Switzerland qualifies for 2023 World Cup

Switzerland qualifies for 2023 World Cup

The later the moment, the greater the ecstasy. Overtime began at Leitzigrund in Zurich in this play-off game between Switzerland and Wales. There was every indication that Switzerland would face a penalty shoot-out, as they did in the Euro 2022 play-offs when they defeated Czech Republic in the extreme. But Geraldine Reutler entered the penalty area for the last time and found substitute Fabien Hum, who deflected the ball into goal, giving Switzerland their second World Cup participation in Canada since 2015.

Turned 0:1 Loss

It was a game of patience that Switzerland had to play against Wales. And so this all-important playoff game for one of the 32 World Cup tickets turned out to be something no one expected with the SFV selection. Ramona Bachmann had already noted that Welsh women would be characterized primarily by their defensive organization and compactness, but they were rarely dangerous on the offensive. The key to success for teams with such characteristics is often a set piece, and this was precisely what the Welsh women used to their advantage – putting a serious disadvantage on the Swiss and their World Cup dreams. When Rhiannon Roberts scored, first Lia Valti and Koumba Soe failed to clear the ball, then Luana Bühler and Esosa Agbogun, and finally Roberts won against Ana-Maria Crnogorcevic.

It was a series of shortcomings that put the Swiss in an awkward position. It didn’t help that they were better than the rustic British players. And yet, of late, the turnaround seemed to be successful and Ramona Bachchan became the famous heroine. The Paris Saint-Germain striker had completed a beautiful combination through captain Lia Valti and Noel Maritz with a powerful shot in added time in the first half, and in the 84th minute he found the ball in the same position in the penalty area, Scored, observed. , took off his jersey in excitement before the goal was rejected for offside.

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double misfortune in the second half

This was not the first time that the intervention of a video referee has decimated the happiness of Swiss women. An hour later, Ana-Maria Crnogorcevic marginalized the penalty, but because the FC Barcelona striker had touched the ball, Switzerland’s enthusiasm again caught up in their throats in the last game under coach Nils Nielsen. Now this was not the case with Hmm’s target.


Switzerland 2-1 Wales (1-1, 0-0) aet

Letzigrund, Zurich. – 7800 spectators. -SR Olofsson (SWE). – Goals: 19. Roberts 0-1. 45. Bachchan 1:1. 121. We 2:1.

Switzerland: Thalmann; Maritz, Caligaris, Bühler, Egbogun (106.hum); Walty; Crnogorcevic, Reuteler, Bachmann (113. Terchoun), Sow (75. Xhemaili); Folmley (87th Rheinst).

Wells: O’Sullivan; Roberts, Ladd, Evans, Rowe; Ingle; Holland (119th Ward), Fishlock, James, Jones (69th Morgan); Kayleigh Green (90th Woodham).

Comments: Calligaris took 14th place. 58. Crnogorcevic hits a hand penalty against the post, scores in the margin, but the goal is denied for a double touch. 84. Bachchan goal for offsides is rejected.

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