But that’s not all with the starting difficulties in St. Gallen: When the Lithuanian anthem began 15 minutes late, there were sound problems. And when the referee wanted to whistle, a hole was found in the net of the replacement goal. After fixing this with duct tape, it finally started – and how. Not even two minutes had been played when Breel Embolo sent his teammate Xherdan Shaqiri with a through pass into the penalty area and the latter confidently converted to 1-0. The next lightning start in Switzerland.
Then the national team did not allow anything at the back and played one chance after the other in the front. The Swiss would have wished that the goal that was too big would have been put back into the stadium. Seferovic and the substitutes Zuber and Zakaria had a hard time hitting the goal in accordance with the rules.
Man of the game: Ruben Vargas, 22, was the best player on the pitch – Shaqiri also performed well, as he did against Bulgaria. In the end it was an unspectacular 1-0 against a weak opponent. That cannot meet the demands of this talented team. With two wins from the first two World Cup qualifying games, however, the obligation was fulfilled. (wed)