Spain 1-2 Switzerland
Goals: Alba (55me) for the red // Akanji (21me) and Plunger (58me) for the National
This is called a failed return.
Nineteen years after their last game on the Romareda pitch, Spain found Zaragoza to face Switzerland. In 24 matches against the Swiss throughout their history, the red he only bowed once. It was in Durban, in 2010, in the opening match of his World Cup won in South Africa. Unfortunately for the Spanish team, this meeting in the province of Aragón revived the same outcome. Widely dominating in terms of possession of the ball throughout the match (75%), Spain did not score a shot during the first act.
For their part, Switzerland fired five times for three shots on target. Result of the races: Luis Enrique’s men gave up the initial goal, in a corner taken from a header by Manuel Akanji (1-0, 21me). Apathetic, Spain could even have conceded a new goal without Unai Simón’s save after an incursion by Xherdan Shaqiri (43me). In the second half, Jordi Alba sounded the revolt when he equalized after a nice collective play (1-1, 55me). But in a new corner conceded, the opportunistic Breel Embolo put a blow to the air conditioning by taking advantage of Akanji’s deflection to the near post (1-2, 58me). Solid defensively, Switzerland overtook the Czech Republic in the standings before the final day.
For their part, Spain will absolutely have to win in Portugal to reach the semi-finals of the competition.
Spain (4-3-3): Simon-Azpilicueta (Soler, 87me), E. García, P. Torres, Alba – Busquets, Gavi, Pedri (M. Llorente, 70me) – F. Torres (Pine, 63me), Sarabia (N.Williams, 63me), Asensio (B.Iglesias, 63me). Coach: Luis Enrique.
Switzerland (4-2-3-1): Sommer – Widmer, Akanji, Elvedi, Rodriguez (Steffen, 46 years old)me)-Freuler, Xhaka-Shaqiri (Ndoye, 68me), sow (Zakaria, 68me), Vargas (Aebischer, 79me) – Plunger (Seferovic, 87me). Coach: Murat Yakin.