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- CarvalhoJoão Mário45'
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Switzerland - Portugal
World Cup Qualification UEFA - 7 September 2016
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And that's full-time! A great win for Switzerland, the Euro 2016 winners have been well and truly humbled here in Basel.
Mehmedi put a great shift in for the hosts, while Portugal really missed the influence of Ronaldo, with Nani failing to step up for Santos' men.
- Red cardGranit XhakaSwitzerland
Xhaka is off! He gets a second yellow. Two sloppy tackles and the Arsenal man is off.
Djourou clears the corner and the Swiss fans ramp up the volume, edging towards a famous win.
Quaresma tries to get free of Embolo but the Swiss forward nudges him off the ball. GReat work ethic there as the Swiss try and hold out.
Three minutes added on and Portugal have a corner...
- OffBlerim DžemailiSwitzerland
- OnGelson FernandesSwitzerland
Sub for the Swiss. Fernandes is on for Dzemaili.
Mehmedi advances into the box but his pass goes astray.
The Swiss pick it back up however, and Xhaka shoots low from 20 yards out but Patrício gathers and clears the danger.
Down the other end, a Quaresma shot is blocked and Portugal have a corner. It's played short and a shot goes wide.
A Xhaka foul and Portugal have another chance to cross it in from out wide.
Sommer catches however, and hoofs it forward. Derdiyuk plays a one-two in the box but his effort is tame and saved by Patrício.
A Guerreiro cross is fisted away.
Another cross comes in and Schär is down after colliding with his own keeper. He's getting some treatment but is thankfully up and looking a little flustered.
OFF THE POST! Quaresma down the right delivers a brilliant cross. It's perfect for Nani, who heads in from six yards out right infront of goal. It comes off the side of his head and hits the post before the Swiss clear. It looked harder to miss. A let off for Switzerland.
Rodriguez concedes a foul out wide and it's an opportunity for Portugal to cross.
Quaresma sends it in, it appears to come off Fonte's hand and it's a free-kick to the Swiss. A very late call from the ref.
- OffHaris SeferovicSwitzerland
- OnEren DerdiyokSwitzerland
Seferovic is off and here comes Derdiyok. Like for like upfront for the Swiss.
JUST WIDE! A cross is headed away and falls to Fonte who volleys it, and it appears to be going in, before a slight touch sends it out for a corner, which the Swiss clear.
Quaresma's cross is blocked and out for a corner. The cross comes in and eventually falls to Bernardo SIlva, who volleys it and it appears to come off Djourou but it's not seen and the Swiss have a goal kick.
- Yellow cardGranit XhakaSwitzerland
A handball from Embolo and Portugal have a free-kick.
Quaresma steps over it, despite being about 35 yards out... He crosses it, but it bounces out for a goal kick.
Xhaka also goes in the book for a poor tackle.
WIDE! Dzemaili should have put this game to bed. Mehmedi advances into the area with the ball, he unselffishly finds Dzemaili, who is eight yards out but rolls the ball just wide of the goal.
- OffStephan LichtsteinerSwitzerland
- OnSilvan WidmerSwitzerland
Some jeers as Lichtsteiner walks off, but he may well be carrying an injury. WIdmer replaces him.
- OffJoão MoutinhoPortugal
- OnRicardo QuaresmaPortugal
Moutinho trying to make something happen, and he finds Guerreiro whose strike flies high over the bar.
Moutinho is now off though, and here comes Quaresma.
Seferovic with the ball near the corner flag when he could have attacked. Slowing it down in the corner with 25 minutes still left!
Moutinho with a great through ball to Cedric but a wonderful tackle from Mehmedi sees him play the ball off Cedric and it's a Switzerland goal kick.
Joao Mario with a cross in but Djourou heads away. All Portugal at the moment.
A Nani strike sees the sting taken off it and it falls to Bernardo SIlva, but the connection on it is poor and it loops into the grateful hands of Sommer.
Cedric on the right. Whips in a cross which Seferovic plays out for a corner. It comes to nothing for the visitors.
Portugal with the ball, Cedric out wide again. But they're squeezed out and the ball heads back.
Lichtsteiner's cross comes to nothing for the hosts.
Here come's Mario on the counter for Portugal, but again it's a sloppy ball and a free-kick is conceded by Andre Silva.
An attempted cross from Nani again fails to find a Portugal player and the Swiss clear. Here they come on the counter... But a poor pass and Fonte strides forward with the ball.
Mario goes down in the box, appears to be tripped but it's a goal-kick to Switzerland. The Swiss are asking the ref for a booking if it's a dive, given that Mehmedi was punished for that very reason in the first half.
CLOSE! Bernardo Silva has the ball after Joao Mario wins possession.
His effort whistles just over from about 25 yards out. Powerful effort, and that was very close...
Some sloppy passes in the final third and Portugal lose the ball again in a promising area.
Pot shot from Nani flies high and wide.
Cedric with the ball out wide again for Portugal. The cross isn't great however and it's cleared.
- OnAndré SilvaPortugal
Eder is also off, with Andre SIlva replacing him.
- OffWilliam CarvalhoPortugal
- OnJoão MárioPortugal
Carvalho off, Mario on.
- 2nd Half
The teams are back out for the second half and we're underway. Can Portugal salvage a draw? Or even win?
There were come chances, and Santos has decided on a couple of subs.
- End of 1st Half
And that's half-time. The Swiss 2-0 up and looking comfortable. Back down to earth for Portugal after their Euro 2016 heroics.
Both sides struggling to bring the ball down, but here comes Cedric for Portugal on the right. He crosses again in the attempt to find Eder but it's cleared.
Portugal again on the attack and Nani's cross goes straight through everyone.
One minute of added time.
A dangerous cross from Guerreiro almost finds Eder but the Swiss clear.
- Yellow cardAdmir MehmediSwitzerland
Mehmedi with the ball out wide and he goes down and appears to win the free-kick...
But no! He is given a yellow for simulation and of all people, Pepe stands over him and wags his finger at him.
It does look like a foul though...
A Cedric cross is easily caught by Sommer and the Swiss have the ball in defence.
Lichtsteiner loses the ball and Portugal attack, but it comes to nothing.
Portugal regain possession and Eder brings it forward. Cedric picks out a cross but it's too strong. Nani collects it however and finds Guerreiro whose shot is blocked.
JUST WIDE! Here come Portugal again, Nani flicks the ball onto the oncoming Guerreiro, whose strike is deflected and out for a corner, which is cleared.
Portugal boss Fernando Santos scratches his head on the sidelines. He's got some thinking to do.
They've struggled to muster an attack in the past five minutes, and the Swiss are on the attack here with a throw-in near Portugal's area.
The Euro 2016 champions are rocked. And the Swiss are rock solid so far... Back to their classic build up, and they'll hope to hit Portugal on the counter attack again.
- GoalAdmir MehmediSwitzerland
GOAL! From a Portugal attack... Switzerland score!
A brilliant counter attack and Seferovic is at the byline and finds Mehmedi, who finishes it off with a terrific strike into the top corner from 15 yards out.
Djourou fouls Eder and the corner comes to nothing for the Swiss.
And this is where the Swiss' style comes into play. Passing the ball around the back, a goal up...
Portugal dispossess and Nani has the ball, a strong tackle from Xhaka comes in and the Swiss win a corner down the other end.
A heavy first touch from Eder denies the frontman from responding immediately for Portgual after Nani's through ball.
- GoalBreel EmboloSwitzerland
Adrien fouls Embolo and it's about 25 yards out for the Swiss.
Rodriguez fancies a crack at this one, he steps up, and the keeper can only parry it into the air and...
GOAL!!! Embolo heads in the rebound! The striker follows up and heads in from eight yards out.
Some neat one-touch passing from Portugal and they have a throw in an attacking position.
It eventually falls to Cedric, who fancies his chances from 35 yards out, but a deflection takes the sting off it and Sommer catches with ease.
Portugal win another corner, but it's cleared away. More high pressing sees Portugal win the ball back. Some hefty challenges flying in and Fonte wins a free-kick after Embolo runs into him while the Portugal defender is in the air.
WIDE! More patient play from the Swiss and it's out left with Rodriguez, whose strike goes a yard wide of the near post.
Straight into the wall from Guerreiro, he gets to the follow up and volleys it, but it's deflected and out for a corner.
From the corner, it almost finds Pepe but goes out for another corner.
This one sees Nani just get his head to it but he is penalised for grappling. Not much in that really.
Right on the edge of the area, Djourou brings down Adrien. It's in a very dangerous spot... No Ronaldo, but there is a Moutinho... And also Guerreiro...
Nani is back on his feet and heads down the left wing with the ball. I know what you're thinking... But thankfully Nani is better after the magic spray.
He loses the ball, mind, and the Swiss are back to their possession game.
Fonte fouls Seferovic 40 yards out but the Swiss are happy to play the ball around the back. Patient build-up before they are dispossessed.
They regain the ball. But play stops with Nani rolling on the ground... Slamming the floor with his hand, seemingly in pain.
Looks like Lichtsteiner's foot landed on Nani's, but nothing malicious.
Moutinho curls in a free-kick and Nani gets his head onto it but the connection is too strong and it flies wide.
SAVE! Eder heads a cross back across goal and SIlva is there to strike from 12 yards out. Fortunately for Switzerland, it's straight at Sommer who makes the save.
A clumsy moment at the back for the Swiss as Lichtsteiner blasts a ball off Djourou's arm in the area but it was accidental. Lucky mind...
Long ball to Rodriguez can't quite find the Swiss player out wide. But they advance again into the area before Portugal clear their lines.
Eder sets off down the other end but sends a shot wide after running a little too wide with the ball.
Decent start from the visitors. Pressing high and putting pressure on the hosts.
- 1st Half
And away we go...
The teams head out. Lichtsteiner leads Switzerland out, while Nani has the armband for Portugal.
And now time for the national anthems, two minutes until kick-off, or thereabouts.
Head-to-heads are few and far between with regards to Switzerland and Portugal.
They have met just once this century, with the Swiss prevailing 2-0 in the Euro 2008 group stages.
The win meant little for Switzerland, who hosted the tournament alongside Austria, as they finished bottom of the group, while Portugal topped it.
But it was at St. Jakob-Park, a good omen for the hosts.
Tonight's game will be played at St. Jakob-Park in Basel.
The stadium will ring a sorry bell for Liverpool fans, having lost 3-1 to Sevilla in the Europa League final there just four months ago.
So where's your money? The Euro champs were hardly inspiring but did enough in each game to lift the Henri Delaunay trophy. They recently beat Gibraltar 5-0 in a friendly with Nani netting a brace. Tonight's skipper will be hoping for more of the same.
Switzerland meanwhile crashed out on penalties to Poland in the last 16, and have not played since.
Can't see much between the two in truth.
No Ronaldo in the squad means Nani captains Portgual.
Andre Gomes’ injury in the 5-0 win over Gibraltar rules him out, while there is starting spot for Euro 2016 final hero, Eder.
Portugal XI vs. Switzerland: Patrício; Cédric, Pepe, Fonte, Guerreiro; Silva, Moutinho, William, Adrien; Eder, Nani.
Arsenal fans will be on Granit-watch as Xhaka starts alongside Watford’s Valon Behrami in midfield for the hosts.
Switzerland XI vs. Portugal: Sommer; Lichtsteiner, Schär, Djourou, Rodriguez; Behrami, Xhaka; Dzemaili; Mehmedi, Seferovic, Embolo.
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