Lviv / Berlin (dpa) – Switzerland has made a false start in the Football Nations League and is now hoping for a sense of achievement against the German team.
The Swiss lost 1: 2 (1: 1) in Lviv on Thursday evening. Former Dortmund Bundesliga players Andrej Jarmolenko (14th) and Alexander Sinchenko (68th) sealed the Swiss defeat with their goals. For the Swiss, the former Frankfurter Haris Seferovic had scored the interim 1: 1 in the 41st minute. Switzerland will be the next opponent of the German team in Group 4 of League A on Sunday (8.45 p.m. / ZDF) in Basel.
The Swiss, for whom all the players in the starting line-up currently play or have played in the Bundesliga, were far superior from the start when they played in Ukraine. Until half-time, the statistics showed 65 percent possession of the ball for the team around captain Granit Xhaka, who had played for Borussia Mönchengladbach. But after a counterattack, Jarmolenko was there after goalkeeper Yann Sommer bounced off a shot.
After the equalizer by Seferovic’s long shot, a game at eye level developed in the second half as playing time increased. Both teams attacked early. Ukraine used one of the ball wins to make it 2-1. Before that, Ruben Vargas hit the post for the Swiss in the 55th minute.
In the meantime, Russia celebrated an unexpectedly clear opening victory in League B. The 2018 World Cup hosts beat Serbia 3-1 (0-0) in Moscow. Artyom Dzjuba (48th / foul penalty, 81st) and Vyacheslav Karawajew (69th) scored the goals for coach Stanislav Tschertschessow’s team. Aleksandar Mitrovic (78th) was successful for Serbia.
Russia is the first group leader for Hungary. The team around Leipzig Bundesliga goalkeeper Peter Gulasci won 1-0 (0-0) from host country Turkey in Sivas. Dominik Szoboszlai (80th) marked the decisive goal.
The group 4 leaders in League B are Wales after a 1-0 (0-0) win away in Finland. Attacker Kieffer Moore ensured success with his goal in the 80th minute. In the parallel game, Bulgaria and Ireland separate 1: 1 (0: 0). With his goal in the 4th minute of injury time, Shane Duffy secured the point for the guests. Bozidar Krajev had put the Bulgarians ahead in the 57th minute.