Thursday , May 13 2021

Swiss women threaten to lose the World Cup

The Nati of the Swiss woman threatens to lose the World Cup. The team of Martina Voss-Tecklenburg is desperate in Utrecht against the Netherlands and loses 0: 3.

Christian Finkbeiner (Keystone SDA)

Just under 49 minutes, the Swiss played in the best way and prevented a good goal thanks to good organization and a little luck. Then the European champion struck cold. Serrida Spice, central to the centerpiece of Lieke Martens (71), World Player of the Year 2017 and Vivianne Miedema (79), scored a reassuring cushion for the return foot on Tuesday at Schaffhausen,

"The issue is 80 per cent," said Voss-Tecklenburg. "We have to be quite realistic." The goal for the Germans was 0: 1 immediately after the break, as the game plan had grown almost perfectly in the first half. For Lia Wälti the defeat was too high. "The third goal was unnecessary, but we will try everything on Tuesday – but with a slightly different tactic."

The fact that the victory of the high-ranking favorite was extremely deserving, was out of the question. The rage for the amount of the mortgage was understandable, the first two goals were not at all mandatory. Keeper Gaëlle Thalmann looked ugly at the score of 0: 1, but he accepted the Spitses free kick from a good 20 meters golf course. And 0: 2 by Mertens was a very simple mistake of choosing SFV in the game's front structure. Géraldine Reuteler was unable to resist a duel for the first time and lost the ball, which found his way to Martens through Shanice van de Sanden.

The Dutch women did not fire the expected aggressive fireworks from scratch, but the SFV option had to take their fate in the fifth minute. After a cross from Jackie Groenen the ball hit Martens' chest on the crossbar. Then the Swiss continued surprisingly well, until after half an hour the playful host supremacy also led to further chances. However, the last attempts remained too inaccurate or the Swiss clarified in absolute need.

Serious absences

As the SFV option has defended for defensive players for a long time, so aggressive efforts remained. The failures of Captain Lara Dickenmann (tear of the cruciate ligament) and locked Ramona Bachmann weighed heavily. For the lack of alternatives – Malin Gut and Viola Calligaris were injured – Voss-Tecklenburg had assaulted a teenage trio. Reuteler, Alisha Lehmann and Rahel Tschopp had taken the summer together in the U19 European Championships in their own country, now faced a different level: the leading European champion on a sold-out stadium.

While Reuteler and Lehmann had a very good scene and lost many duels, the protagonist Tschopp made a positive appearance. The 18-year-old from Lucerne was not impressed by the scenery and the opponent too, with impatience stood up and made his technical skills sparkling again and again. The attacking average is a promise for the future.

To reach the second World Cup after 2015, the Swiss need a football miracle on Tuesday in the second leg at Schaffhausen. Although Bachmann and perhaps Calligaris and Gut return to the team, the mortgage from the first leg but weighs heavily. At least one ready stadium would have won the team when it left Voss-Tecklenburg, but. As women's football is celebrated next to the square, the impressions of the Dutch women in Utrecht were impressive. A good number of 25,000 spectators and a large stadium offered a scenery that was worthy of a European champion.

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