Switzerland qualifies for 2023 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand
In the last league game under coach Nils Nielsen, the Swiss won the playoff game 2–1 against Wales after extra time.
Moments later, greater ecstasy. In Letzigrund, extra time had just begun in this play-off game between Switzerland and Wales. There was every indication that Switzerland would face a penalty shoot-out, as they did in the Euro 2022 play-offs when they defeated Czech Republic in the extreme. But Geraldine Reutler entered the penalty area for the last time and found substitute Fabien Hum, who deflected the ball into goal, giving Switzerland their second World Cup participation in Canada since 2015.
It was a game of patience that Switzerland had to play against Wales. And so this all-important playoff game for one of 32 World Cup tickets turned out to be something the Swiss women didn’t expect. Ramona Bachmann had already noted that Welsh women would be characterized primarily by their defensive organization and compactness, but they were rarely dangerous on the offensive. The key to success for teams with such characteristics is often a set piece and it was this that put the Welsh women forward through Roberts.
Under the leadership of an excellent Ramona Bachchan, the turning point was a success. The Paris Saint-Germain striker had completed a beautiful combination through captain Lia Valti and Noel Maritz with a powerful shot in added time in the first half, and in the 84th minute he found the ball in the same position in the penalty area, Scored and celebrated before the goal was not allowed for offside.
This was not the first time that the intervention of a video referee has decimated the happiness of Swiss women. An hour later, Ana-Maria Crnogorcevic marginalized the penalty, but because the FC Barcelona striker had touched the ball, Switzerland’s enthusiasm again caught up in their throats in the last game under coach Nils Nielsen. Now this was not the case with Hmm’s target.
I Switzerland 2-1 Wales (1:1)