Portugal 3-1 Switzerland: 5 Talking Points & Tactical Analysis

Portugal players wheel away to celebrate with talisman Ronaldo after his hat-trick in their semi-final win

Here’s a look at five talking points, as Cristiano Ronaldo’s 53rd career hat-trick powered Portugal into Sunday’s Nations League Final after a frantic finish against Switzerland in Porto last night. Continue reading

Switzerland 1-1 Poland (4-5, pens): Post-match comments as Swiss rue missed chances

Switzerland 1-1 Poland (4-5, pens): Post-match comments as Swiss rue missed chances

Post-match reaction from Stoke’s Xherdan Shaqiri – who scored a brilliant bicycle kick to take the game to extra time, but his attacking team-mates failed to take their chances and Switzerland have been punished for it with penalty heartbreak.

Switzerland managed to squander a hatful of promising opportunities in-front of goal, and as a result, succumbed to a narrow defeat after extra time and penalties in Saint-Etienne. Arsenal‘s £30million pound signing Granit Xhaka was effective and efficient in possession as usual, but fired his spot-kick wide of Lukasz Fabianski‘s far post, missing the only penalty in an otherwise tense shootout.

Unsurprisingly, the media have had a field day with suggestions that he’s a perfect player for the Gunners considering he failed to convert under pressure – but the 23-year-old was excellent throughout the tournament and made little fuss in a defensive-minded midfield position.

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