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B. Embolo
Yellow Card
João Cancelo
Bernardo Silva
4 - 0
Cristiano Ronaldo
3 - 0
Cristiano Ronaldo
Diogo Jota
2 - 0
William Carvalho
1 - 0

Match Stats

54% 45%
Shots Off Target
Shots On Target 10 1
Total Passes 522 422
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Pos Team P W D L F A +/- PTS Form
1 Spain ESP Spain 6 3 2 1 8 5 +3 11 W L W W D
2 Portugal POR Portugal 6 3 1 2 11 3 +8 10 L W L W W
3 Switzerland SUI Switzerland 6 3 0 3 6 9 -3 9 W W W L L
4 Czech Republic CZE Czech Republic 6 1 1 4 5 13 -8 4 L L L L D




That concludes our commentary of the Nations League Group A2 fixture between Portugal and Switzerland! We hope you’ve enjoyed it!
Portugal play again on Thursday, when they host the Czech Republic in further Nations League action. Switzerland return home to welcome Spain to the Stade de Geneve.
An imperious Portugal come away from the Estadio Jose Alvalade with a 4-0 win over Switzerland, thanks to a trio of goals in the opening 40 minutes, which ended the match as a contest. Switzerland looked to get the scoring started after just seven minutes, but Seferovic’s strike was chalked off for handball in the build-up, which would be the closest the visitors ever came to threatening Patricio. Santos’ side didn’t look back and broke the deadlock just eight minutes later through Carvalho’s close-range finish. A quickfire Ronaldo double put the match beyond the reach of Yakin’s side before the interval, and a Cancelo goal in the 68th minute added the finishing touch to a spectacular display in Lisbon.
90' + 1' The fourth official indicates two minutes will be added to the end of the 90 for stoppages.
89' Portugal are looking to slow down the match with just a couple of minutes remaining, as Patricio will no doubt be prioritising the clean sheet. It's been a great performance from the hosts today, with excellent performances from both old and young members of the squad.
87' Switzerland have not been held goalless since a 0-0 with Northern Ireland in World Cup qualifying in September 2021.
85' GREAT SAVE! Ronaldo steps up and looks to beat the goalkeeper at the far post, but a diving Kobel manages to get two hands to the ball to turn it behind for a corner!
Matheus Nunes
William Carvalho
84' Matheus comes on for Carvalho with just over five minutes left.
83' Mendes drives into the penalty area and goes down under the weight of a miscalculated Mbabu step, which prompts the referee to point to the penalty spot. However, with Ronaldo standing over the ball, the match official blows his whistle and changes his decision - stating contact occurred just outside the penalty area. It’s a free-kick instead, with Ronaldo just as interested.
M. Gavranović
D. Sow
81' Gavranovic comes on for Sow as Switzerland look to get something back.
B. Embolo
Yellow Card
79' Embolo’s cynical foul takes the legs out from underneath Palhinha, earning the forward a yellow card. The tackle causes a bit of a fracas in front of the touchline, with the unlikely Pepe playing the role of peacemaker.
João Palhinha
Rúben Neves
77' Palhinha will add some steel to Portugal's midfield with 13 minutes remaining. Neves is chosen to make way.
Rafael Leão
77' Leao comes on for Otavio as Portugal make a change on the right wing.
76' It looks as though Santos will continue to make changes with the result beyond doubt, with Milan’s Leao poised to enter the fray.
74' Carvalho’s goal was his fifth in 72 appearances for the Portugal national team, while Ronaldo’s double takes him to a whopping 117 strikes in 188 games.
72' Bottani’s corner for Switzerland invites Patricio to come racing off his line to make a clean catch seven yards from goal.
M. Bottani
R. Steffen
70' Bottani relieves Steffen, who comes off with 20 minutes remaining in the match.
R. Freuler
X. Shaqiri
69' Freuler replaces Shaqiri as Switzerland continue to search for an answer.
Bernardo Silva
68' On the pitch for not even a minute, Bernardo Silva picks up an assist for his international and club team-mate.
João Cancelo
68' CANCELO MAKES IT FOUR! 4-0! The Manchester City connection pays dividends for Portugal as Bernardo Silva plays a leading pass into Switzerland’s half for Cancelo. Kobel makes a mess of the clearance, coming outside his penalty area only to miss his kick and allow the full-back to deposit the ball into the empty net!
Ricardo Horta
Diogo Jota
67' Santos makes a change on the wing as Horta replaces Jota.
Bernardo Silva
Bruno Fernandes
67' Fernandes' free-kick is his last involvement of the match as Bernardo Silva comes on to replace him.
66' Fernandes takes the free-kick but he fails to trouble Kobel, who watches the effort sail wide.
65' Schar is again involved as he brings Ronaldo down with a trailing leg just outside the penalty area on the left.
64' Mbabu’s hooked cross into the 18-yard box for Okafor forces Pereira into a leaping effort to control the ball, which the centre-back executes to perfection in order to keep possession.
N. Okafor
R. Rodríguez
62' Okafor comes on for Rodriguez in an attacking change for the visitors.
B. Embolo
H. Seferović
62' Embolo replaces Seferovic as Yakin looks to change his attack.
61' Fernandes puts a corner into the penalty area looking for a flick-on at the near post but Jota’s intentions are denied by the covering Lotomba.
59' Shaqiri losses possession to Fernandes in midfield but Schar does just enough to poke the leading pass for Ronaldo behind for a corner while inside his own penalty area.
57' Shaqiri’s corner is easily nodded away by Pepe, who was not put under any pressure by the attacking Swiss congregation.
55' Rodriguez cuts inside ahead of Otavio before turning back and playing a pass out to the flank, but Lotomba fails to read the intentions of his team-mate as it rolls behind for a Portugal throw-in.
53' Carvalho finds himself on the right wing and flashes a dangerous low cross into the penalty area but Kobel is equal to it, diving off his line to claim the ball with two strong hands.
51' RONALDO SCORES BUT IT WON’T COUNT! The former Sporting CP winger is putting on a show in his former stadium after forcing Kobel into a save and tucking away the rebound, but Otavio was unable to keep onside in the build-up, forcing Ronaldo to keep searching for his third goal of the match.
R. Steffen
Yellow Card
49' Steffen's pullback on the jersey of Otavio earns him a yellow card.
48' Shaqiri’s first corner of the second half for Switzerland looks for the head of Lotomba but a calm Pereira gets there first to beat away the delivery.
46' Portugal get the match restarted from the kick-off!
Switzerland must first decide whether they wish to try and get back into the match, or prevent the score from getting progressively worse. Okafor and Embolo are both dynamic forwards with pace that can challenge the veteran Pepe, though perhaps increased solidity in midfield in the presence of Freuler may help stem the tide. Santos will look to move pieces around in the second half and experiment with a number of promising options to call upon from the bench including Leao, both Andre and Bernardo Silva and Matheus.
The first half at the Estadio Jose Avalade comes to a close with only one side in the running as Portugal take a 3-0 lead over Switzerland into the interval. The visitors thought they had opened the deadlock after just seven minutes but a handball from Schar in the build-up nullified the strike from Seferovic. It was all downhill from there for Switzerland, who conceded three times in 25 minutes after Carvalho’s close-range effort was met with a quickfire Ronaldo double. Yakin’s side have it all to do in the second half if they wish to prevent a second-successive Nations League defeat.
45' + 2' Switzerland are pressing to cut the deficit at the end of the half but their forward passes are failing to find a team-mate as first Pereira and then Mundes rebuff the frustrated visitors.
45' The fourth official indicates three minutes will be added to the end of the half for stoppages.
43' JUST WIDE! It could have been a hat-trick for Ronaldo, who gets on the end of Cancelo’s leading pass into the six-yard box but fails to hit the target by inches - sending his side-footed effort narrowly behind for a goal-kick.
41' Switzerland need to keep their heads and get to the half-time interval without making things worse as their defence has been all over the place in the first half. The dynamic runs of Jota and Otavio have not been picked up, while space for Fernandes and Ronaldo through the middle provides ample opportunity for crosses and switches of play.
Cristiano Ronaldo
39' IT’S TWO FOR RONALDO! 3-0! A clever pass from Fernandes frees Mendes to attack the byline before a chip into the 18-yard box finds Jota. The forward fires an unconvincing shot on target which forces Kobel to parry the ball into the path of an unimpeded Ronaldo, who taps it in with aplomb!
37' ALMOST THREE! Portugal are running riot as a simple pass over the top of the midfield from Cancelo releases no less than four Portugal forwards. Jota latches onto the ball and shapes his body to shoot, but the Liverpool player waits too long and allows Kobel to make himself big and smother the chance.
Diogo Jota
35' Jota's unselfish play and fantastic awareness has earned him an assist for Ronaldo's lead-doubling strike.
Cristiano Ronaldo
35' PORTUGAL SCORE AGAIN! IT HAD TO BE RONALDO! 2-0! Fernandes latches onto a loose ball down the right and slides in to put an unorthodox cross into the centre of the penalty area. Jota picks up possession and turns to find the unmarked run of Ronaldo, who fires a powerful first-time effort into the open goal!
34' CLOSE! Jota fires a cross into the penalty area for Ronaldo, who chests it down and lays it off for Otavio. The winger leans back and fires a volley towards goal that looks to take a touch off the foot of Lotomba as it sails narrowly wide but the referee points for a goal-kick.
Bruno Fernandes
Yellow Card
32' Fernandes’ ill-advised sliding challenge on the touchline catches Mbabu and forces the referee to produce a yellow card for the Manchester United midfielder.
31' Shaqiri finally finds his aim, hammering a shot from 20 yards out that forces Patricio to take the sting out of the ball before making the catch.
29' Jota is now called for a cynical foul, stepping on the standing foot of Schar during the centre-back’s attempt to play a pass out of defence.
27' Play is stopped momentarily for Jota, who has gone down under the weight of pressure from Schar. The defender has been involved in all phases of the match thus far, with his handball denying Switzerland’s goal before sliding in to give away the free-kick that produced Portugal’s opener.
25' Shaqiri steps forward and has a strike at goal from 30 yards out which fails to trouble Patricio, who can watch it go high and wide.
23' Rodriguez hits a long pass down the pitch for Seferovic, who is able to take the ball down with his chest, but he is prevented from turning by the converging Pepe and Pereira, who close the space effectively.
21' Portugal and Switzerland have not played each other since a Nations League match in 2019, which Portugal won 3-1. The Selecao are undefeated in their last two games against the Swiss after losing the previous pair.
19' Rodriguez gets forward and hammers a shot towards goal after a cleared Mbabu cross presents the left-back with possession but his off-balance effort fails to trouble Patricio.
17' Switzerland thought they had taken the lead just 10 minutes ago but it’s Portugal who go ahead on the score sheet after capitalising on their first offensive set-piece of the match.
William Carvalho
15' PORTUGAL TAKE THE LEAD! 1-0! Both Manchester United representatives in the Selecao starting XI stand over the free-kick but it’s Ronaldo who strikes it, sending his low effort underneath the leaping wall. Kobel dives to his right to make a great initial stop but the rebound falls kindly to Carvalho, who tucks it home!
F. Schär
Yellow Card
14' Schar goes flying into a tackle 20 yards from goal in order to break up a lovely passing move from Portugal, catching Otavio on the leg in the process. It’s a yellow card for the centre-back and a free-kick in dangerous territory for Ronaldo.
13' Otavio steps forward on the right and sends a wayward cross to the far post for Jota, which flies above the head of his intended target.
11' Shaqiri executes a lovely bit of skill, pulling off a roulette to keep possession from Carvalho and Pereira following a rather untidy Steffen pass - keeping the Switzerland move going in Portugal’s half.
9' Mendes fires an early ball towards the edge of the 18-yard box looking for Jota but it’s intercepted by Schar before a clumsy Carvalho tackle provides the visitors an opportunity to clear their lines from a free-kick.
7' SWITZERLAND SCORE BUT IT WON’T COUNT! Shaqiri’s corner is met by the heads of Schar and Pepe, causing a goal-mouth scramble. Seferovic follows up and tucks the ball into the bottom corner of the goal but after a VAR review, it appears as though the Swiss centre-back made contact with his hand - leaving the match official with no other option but to overturn it! 0-0!
5' Shaqiri plays a lovely ball down the right wing for Steffen before receiving a pass back and winning a corner-kick from the covering Pereira.
3' Play is stopped in the early stages for Mendes, who has gone down in pain holding his back after attempting to ride a challenge from Mbabu. The Paris Saint-Germain full-back will be instrumental in providing width for his national side - should he be able to continue.
1' Switzerland get the match under way from the kick-off!
Austria make six changes as well, from their 2-1 defeat against the Czech Republic on June 2. Kobel takes over from the uninvolved Yann Sommer in goal, while Mbabu and Frei replace Elvedi and Widmer on the right side of defence. Steffen comes in for Freuler in midfield while two changes at striker see Shaqiri and Seferovic preferred to Embolo and Noah Okafor.
Portugal make six changes from their 1-1 draw with Spain four days ago. Roma’s Patricio is preferred to Costa between the posts, while Mendes takes over for Guerreiro at left-back. Carvalho and Neves enter the midfield instead of Bernardo Silva and Moutinho and ahead of them, Andre Silva and Leao are dropped for the Premier League pair of Jota and Ronaldo.
SWITZERLAND SUBS: Noah Okafor, Jonas Omlin, Breel Embolo, Yvon Mvogo, Mattia Bottani, Michel Aebischer, Silvan Widmer, Eray Comert, Mario Gavranovic, Remo Freuler.
SWITZERLAND XI (4-2-3-1): Gregor Kobel; Kevin Mbabu, Fabian Schar, Fabian Frei, Ricardo Rodriguez; Renato Steffen, Granit Xhaka; Djibril Sow, Xherdan Shaqiri, Jordan Lotomba; Haris Seferovic.
PORTUGAL SUBS: Raphael Guerreiro, Matheus, Domingos Duarte, Ricardo Horta, Andre Silva, Rafael Leao, Bernardo Silva, Diogo Dalot, Rui Silva, Joao Palhinha, Joao Moutinho, Diogo Costa.
PORTUGAL XI (4-3-3): Rui Patricio; Nuno Mendes, Danilo Pereira, Pepe, Joao Cancelo; Bruno Fernandes, William Carvalho, Ruben Neves; Diogo Jota, Cristiano Ronaldo, Otavio.
With 15 minutes to go before kick-off, let’s take a look at how the two sides are lining up - starting with our hosts!
Murat Yakin’s overwhelmingly positive start in his role as coach of Switzerland has somewhat tailed off since securing passage to the World Cup over Italy. Without a win in their last three matches, a friendly loss to England and draw with Kosovo was compounded by a 2-1 defeat at the hands of the Czech Republic in matchweek one of the Nations League.
Portugal are looking to respond to an opening-day draw with Iberian rivals Spain in the Nations League - a result that sees them joint-second behind the Czech Republic. Undefeated in their last three matches since a loss to Serbia in World CUp qualifying - Portugal can now begin to plan for their World Cup squad, with a place secured thanks to success in the play-off bracket.
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