Spain 1-2 Switzerland
Goals: Alba (55e) for the Roja // Akanji (21e) and Embolo (58e) for the National
This is called a failed return.
Nineteen years after their last match on the lawn of Romareda, Spain found Zaragoza to face Switzerland. In 24 confrontations against the Helvetians throughout its history, the Roja 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 selection, this meeting in the province of Aragon revived the same outcome. Largely dominating in terms of possession of the ball throughout the match (75%), Spain did not frame any shots during the first act.
For its part, Switzerland fired five times for three shots on target. Result of the races: Luis Enrique’s men conceded the opener, on a corner taken from a header pricked by Manuel Akanji (1-0, 21e). Apathetic, Spain could even have conceded a new goal without Unai Simón’s save following an incursion by Xherdan Shaqiri (43e). In the second period, Jordi Alba sounded the revolt by equalizing following a nice collective movement (1-1, 55e). But on a new corner conceded, the opportunist Breel Embolo put a blow of air conditioning by taking advantage of a deviation from Akanji at the near post (1-2, 58e). Solid defensively, Switzerland moved ahead of the Czech Republic in the standings before the last day.
For its part, Spain will absolutely have to win in Portugal to reach the semi-finals of the competition.
Spain (4-3-3): Simon – Azpilicueta (Soler, 87e), E. García, P. Torres, Alba – Busquets, Gavi, Pedri (M. Llorente, 70e) – F. Torres (Pino, 63e), Sarabia (N. Williams, 63e), Asensio (B. Iglesias, 63e). Coach: Luis Enrico.
Switzerland (4-2-3-1): Sommer – Widmer, Akanji, Elvedi, Rodríguez (Steffen, 46e) – Freuler, Xhaka – Shaqiri (Ndoye, 68e), Sow (Zakaria, 68e), Vargas (Aebischer, 79e) – Embolo (Seferovic, 87e). Coach: Murat Yakin.