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Switzerland v England - As it happened

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Switzerland v England - As it happened

Tom Master by Tom Master @besoccer_com - 0 6,957

Join us for live coverage of the Nations League 3rd place play-off between Switzerland and England in Guimares.

JORDAN PICKFORD SAVES IT! ENGLAND WIN! Finally we have a winner and it must be said that England deserved it today!
Eric Dier scores too! Nobody has missed yet! 6-5 England!
Shär scores too! Into stoppage time we go!
Jordan Pickford scores for England! What a shootout! 5-4 England!
Mbabu scores for Switzerland! 4-4 after 4.
Sterling scores his pen too! 4-3 to England.
Akanji scores for Switzerland! 3-3 after 3 each.
Jadon Sancho puts his away too! 3-2 to England.
Granit Xhaka scores! 2-2 after 2 each.
Ross Barkley scores! 2-1 England.
Zuber scores for Switzerland. 1-1 after 1 each.
He scores!
So then here we go, England to take first, Harry Maguire is the one to take.
So then penalties, England did of course win the penalty shoot-out against Colombia at the last 16 stage at last summer's World Cup, this one isn't as important of course, but it is practice for next summer and there is a medal at stake!
FT: AET: Switzerland 0-0 England. We're heading to penalties for what is arguably the least important penalty shoot out of all time...
HOW HAVE ENGLAND NOT SCORED! Sterling hits the cross bar from the free kick, and what a free kick it was! Sterling should've scored about 5 others but this would have been spectacular, penalties seem to be the only way England will find the back of the net tonight....
Yellow card. Granit Xhaka is booked for a foul on Sterling.
Wilson is offside after a ball in by Dele Alli, England are still pushing on, but I wonder if they'll ever find the back of the net......
ANOTHER CHANCE FOR ENGLAND! It's still 0-0 though, Martin Tyler just described this game as "a pretty one sided 0-0" and it is a very valid comment to be honest.
2nd half of extra time has begun!
England make a double substitution, with Jadon Sancho and Ross Barkley coming on for Jesse Lingard and Fabian Delph.
HT of ET: Switzerland 0-0 England. England have once again created a lot but have failed to convert, and so it remains 0-0. 15 minutes to go, and if we still have no goal, we head to extra time.
WHAT A SAVE! Yann Sommer makes a fantastic save from another Dele Alli header, and then saves the rebound from Sterling, once again it is Alexander-Arnold with the ball in, he has been superb today, he really has.
AND ANOTHER ONE! A lovely flowing move from England and it's Sterling again who can't produce a goal, England are totally dominant here though.
Another superb ball in by Alexander-Arnold, but once again Sterling misses, this must be so frustrating for Gareth Southgate, they should be sporting their third placed medals by now, but cannot finish anything today!
Here we go for Extra time!
FT: Switzerland 0-0 England. Right then... Off we go to extra time again, I have no idea how we have not yet seen a goal, but somehow it remains 0-0.
4 minutes of added time... Otherwise it's extra time again...
Looking back at the replay again, Wilson did foul his man in the build up, so the right decision is made, however, the way VAR is constructed surely needs to be changed
VAR review! AND THE GOAL IS DISALLOWED AGAIN! The fans are not happy at all....
GOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAALLLLL! Callum Wilson scores for England! Finally they have broken the deadlock!!!
Schär is back on and running freely.
Fabian Schär is down after taking a knock and may well be heading off here.
Harry Kane is replaced by Callum Wilson.
A good pass inside by Dele Alli, but once again Sterling cannot convert.
Danny Rose is replaced by Kyle Walker.
Alexander-Arnold with a good effort with a ball in, however it goes out for a goal kick.
Xherdan Shaqiri has pulled up with what looks like a muscle injury, he is replaced by Zuber.
GOOD SAVE! Jordan Pickford makes a good save after a thrilling Swiss counter attack, Shaqiri puts a fantastic ball across the box and Granit Xhaka hits it hard at the Everton keeper, this game is well and truly alive!
ALMOST! It almost goes in from an own goal after a phenomenal ball in by Danny Rose, the England full backs have been mightily impressive so far fore England.
Harry Kane has a chance after yet another Alexander-Arnold cross is absolutely on point, he is penalised though for apparently fouling the defender.
Dele Alli fouls Granit Xhaka, well at least that us that's the ref's opinion, who has been very harsh today.
We're back for the second half, can England finally take a chance in the second half?
HT: Switzerland 0-0 England: England should be at least 2-0 up really, with Kane being unfortunate early on before, Sterling missed 2 big chances and then Dele Alli missed a great chance with a header. The second half will be interesting, coz this seems a little too much like Dêja vù.
Chance for Seferovic! His chance is blocked by Maguire however after a poor mistake from Fabian Delph.
And another one! Dele Alli has a clear chance but heads over... He was unmarked as well... Another suoerb ball in from Trent Alexander-Arnold, who has once again been superb... If England took their chances, it could be 4-0 now...
Another chance! Raheem Sterling has another great chance after a superb ball in from Trent Alexander-Arnold, Sterling was in the right place but he completely misses the ball and it is somehow still 0-0.
Yellow Card: Jesse Lingard is booked for a poor tackle on Xhaka.
Granit Xhaka has a pop from long range and it ends up absolutely nowhere near the goal...
Yellow Card: Danny Rose is booked for a foul on mbabu.
Both sides are looking to attack, the replays of Sterling's miss are not going to be pleasant viewing for the winger, that was a real sitter.
Eric Dier loses possession and is almost punished by Seferovic, however the forward can't keep control. Remains 0-0, but England should be 2-0 up here.
CHANCE! Big chance for Raheem Sterling! He has a huge chance to give England the lead but hits it straight at the keeper and it remains 0-0.
Switzerland have started this game brightly, they're yet to have a legitimate shot yet, but they're playing well that's for sure.
England still insisting on the playing out the back that has been so heavily discussed, and in large parts criticised, it almost hurts them again but Xherdan Shaqiri is offside.
OOOOH CLOSE! Harry Kane hits the cross bar with an audacious chip effort that nearly sailed in over the head of Yann Sommer's head.
And it's live!
The teams are out and the anthems are being sung as we speak, neither side will want to lost this, but realistically there isn't a great deal of importance in this game.
So with England's huge number of changes, it is Harry Kane who takes the captaincy for England.
Switzerland however have opted for a very different line up from the one expected of them, with key first team players, Granit Xhaka and Xherdan Shaqiri keeping their respective spots in the line up, many expected the Swiss to also opt for changes, however, they have named a strong side for this tie.
So then, as expected, England ring the changes, with Trent Alexander-Arnold, Joe Gomez, Danny Rose, Eric Dier, Dele Alli, Harry Kane and Jesse Lingard all coming in to the side, in fact only Jordan Pickford, Harry Maguire, Fabian Delph and Raheem Sterling remain.
Lineups: England: Pickford; Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, Maguire, Rose; Dier; Dele, Delph; Sterling, Kane, Lingard.
Lineups: Switzerland: Sommer; Schar, Akanji, Elvedi; Mbabu, Xhaka, Freuler, Rodriguez; Shaqiri, Fernandes; Seferovic.
So then without further a do, lets analyse the two teams for this afternoon's game.
England have had the massive upper hand over Switzerland in the past, with Switzerland not defeating England since 1981. England also defeated the Swiss in a friendly in Leicester in September.
Good afternoon and welcome to this third place play-off between England and Switzerland in Guimares. Both teams will be looking to restore some pride after disappointing defeats in the Semi-Finals, with England losing to the Netherlands and Switzerland losing to Portugal.
Tom Master

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