Euro 2020 qualifier: Republic need capture over Denmark after defeat in Switzerland

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Euro 2020 qualifier: Republic need capture over Denmark after defeat in Switzerland
Haris Seferovic’s shot went thru Shane Duffy’s legs earlier than beating Republic keeper Darren Randolph

The Republic of Ireland’s hopes of qualifying automatically for Euro 2020 relaxation on next month’s dwelling sport with Denmark after they misplaced in Switzerland.

Victory would hang booked the Irish’s trouble nonetheless Haris Seferovic and Edimilson Fernandes hit the targets.

A capture over the Danes on 18 November will get hang of qualification from Crew D.

Nonetheless the Irish will seemingly be without skipper Seamus Coleman, who became as soon as sent off in conceding a second-1/2 penalty fantastically saved by Darren Randolph.

After rain had threatened Tuesday’s sport, Switzerland’s first-1/2 tempo yielded Benfica striker Seferovic’s 16th-minute aim and Fernandes hammered in the second in the closing seconds despite Shane Duffy’s attempts to withhold out the close-vary shot.

With the Republic changing from their early three-5-2 formation to a extra familiar 4-4-2, they produced second-1/2 strain nonetheless the Swiss held firm to position themselves assist no longer astray for qualification after their 1-zero defeat in Copenhagen on Saturday.

The Republic mild top Crew D on aim distinction from Denmark with Switzerland some extent in the assist of nonetheless both the Danes and Swiss hang video games in hand, which come against out-of-competition sides Gibraltar and Georgia respectively on 15 November.

Barring unlikely slips by the Swiss against Georgia and of their final sport in Gibraltar, totally a Republic capture against the Danes of their final sport will seemingly be enough to get hang of qualification for Mick McCarthy’s facet.

If that route fails, they’ll also mild hang the fallback possibility of a play-off trouble.

Embolo artistry helps trouble up Swiss capture

McCarthy handed a first launch to Brighton itsy-bitsy one Aaron Connolly after his encouraging first-cap cameo in Saturday’s uninspiring entice Georgia nonetheless as any other it became as soon as Borussia Monchengladbach’s Breel Embolo who became as soon as the honorable attacker in the pivotal first 1/2.

With Embolo discovering apartment all too easily, he helped the Swiss prick out a series of first-1/2 possibilities and Seferovic’s carry out thru Shane Duffy’s legs from originate air the box undid the Republic’s glaring knowing of conserving out and frustrating the dwelling facet.

After the Swiss had controlled the first 1/2, the Republic rallied in the second interval nonetheless past having a Glenn Whelan shot blocked, had itsy-bitsy to tell in the methodology of clearcut possibilities.

Coleman’s dismissal came after he became as soon as adjudged to hang handled an Embolo shot in the 76th minute, which adopted his first-1/2 yellow card for an offended exchange with Arsenal’s Granit Xhaka.

Randolph fantastically saved substitute Ricardo Rodriguez’s field-kick while Fabian Schar also headed against the Republic woodwork in the second 1/2 earlier than Fernandes’s clinching aim.

Brighton striker Aaron Connolly became as soon as handed his first launch for the Republic

McCarthy’s three changes from Georgia diagram

The Republic’s prove in Saturday’s zero-zero entice Georgia came in for criticism and McCarthy opted for 3 changes as well to the altered formation.

Brighton itsy-bitsy one Connolly partnered James Collins in assault as Callum Robinson dropped out, with Preston midfielder Alan Browne taking on from Conor Hourihane.

As anticipated, Sheffield United’s Enda Stevens returned after suspension in trouble of Matt Doherty nonetheless became as soon as share of a three-man defence alongside Shane Duffy and John Egan.

Despite Saturday’s 1-zero defeat by Denmark, Swiss boss Vladimir Petkovic opted for an unchanged starting line-up and his faith became as soon as rewarded as the dwelling facet swiftly took control.

The indicators were ominous for the guests as Xhaka examined Randolph in the seventh minute earlier than Swiss player of the year Seferovic blasted low thru Duffy’s legs to the receive from accurate originate air the box after Jeff Hendrick’s misdirected defensive header.

At the assorted dwell, Duffy headed a Glenn Whelan corner straight at Swiss keeper Yann Sommer accurate earlier than the wreck nonetheless it became as soon as a rare Republic aim are trying.

O’Dowda introduction helps Republic rally

After leaving tiring his three at the assist formation midway thru the first 1/2, McCarthy launched Callum O’Dowda for striker Collins at 1/2-time and it helped the guests manufacture some strain in the zero.33 quarter.

Nonetheless the Swiss were continuing to prick out the upper possibilities, with Randolph having to tip over a Seferovic header after which seeing Schar’s header come assist off a put up.

Connolly became as soon as changed by Scott Hogan on 70 minutes rapidly earlier than Coleman’s dismissal as he picked up a second yellow card when conceding the penalty.

The fearless Randolph stretched to his left to withhold out Rodriguez’s field-kick nonetheless would perchance maybe enact nothing as Fernandes’ blasted in from close vary despite Duffy’s efforts in the final minute of harm-time.

McCarthy’s first loss since return – the stats

  • The Republic of Ireland hang suffered their first defeat below Mick McCarthy since he returned as boss
  • McCarthy’s first stint as Republic boss ended in a 2-1 defeat by the Swiss in October 2002
  • The Republic’s defeat leaves Denmark as the totally unbeaten group in Crew D
  • Seamus Coleman turned the first Republic player to be red carded in a aggressive sport since Shane Duffy’s dismissal against France at Euro 2016
  • Haris Seferovic has been at as soon as desirous about 10 targets in his final eight dwelling appearances for Switzerland (eight targets, 2 assists)
  • Midfielder Glenn Whelan earned his 91st cap, involving level with Niall Quinn as the eighth most-capped Republic player
  • After scoring 12 consecutive penalties for club and nation between 2014 and 2018, Switzerland’s Ricardo Rodriguez has now uncared for two of his final 5 field-kicks