Switzerland vs Spain: World Cup Round of 16 Match Recap and Analysis

2023-08-05 09:16:23

Switzerland failed to surprise Spain in the round of 16 of the World Cup. The beautiful course of the players of Inka Grings thus logically ended against a Hispanic team at which everything smiled and which finally won 5-1 in Auckland.

PROGRESSION. The score is obviously severe for a team that spared no effort. Undoubtedly physically blunted after their quality but energy-consuming defensive performances, the Swiss women seemed to no longer have the juice to show the same rigor and lucidity in defense as in the group stage. Nevertheless, Switzerland have achieved their goal of reaching the round of 16, and the support provided by their coach is a good basis for building on the long term and working on offensive efficiency. The Swiss players have nothing to be ashamed of.

With her double, Alba Redondo (no17) hurt the Swiss team. [Brett Phibbs – Keystone]

REACTION. Slapped 4-0 by Japan and injured in their pride, the Spaniards managed an excellent start to the game. Aitana Bonmati and Alba Redondo broke the Swiss lock from the 5th minute. After a great save from Gaëlle Thalmann, Redondo recovered and ideally served Bonmati who opened his way to the goal with a magnificent hook before shooting. After the mark was reduced – an unlikely Laia Codina own goal – Bonmati deflected a cross from Ona ​​Battle for Redondo who placed an unstoppable header. Bonmati, voted best player in the 2023 Champions League won by her club Barça, completed her very good first period with the 3-1. Codina, after a game of billiards in the area, was able to add to the score in a first period dominated head and shoulders by the players of Jorg Vilda. Mass was said.

DOMINATION. The Spanish team impressed and evolved several notches above Switzerland. Carried by exceptional players, technically superior, it has regained, alas for Switzerland, all its teeth. The sterile domination of the match against Japan gave way to a precise game in the intervals, to many appeals undoubtedly favored by the Swiss largesse. Precise, combative on the second ball, they perfectly managed the set pieces, on which they systematically carried the danger. No regrets to feed for Switzerland against a team that has demonstrated the full extent of its talent and reached the round of 16 for the first time in its history in three appearances.

The entry into play of Meriame Terchoun was good for the Swiss team. [Ulrik Pedersen – Freshfocus]

CHANGE. The entries of Sandrine Mauron, Meriame Terchoun and Viola Calligaris at half-time did a lot of good. The Helvetii showed a better face after the break. Even if the damage was done, they had the merit of continuing to play and try. Alas, this tournament will not have been one of offensive success for them. Thus, the beautiful action of the 56th minute was not rewarded. On a difficult ball, Terchoun’s shot was too much on target to worry the door Cata Coll. This shot was the only one on target for Switzerland in this encounter.

MYTHICAL. The stands of Eden Park, a fortress as legendary as – almost – impregnable for the All Blacks, were full for this meeting, but not from the kick-off. Because yes, part of the public waited for the victory of the New Zealand rugby players against Australia in the traditional Bledisloe Cup, played in… Dunedin, to be consumed (23-20) to join this temple of rugby and the ring out for this round of 16. They were 43,217 fans, a figure that is not trivial for the Swiss team.

Auckland, Ludovic Perruchoud

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