Madrid (dpa) – Despite the weak points yield in the Nations League, the Swiss national football team does not see itself without a chance for the game in Germany on Tuesday (8.45 p.m. / ARD).
“It is a prestigious game. We want to show that the 1-1 draw in Basel, when we had more chances to score than Germany, was no coincidence,” said coach Vladimir Petkovic. The 57-year-old had previously seen his team’s second loss in the third game of Group 4 in a 1-0 defeat in Spain.
In Madrid, Yann Sommer was one of those players who made the decisive mistake that is further the pillars of the Swiss. The Borussia Mönchengladbach goalkeeper played a pass against Granit Xhaka’s running direction after 14 minutes in the penalty area, which Mikel Oyarzabal used to score the only goal of the game.
“It hurts that we lost to such a strong opponent. The Spaniards didn’t have many chances. Unfortunately, we got a goal after our own mistake,” said Petkovic. With three minutes to go, Loris Benito had a big chance, but was rejected by the Spanish goalkeeper David de Gea. According to Petkovic, the fact that Spain tried to save the victory in time in the last five minutes of the game is a recognition for his team.
Still, his team is slowly under pressure to take their first victory in Germany. Because Switzerland wants to avoid relegation from the first division of the Nations League, which threatens the last team in the group of four, in view of the draw for the EM qualification. After the game in Germany, the home games against Spain and Ukraine will follow in November.