Switzerland pulled off a great victory against Belgium with a margin of 5-2 in the last Group Stage match of the UEFA Nations League. The match was the potential decider for the team which would be going through to the next round of the competition. Both the teams had their chances. For, Switzerland it was a must-win encounter. On the other hand, Belgium could have gone through to the next round of the competition with just one point from this encounter.
The Story Of The Game Between Switzerland And Belgium
However, things did not start in a good way for Switzerland as they conceded in the second minute of the match. Thorgan Hazard got the ball in the penalty area from a miss pass of a Swiss defender. The young Belgian right winger made no mistake to put it into the goal to give Belgium the precious lead at the very beginning of the match.
Thorgan Hazard doubled the lead for Belgium at the 17th minute of the match when Youri Tielemans provided the ball towards him. Thorgan Hazard ran with the ball and took a shot from outside the penalty box which was enough to beat Yann Sommer.
Things started to tilt in the way of Switzerland when Nacer Chadli fouled Kevin Mbabu in the penalty box. Ricardo Rodriguez made no mistake to make it 2-1 for Switzerland as he converted successfully from the spot for the home side.
After that, it was a show dominated by Haris Seferovic. Haris Seferovic scored his first goal of the match at the 31st minute when he perfectly met the cross provided by Xherdan Shaqiri. Haris Seferovic scored his second goal of the match at the 44th minute of the match and this time the ball was provided by Edimilson Fernandes.
The first half ended with a scoreline of 3-2 in favour of Switzerland. The home side still needed another goal to go through to the next round of the competition. The goal difference between these two sides was the same, but the Belgian Red Devils scored more away goals in this match.
Nico Elvedi scored the fourth goal for Switzerland in this match at the 62nd minute and the cross was again provided by Xherdan Shaqiri. Xherdan Shaqiri also helped Switzerland to seal the victory in this match. At the 84th minute of the match, the Swiss playmaker started the counterattack for the home side. He gave the ball towards Kevin Mbabu with a back hill pass. Kevin Mbabu crossed the ball in the penalty area and Haris Seferovic was waiting there to head the ball towards the ball to complete his Hat-Trick in this match.
Roberto Martinez brought in Michy Batshuayi and Divock Origi to make a comeback in this match, but they were not able to get things back on track for the Belgian Red Devils. Eden Hazard was slightly off colour in this match. His contribution was not much there at the attacking third of Belgium. With this win, Switzerland qualified for the next round of the UEFA Nations League to meet with Portugal and England.