth goal? Or, finally, bring home a long-awaited victory against the big one? After a few minutes you can see that Switzerland wants more. Seferovic loses just in front of the goal, the ubiquitous Shaqiri draws a free kick just above the chest. In the 62nd minute the time has come: Elvedi hits his head after Shaqiri cross 4: 2. 4: 2!
Switzerland after a crazy turn in Final Four
Swiss population increase from minute to minute
And what are Eden Hazard and the company doing? Little. If this is the case, summer is in place, pairing two great shots, then saving again. The tireless Swiss have put in another, Seferovic still has too little and nods in the 84th minute the ball to 5: 2 – even at this height. 15,000 spectators are out and Belgium has scored five goals. This is the triumph of the collective because they all grow incredibly. Petkovic too. How did Shaqiri say in advance? "You do not have to worry." He was right.
National trainer Vladimir Petkovic:
"It was a bit better than three days ago (0-1 against Qatar.) A big compliment for the team, we stopped in the match after 0: 2. I'm proud of these guys. We believed in our chance, even if after 0: 2 it was a bit harder. "
League of Nations
Liga A. Group 2. The last round: Switzerland – Belgium 5: 2. – Ranking: 1. Switzerland 4/9 (14: 5, in the final tournament). 2. Belgium 4/9 (9: 6). 3. Iceland 4/0 (relegation).
Switzerland – Belgium 5: 2 (3: 2)
Lucerne. – 15,000 spectators (sold out). – SR Orsato (ITA).
Goals: 2. Thorgan Hazard 0: 1. 17. Thorgan Hazard 0: 2. 26. Rodriguez (foul foul) 1: 2. 31. Seferovic (Shaqiri) 2: 2. 44. Seferovic (Edimilson Fernandes) 3: 2. 62. Elvedi (Shaqiri) 4: 2. 84. Seferovic (Mbabu) 5: 2.
Switzerland: summer; Mbabu, Elvedi, Klose, Rodriguez; Xhaka, Freuler (79 Zakaria); Edimilson Fernandes, Shaqiri, Zuber (87. Benito); Seferovic (92. Ajeti).
Belgium: Courtois; Alderweireld, Kompany, Boyata; Meunier (90th Origi), Tielemans, Witsel, Chadli (65th Batshuayi); Thorgan Hazard, Mertens, Eden Hazard.