The Swiss national team will face Liechtenstein at the end of preparations for the European Championship.
On Thursday (from 5:40pm live on SRF) Switzerland will close the first part of EM’s preparations with a friendly match against Liechtenstein in St. Gallen. This is not the first time that FIFA number 186 has served Switzerland as a sparring partner.
Mario Gavranovic’s sentence is as trite as it is true: “We want to win and leave the game feeling positive.” Before the test match against Liechtenstein, this sentence is probably more correct than usual. Choosing an SFV won’t send a good signal at EM’s final rehearsal, which begins in 9 days, if they can’t beat the absolute underdog.
In the past, Switzerland has always managed to make a good impression in the last test before the tournament. At least in terms of the result.
- 2018: 2-0 vs Japan
- 2016: 2-1 vs Moldova
- 2014: 2-0 against Peru
- 2010: 1:1 vs Italy
- 2008: 3-0 against Liechtenstein
- 2006: 4-1 against China
- 2004: 1-0 vs Liechtenstein
Artificial Grass And Koller Game
This is not the first time that Liechtenstein has had to serve as a passenger carrier for high mood in relation to the final round. But the choice from the small neighboring country has always been happy to present SFV as a sparring partner. In 2015, there was a test against Liechtenstein in Thun. For the Swiss, this was above all an approximation of the artificial turf conditions awaiting a few days later in the European Championship qualifiers in Lithuania.
The conditions leading up to a test match at the Balzers in March 1991 were absolutely hideous. The match was scheduled for a short time so that midfielder Marcel Koehler could stop the match with the aim of qualifying for the European Championship against Romania. It was possible 30 years ago.
Thursday’s match against Liechtenstein marks the end of the first phase of EM’s preparations. National team coach Vladimir Petkovic and his crew put together a difficult one-week program in Bad Ragaz. “We’re tired, but everyone is fit,” Petkovic said. This also applies to Xherdan Shaqiri and Ricardo Rodriguez, who were both prematurely and unplanned replacements on Sunday in the friendly against the USA.
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The use of the two against Liechtenstein remains uncertain. Otherwise, Petkovic hasn’t had excessive experiences in the past against obvious strangers in his last pre-tournament test. At most, a pattern appeared on the goalkeeper’s website. Jan Sommer often went out in games like this. Yvonne Mfugo will likely be published in St. Gallen.