Saturday, 25 June 2016

Poland v Switzerland Match Analysis

Poland triumphed over Switzerland winning 5-4 on penalties to book their place in the last 8 of Euro 2016. The 2 sides couldn't be separated after 120 minutes so it ultimately took a shocking shootout  miss from Arsenal new boy Granit Xhaka to be the decider

Poland should have been ahead after 30 seconds after a shambolic mix up in the Switzerland defence when former Arsenal hero Johan Djouoru passed short to his goalkeeper Yan Sommer and it fell to Robert Lewandowski instead but Sommer was able to smother the effort from the Bayern Munich man. However, it then fell to Arkaduisz Milik to blasted over the bar. Switzerland were incredibly flat in the 1st half unable to show any real quality compared to the energetic attacking play of the Polish. Poland were rewarded for their attacking play in the 39th minute when Kamil Grosicki broke down the left side to get the ball in the box to find Blaszczykowski who slotted the ball through Sommer to give Poland a 1-0 lead going into the break.

Switzerland were much better in the 2nd half and were troubling the Poland defence more than in the 1st half but there was stil a lack of real quality from the Swiss. That changed when there was a moment of sheer majestic brilliance from Stoke man Xherdan Shaqiri. A clearance from Pazdan in the Poland box fell to Shaqiri who was 18 yards from goal twisted in the air to acrobatically smash the ball past Lukas Fabianski. A perfect overhead kick from Shaqiri. You wont see a better goal than that at this tournemant. It was 1-1 and game on!

The game went to extra time with both teams looking tired and lacking any real inspiration. It was no surprise it went to penalties. It was the perfect shootout for both teams with a 100% record from the spot each. That was until the £30 million Granit Xhaka stepped up for the Swiss and blasted his penalty wide, a truly terrible penalty from Xhaka. That gave Poland the chance to take advantage and they sure did that, Krychowiak with the winning penalty to send the Polish through to the Quarter finals and send the Swiss players on their holidays before the new season starts.

Poland will be delighted to get through to the Quarter finals and continue their journey in France. Switzerland will be bitterly disappointed after a number of underwhelming performances in ther games especially from their star players in particular Granit Xhaka who was only only able to demomstrate his backwards and sidewards passing in the 4 games. He certainly has a lot of work to do to be a success in the Premier League. There is also a question to be asked of the manager of Switzerland Vladimir Petković as to why he persisted with the non existent Haris Seferovic who was shockingly bad in all ther games he played offering absoloutley nothing to his team. It may be the best grou of Swiss players evetr but they are certainly not one of the best teams at Euro 2016 in fact their performances have shown them to be one of the worst.

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