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International break: Vargas leads Switzerland U21s to victory
Five FCA players were in action for their national teams on Friday and Saturday. While the senior team players all suffered defeats, the youth team players fared much better.
Switzerland U21s vs Georgia U21s 2-1 (HT 0-0)
The Switzerland U21s recorded the second win of their European Championship qualifying campaign, beating Georgia 2-1 in Winterthur. Switzerland struggled against the underdogs for a while, until Ruben Vargas finally put them ahead in the 57th minute. Arabidse scored the equaliser just a few minutes later via a free kick (61’), but Jordan Lotomba scored the winner for Switzerland in the closing stages of the game (83’).
Germany U19s vs Belarus U19s 9-2 (HT 4-1)
Youth player Simon Asta and the Germany U19s team celebrated a huge win against the Belarus U19s. It finished 9-2 to Germany, meaning they have already qualified for the second round of Euros qualifiers. They will face Scotland on Tuesday in a game that will decide who finishes top of the group. Simon Asta did not come off the bench.
Iceland vs France 0-1 (HT 0-0)
Iceland will have to continue to fight for 2020 European Championship qualification after Alfred Finnbogason’s team suffered a narrow 1-0 defeat to France. They are now in third place in their group, six points behind leaders Turkey and France with three games to go. Olivier Giroud scored the only goal of the game from the penalty spot (66’). Alfred Finnbogason came on in the 73rd minute.
Denmark vs Switzerland 1-0 (HT 0-0)
Switzerland’s senior team were beaten 1-0 in a close game against Denmark. Yussuf Poulsen secured the points for the hosts towards the end of the game (86’). The defeat puts Switzerland third in their group, four points off first and second place with three games left to play. Stephan Licthsteiner, who was named in the national squad for the first time since joining FC Augsburg, started the game and was subbed off in the 68
Bosnia and Herzegovina vs Finland 4-1 (HT 2-0)
Finland suffered a heavy loss against Bosnia and Herzegovina. Fredrik Jensen’s team remain second in their group, though, and have their sights set on qualification. Jensen did not play.
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