The Swiss team returned to their colors with a 1-0 win against Portugal on Sunday evening at the Stade de Genève. Special mention goes to goalkeeper Jonas Omlin, who put in a remarkable performance. Check out the national team player ratings below.
Jonas Omlin, who shone against England at Wembley last March, shone again in the red jersey with the white cross. The Montpellier goalkeeper, author of several first-class saves, literally disgusted the Portuguese attackers throughout the game. With such a performance, he clearly asserted himself as Yann Sommer’s understudy to the detriment of Gregor Kobel, who had a very complicated evening in Lisbon last week.
Nico Elvedi found Manuel Akanji in central defense and he showed it! After a difficult encounter against the Czechs, the 25-year-old from Zurich has regained all his composure in the Swiss rearguard. Solid in duels and diligent in recovery, he made a very clean copy against the Lusitanian offensive fleet.
Manuel Akanji, who was strong against Spain last Thursday, still had a good game this Sunday night on the Geneva lawn. Impeccable in his placement, the Borussia Dortmund defender wiped out André Silva. On the other hand, he still needs to improve his recovery.
Silvan Widmer gave the audience at the Stade de Genève an XXL performance. The Argovian put the leather on Haris Seferovic’s head first for the game’s only goal before being very solid defensively. Hit in the knee, he had to give way to the surprising Renato Steffen at half-time. The latter is a more attacking player who has shown he is quite capable of playing as a full-back.
Ricardo Rodriguez, the undisputed defending champion since the beginning of this league, seemed completely burned out this Sunday evening. Troubled by the speed of the Portuguese attackers, the Torino side defensively limited the breakthrough but did nothing offensively. Together with Djibril Sow he is the weak link in the Swiss team tonight.
As with his very successful performance against Spain, Granit Xhaka showed his advantage against Fernando Santos’ players. Placed as a guard in front of the defence, the Nati captain gave the Portuguese midfielders no air. The Arsenal player, who was sometimes criticized for his lack of commitment, responded perfectly, both against the Spaniards and against Bruno Fernandes’ team-mates that Sunday night.
Remo Freuler used Granit Xhaka’s defensive work to assert himself regularly in the Portuguese camp. Even if it doesn’t make much noise, the Glaronais has become an essential element of the tactical tool introduced by Murat Yakin.
Like Michel Aebischer against Spain on Thursday, Djibril Sow is also fighting for his place in the Swiss midfield. He fought in duels and could not stand out. After all, Denis Zakaria, who was absent due to injury, is the big winner of his long-distance duel with Frankfurt and Bologna.
Repositioned on the right flank of the Swiss attack, Breel Embolo multiplied the races to find spaces behind the Portuguese defense. While its physical impact is well appreciated, it still has progress to make on a technical level.
Xherdan Shaqiri will not forever be remembered for his 106th international selection as he was forced to leave his team-mates after a 22nd-minute breakdown. Annoying because the Chicago Fire player had a good start to the game. As proof, it was he who shifted Silvan Widmer to Haris Seferovic’s goal. As a replacement for “XS”, Noah Okafor ran a lot, but without being really dangerous.
Haris Seferovic has once again donned his nation’s savior suit. After scoring twice against France at the last European Championship, the Sursee native offered the three points thanks to a superb header that gave Rui Patricio no chance. In addition to his scoring instincts, his ability to keep the ball in attack is also very useful to bring the Swiss block forward. If he stays out of injury, the Benfica player will certainly start at the next World Cup in Qatar.
Note that mid-game substitutes Noah Okafor (22nd), Renato Steffen (46th), Steven Zuber (65th), Michel Aebischer (79th) and Leonidas Stergiou (79th) were not counted.
The grading scale:
- 10: perfect match
- 9: extraordinary game
- 8: very good game
- 7: Good game
- 6: satisfactory game
- 5: average agreement
- 4: insufficient agreement
- 3: bad game
- 2: very bad game
- 1 terrible game
- 0: Match broken by illegal behavior
- /: not rated
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