1 against Wales – that’s why Petkovic took Shaqiri down so early

The 66th minute is running when Nati coach Vladimir Petkovic takes the man off the pitch who could have provided that certain something and took the Welsh defense apart with a single action: Xherdan Shaqiri. The 1-0 through Breel Embolo prepared the Liverpool professional with a corner, almost 20 minutes later, his working day is over.

Petkovic brings Zakaria, afterwards the national team coach justifies this decision with tactical considerations: “I wanted to have more control in the center and attack with Zakaria and Freuler higher.” Only: the opposite is the case, Switzerland is pushed into their own half, acts passively, conceded the equalizer nine minutes after Shaq’s substitution. Then the national team takes over the game dictation again, but in the end it is not enough to win.

Published: June 12th, 2021, 6:20 pm

Last updated: 6/12/2021, 57 minutes ago