Top grade for penalty hero Sommer, two players unsatisfactory

The starting eleven of the Swiss national team against Spain.

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The Nati had to deliver against Spain – and they delivered! After the 1-1 draw, the chances of relegation in Nations League A remain intact. The Swiss national players in the individual review.

Assessment key
6 Sackstark
5 Gut
4 Sufficient
3 weak
2 Very weak
1 underground

Click here for the match report
Yann Sommer’s explanation for the two penalty parades
Petkovic’s analysis

Summer was last in German media in criticism, maybe that’s why he’s a bit nervous at first. In the 10th minute, he is lucky that his short break is not punished, a little later he lets a failed flank almost slip into the gloves.

After that he stays flawless and has made several strong saves. The highlights of course: Sergio Ramos’ two saved penalties – albeit very badly shot. He is absolutely powerless when conceding a goal. Sommer silences his critics and earns the top grade.

Ramos is served – summer has the ball!

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Elvedi’s positional play is excellent. He is always spot on and can often clarify in dire need. Only once is he late: in the 79th minute he sabers Alvaro Morata in the penalty area – that gives a penalty and a yellow card. And because Elvedi was warned early on, he was thrown off the field and Switzerland would be missing in the “final” against Ukraine on Tuesday. Luckily Sommer saved the penalty. In the end, Elvedi’s tackle is perhaps the decisive piece of the puzzle to keep the league.

The defensive boss holds the defensive together, brings calm to the Swiss build-up game and is not too bad to knock the ball away. Doesn’t fall up or down – the way you would like a center-back. Strong game.

Rodriguez plays in the back of the back three and therefore does not often dare to go on the offensive. The exception: his dangerous free kick in the 29th minute. With an unnecessary handball he gives the Spaniards the first penalty, otherwise he acts highly concentrated and has power pack Adama Traore under control in the final minutes.

By the short term Failure of Silvan Widmer (positive corona test) moves Edimilson into the starting line-up. And he does a very good job. Start the 1-0 with a clever pass along the line. His tackle is very strong in the 62nd minute, with which he probably prevents an earlier equalizer. When conceding a goal (89th), however, he is partly to blame because he is too far away from the opponent.

How he drops the ball into the corner from 15 meters with his weak left hand – fantastic! Otherwise, Freuler mainly focuses on defensive work and does it flawlessly.

Here Freuler scores 1-0.

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Conducts the national team loudly from back to front: Rescues in the 6th minute from Olmo who is ready to shoot and helps with the pressing up front. Shortly before the break he loses sight of Ferran Torres at a corner kick and is lucky that his opponent cannot succeed. Otherwise wins a lot of duels and hardly makes a bad pass.

Little to nothing comes over his left side. In the 52nd minute he finally has space, but he doesn’t make enough of the situation. He is in a difficult position against Barça defender Sergi Roberto and is out of work after 70 minutes.

A bad pass here, a failed dribble there – Shaqiri doesn’t want to succeed much in the first half. After the break, he has more spaces and knows how to use them: His long ball on Seferovic (55th) is strong, but unfortunately a little too imprecise his through pass to Embolo (63rd). It’s not his best game, but Shaqiri is at the service of the team and works a lot backwards. It is replaced after 70 minutes.

Disturbs the Spaniards with his defiant manner in the game setup and initiates the first Swiss chance with his ball win (18th). Always tries to be playable – also with the goal to 1-0, where he picks up the ball deep in his own half of summer and so initiates the attack himself. With his speed he then leaves Sergio Ramos and brings the cross perfectly to goal scorer Freuler. Embolo does not shy away from a duel and is once again the most dangerous Swiss. Will be cautioned in the 59th minute.

Less dedicated than Embolo. The game more or less passes him by. Until the 55th minute and his huge chance: After goalie Unai Simon sailed past the ball, Seferovic has the empty goal in mind, but hesitates too long and so Ramos can save on the line. Bad luck for the striker! But one thing remains to be noted: Defensively, he does his job in an exemplary manner and is never too bad to sprint into his own half of the pitch. That’s exactly what it takes against the strong Spaniards.

55th Minute: Seferovic can run around the goalie, but takes too much time.

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Too short an effort for an evaluation.

Too short an effort for an evaluation.

Too short an effort for an evaluation.

Too short an effort for an evaluation.

Switzerland – Spain 1: 1 (1: 0)

Basel. – No spectators. – SR Collum (SCO). – Tore: 26. Freuler (Embolo) 1: 0. 89. Moreno (Reguilon) 1: 1.

Switzerland: Sommer; Elvedi, Akanji, Rodriguez; Fernandes, Xhaka, Freuler, Zuber (72. Steffen); Shaqiri (72. Sow); Embolo (91. Mehmedi), Seferovic (84. Omeragic).

Spain: Simon; Sergi Roberto, Ramos, Pau Torres, Reguilon; Merino (81. Moreno), Sergio Busquets (73. Koke); Ferran Torres, Fabian Ruiz (56. Morata), Olmo (73. Canales); Oyarzabal (73. Traoré).

Remarks: Switzerland without Schär (blocked), Omlin, Kobel, Zakaria and Mbabu (all injured) as well as Widmer and Lotomba (both tested positive for the corona virus), Spain without Thiago Alcantara, Carvajal, Fati, Gaya and Navas (all injured). 57./79. Sommer holds hand and foul penalty from Ramos. 79. Yellow and red card against Elvedi (foul). Warnings: 15. Elvedi (foul / suspended in the next game). 58 Embolo (foul).

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