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UEFA Nations League

England Clinch Nations League Bronze Medal

UEFA Nations League
 
Result: Switzerland 0-0 England (England won 6-5 on penalties)
 
Date: 09 June 2019
 
Venue: Estadio D.Afonso Henriques
 
England secured third place in the UEFA Nations League after defeating Switzerland on penalties on Sunday afternoon.
 
Gareth Southgate made wholesale changes to the side that lost in the semi-finals against Netherlands, with only goalkeeper Jordan Pickford, Harry Maguire, Fabian Delph and and Raheem Sterling retaining their places.
 
Swiss goalkeeper Yann Sommer had a busy opening to the game after denying the likes of Harry Kane and Sterling inside the opening 15 minutes.
 
With 35 minutes gone in the first stanza,  Dele Alli nearly broke the deadlock with a header sailed slightly over the bar following a great delivery by Trent Alexander-Arnold on the right channel.
 
Unfortunately, that proved to be the only chances of the half as England shot-stopper Pickford enjoyed a relatively quiet opening 45 minutes.
 
The Swiss almost conceded an own goal nine minutes inside the second stanza as Fabian Schar scuffed a clearance from Danny Rose’s cross, but Sommer was on hand to make the reflex save.
 
Switzerland suffered a double injury blow just after the hour-mark as Edimilson Fernandes and Xherdan Shaqiri were both forced to the leave the field in pain and were replaced by Denis Zakaria and Steven Zuber respectively.
 
Callum Wilson almost had an immediate impact after replacing Kane when he tucked home a ricochet, but the goal was disallowed after consultation with the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) for a foul in the build-up as the match went to extra-time.
 
The Three Lions had a chance to snatch the winner in the last four minutes of second-half extra-time with a free-kick from just outside the box but Sterling’s effort crashed against the top corner of the bar, forcing a clash to penalties.
 
It was the Three Lions who held their nerve to triumph 6-5 on penalties after Pickford saved a decisive spot-kick from Josip Drmic.

 

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