There was a setback for the Wolves’ Swiss trio in UEFA EURO 2020 qualifying as despite a good performance, they lost 1-0 in their crucial Group D clash in Denmark. Admir Mehmedi started in Copenhagen while Kevin Mbabu came on in the 68th minute and Renato Steffen was an unused substitute. Leipzig striker Yussuf Poulsen scored the winning goal six minutes from time for the Danes, who are on the verge of sealing their place in the finals. The Swiss meanwhile are now most likely battling it out with Republic of Ireland – whom they play in Geneva on Thursday – for second place.
It has been a better international break for Pavao Pervan and the Austrian team, who won 1-0 in Slovenia in their eighth match in Group G. A precise header from Hoffenheim defender Stefan Posch in the 21st minute settled the game, which Pervan watched from the bench. The win cements Austria’s position in second place, five points ahead of Slovenia and three behind Poland, who have already qualified.
Finally, Josip Brekalo played the full 90 minutes as Croatia drew 1-1 with Wales in Cardiff. That point keeps them top of Group E.
Josip Brekalo (Croatia)
Sunday 13 October, 20:45 CEST: Wales – Croatia (European qualifiers) – 1-1 (1-1)
Goals: Vlasic (9’), Bale (45’+3)
Pavao Pervan (Austria)
Sunday 13 October, 20:45 CEST: Slovenia – Austria (European qualifiers) 0-1 (0-1)
Goals: Posch (21’)
Kevin Mbabu, Admir Mehmedi, Renato Steffen (Switzerland)
Saturday 12 October, 18:00 CEST: Denmark – Switzerland (European qualifiers) 1-0 (0-0)
Goals: Poulsen (85’)
Tuesday 15 October, 20:45 CEST: Switzerland – Republic of Ireland (European qualifiers)