How England overcame Switzerland in Nations League shoot-out

Gareth Southgate’s England won their second successive penalty shoot-out to beat Switzerland in the Nations League third-place play-off.

The 6-5 victory – after the match had finished goalless – saw England convert six penalties in a single shoot-out for the first time at an international tournament.

It also means England have now won back-to-back penalty shoot-outs for the first time following their success against Colombia at last summer’s World Cup. Prior to that the Three Lions had lost six of their seven shoot-outs at major tournaments.

Here, Football Paradise takes a look at the individual spot-kicks in the clash with Switzerland.

England score – Harry Maguire

Harry Maguire stepped up first for England
Harry Maguire stepped up first for England (Tim Goode/PA)

The Leicester defender confidently blasted his penalty into the right corner of Yann Sommer’s net.

Switzerland score – Steven Zuber

England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford guessed the right way but could not prevent Zuber’s lovely penalty from finding the top corner.

England score – Ross Barkley

A cool dinked penalty from Barkley after a short run-up sent England into a 2-1 lead.

Switzerland score – Granit Xhaka

The Arsenal man slotted the ball into the bottom corner, with Pickford going the wrong way.

England score – Jadon Sancho

Sommer got a hand to Sancho’s penalty but it just about found the net.

Switzerland score – Manuel Akanji

The run-up may have been strange but that did not stop the penalty from floating straight into the top corner.

England score – Raheem Sterling

Raheem Sterling, left, made no mistake from the spot
Raheem Sterling, left, made no mistake from the spot (Tim Goode/PA)

Sterling calmly found the left corner of Sommer’s net to maintain England’s 100 per cent record and keep the pressure on Switzerland.

Switzerland score – Kevin Mbabu

But the Swiss did not appear to be feeling the pressure as Mbabu tucked his penalty into the bottom corner, just out of the reach of the diving Pickford.

England score – Jordan Pickford

A confident penalty from the goalkeeper was smashed into the right corner of the net.

Switzerland score – Fabian Schar

The Newcastle man waited for Pickford to commit and rolled in his penalty before the England stopper could readjust.

England score – Eric Dier

Dier placed his sudden-death penalty into the bottom right corner to pile the pressure on Josip Drmic.

Switzerland miss – Josip Drmic

Pickford was England’s hero as he followed up his brilliant penalty with a stunning save to deny Drmic and hand his side victory.

Football Paradise Staff Reporter

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