1: 3 against France – Swiss U21s missed group victory and “Stängeli” in Euro qualification – sport

  • Switzerland is subject to France 1: 3 in the 10th game of European Championship qualification and has to leave the field as a loser for the first time.
  • A double strike from France’s Odsonne Édouard decided the game. In the final phase, two goals are scored, which one after the other turn everything inside out.
  • The Swiss youngsters also have to cede the group victory to the French.

In the end it went haywire: Substitute Kastriot Imeri scored 2 minutes before the end of regular time with a hard shot to make it 1: 2 from a Swiss point of view. That meant: The team of coach Mauro Lustrinelli would still win the group in the European Championship qualifiers.

But the French, who were stronger throughout the game, knew how to react: After a mistake by the Swiss defense, Mattéo Guendouzi served the free-standing Randal Kolo, who only had to push in to make it 3-1. A little later it was over, the group victory still went to France.

Nati overslept start

Switzerland had completely missed the start of the game and saw practically no ball in the first quarter of an hour. Shortly afterwards, the French turned their superiority into goals.

Odsonne Édouard scored twice (18./23.). Twice the Celtic striker was sent down, twice YB defender Cédric Zesiger didn’t look too good in a duel. With the first hit, Édouard over-praised goalie Anthony Racioppi, with the second he also benefited from a misunderstanding in the Swiss defense.

Zeqiri penalty not given

France continued to power and should actually lead 3-0 in the 27th minute when Édouard and Amine Gouiri awarded one another from the most promising positions.

Top scorer Andi Zeqiri set the few exclamation marks in the Swiss offensive. Shortly before the break, the Brighton striker was apparently withheld a penalty when he was run over in the penalty area.

Even excess numbers are of no use

But in general, the Lustrinelli troupe was far too harmless, numerous balls were given away with avoidable bad passes. When France had to act outnumbered against Colin Dagba from the 58th minute after yellow-red, the Swiss junior professionals turned up a bit – but could not prevent the late decision.

After 9 wins out of 9 games, the U21s had to leave the field as a loser for the first time and missed the “Stängeli”. Because the first duel with the French also ended 3: 1 and «Les Bleus» have the better goal difference, they win the group ahead of the Swiss with the same number of points. Both teams have already qualified for the European Championship finals in Hungary and Slovenia.

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