- The women’s national team lost 1-7 to Spain in the European Nations League in Zurich.
- In the fourteenth match under the leadership of coach Inka Grings, Switzerland remained without a win for the thirteenth time.
- Alia Pilgrim scores the first Swiss goal after six matches without scoring an own goal.
For the third time in the last three months, Switzerland suffered a crushing defeat against Spain. The latest setback was particularly bitter with 1:7. At least the period of calm that lasted for more than ten hours without a goal ended, thanks to Alia Al-Hajj.
The Swiss women were inferior to the world champions in Letzgrund in all respects. In the fourth match in the Nations League, they suffered their fourth defeat. Coach Inka Grings’ record looks devastating with just one win in 14 matches.
False start of capital
The Swiss team’s hopes of pulling off an upset by winning points were reduced to a minimum very early on. Captain Lia Wälti spoke before the match about how she wanted to initially focus on defence. This plan went completely wrong and Switzerland experienced a real false start:
- Fourth minute: Viola Calligaris tries to dribble inside her own penalty area, but then comes under pressure and causes a completely unnecessary corner kick. This one comes high to the far post, where Seraina Jubilee forgets about Oyhane Hernandez and scores with a header to make it 1-0.
- Minute 11: The Swiss made several mistakes in the run-up to the match. Salma Baraluelo beats the penalty area and sends the ball into the middle, where Alexia Putellas easily shoots it to make it 2-0.
Lehmann and People waste chances
After the second goal, the Swiss gathered on the pitch for a short crisis meeting. The Spaniards remained in control and particularly dangerous on corner kicks, but the national team occasionally took attacking action.
Alisha Lehmann was supposed to end the scoring drought in the 22nd minute. After a strong pass from Kumba Sow, she was alone in the goal. She failed to finish the match due to goalkeeper Misa Rodriguez. Shortly before halftime, Luana Buhler served People the ball perfectly after a long drive. The striker let an opponent out, but fired her shot into the right corner.
Pilgrim’s Gate as the only ray of hope
Even after the break, Spain were far superior. In the 56th minute, Mendes raised the score to 3-0 again after a corner kick. After Calligaris fouled Paraluelo, Putellas scored the penalty to make it 4-0. Athena del Castillo completed the double, and Mighty Oroz completed the overwhelming victory for the Spaniards.
The only bright spot for Pilgrim from a Swiss perspective came in the 69th minute. After Geraldine Reutiler’s through ball, the 20-year-old slotted the ball past goalkeeper Rodriguez and scored her first Nati goal to make it 1:4. An end to the drought was the goal, but only small consolation for a poor performance.
In the other match in the group, Sweden tied with Italy 1-1. Valentina Giacinti gave the Italians the lead. Linda Sembrant equalized for Sweden in the 96th minute. Spain leads the standings with a maximum of 12 points, ahead of Sweden (7), Italy (4) and Switzerland (0). The national team will likely have to achieve two wins in the last two matches against Sweden and Italy at the beginning of December to avoid relegation to the second division.
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