UEFA Nations League - Third Place Play-off
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England win 6-5 on penalties

Nations League: England beat Switzerland 6-5 on penalties after 0-0 draw

England have won their past two penalty shootouts in major tournaments, after losing their last six
England have won their past two penalty shootouts in major tournaments, after losing their previous six

Jordan Pickford was England's spot-kick hero once more as they beat Switzerland on penalties to finish third in the inaugural Uefa Nations League.

Everton's goalkeeper saved from Josip Drmic to seal the win after the first 11 penalties in the shootout were scored - having stepped forward to hammer home England's fifth in confident fashion.

The Three Lions' victory gave them a small measure of consolation after they lost their semi-final to the Netherlands and it was deserved after they created all the best opportunities in a predictably low-key affair.

Harry Kane and Raheem Sterling hit the woodwork, Swiss keeper Yann Sommer saved superbly from Dele Alli and Callum Wilson had a goal ruled out by VAR after he was adjudged to have fouled Manuel Akanji.

And so it went to penalties, with Harry Maguire, Ross Barkley, Jadon Sancho, Sterling, Pickford and Eric Dier successful before Drmic's miss.

Switzerland were on target through Steven Zuber, Granit Xhaka, Akanji, Kevin Mbabu and Fabian Schar before Pickford - as he did in the last-16 World Cup meeting with Colombia in Moscow last year - made the decisive contribution.

England struggle over the line

Callum Wilson
Callum Wilson had this strike ruled out by VAR after he had committed a foul shortly before getting to the ball

England would have suffered a serious injustice had they not claimed third place, not because they turned in a performance of quality but because they made all the running and the opportunities against a conservative Switzerland.

It was, however, a jaded display lacking in inspiration that reflected not only the gruelling season so many of manager Gareth Southgate's players have endured but also the low-key nature of the occasion.

England's fans stayed on in good numbers after their loss to the Dutch, as did the Swiss, but there were still many empty spaces in the Estadio D. Afonso Henriques, and many supporters actually headed for the exits at the end of normal time to enjoy the sunshine in Guimaraes.

The overall emotion will be disappointment after falling at the semi-final, as England did in the World Cup, but at least the additional pain of the wooden spoon here was avoided.

And Pickford at least provided some form of dramatic storyline by the manner in which he rammed his penalty high past Sommer in front of England's celebrating fans before diving to his right to save from Drmic to finally give some cause for celebration.

Liverpool pair stake their claim

Trent Alexander-Arnold
Alexander-Arnold (22) created seven goalscoring chances versus Switzerland; the last player to create more for the Three Lions in a match was James Milner against San Marino in October 2014 (9).

Southgate will have another bonus when the dust settles on England's ultimately unfulfilling Uefa Nations League finals.

That came in the performances of Liverpool duo Trent Alexander-Arnold and Joe Gomez, who played in a manner which suggested they are more than ready to become a regular part of England's starting line-up.

Alexander-Arnold gave a superb performance at right-back, not only completing admittedly rare defensive duties but giving a masterclass of the attacking side of the game.

The 20-year-old who won the Champions League with Liverpool in Madrid, provided a stream of quality service and his all-round display was in contrast to the sloppiness of his main rival for a starting place, Kyle Walker, in England's two games here in Portugal. It was a surprise when he was switched to the left to accommodate Walker's arrival as a substitute.

Gomez, whose season was curtailed by a broken leg sustained at Burnley and was only a substitute when Liverpool enjoyed their glory in Madrid, also showed he will soon be pushing his way to the front of the queue of England's central defenders.

Gomez has pace, power and composure and Southgate must hope he now enjoys an injury-free run because he can become a formidable presence at the heart of England's defence.

The game no-one wanted?

England
The celebrations were fairly low-key at full time

There was an almost surreal atmosphere surrounding this third-place play-off.

England and Switzerland, whose players looked pretty much spent, could have been forgiven for wanting to take the first plane home and going on holiday once they had lost their semi-finals to the Netherlands and Portugal respectively.

Uefa, however, wanted to give this tournament the air of a major event and to just have two semi-finals then a final would have made things very short and sweet. In this context, their position was understandable.

There was occasionally a friendly feel as passages of play were conducted in silence, although England's fans were vociferous, especially in their condemnation of VAR after Wilson's goal was ruled out.

It is a tough decision because clearly Uefa wants this Nations League to grow, although the under-stated celebrations and presentation of medals gave an indicator into its status.

Man of the match

Trent Alexander-Arnold
Alexander-Arnold attempted 18 crosses in this match, the most by an England player in a single game since David Beckham (19) against Andorra in June 2009

What they said

England boss Gareth Southgate: "We weren't against Jordan taking a penalty at the World Cup last summer, it was probably just that a few others had shown a better level but he would be among our better penalty takers.

"Of course if it goes against you, you know as a coach you get it in the neck so I was really pleased to see it go in.

"We all wanted to go forward further and there was a determination to go out with a strong performance. We owed it to ourselves as a group and the 98% of the fans who have supported us incredibly.

"We recognise now that you don't get many opportunities as an international team and we want to really strive to take the next step."

England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford: "We always say, 'Do what it takes to win a game', and I was a bit nervous taking my penalty - but I'm not nervous saving them.

"We practise them when there's a major competition or the Nations League, we practise them consistently. I picked my spot and I always seem to be able to get a goal, but I've never taken one in a real game, so I was a bit nervous.

"I think we took (off) Harry Kane and some of the other lads who take penalties, so I wasn't sure where I was in the pecking order. But it's what you practise for, you practise all the time to make sure you make it easier on the day."

Pickford makes England history - the stats

  • England finished third in a major international tournament for the first time since Euro 1968.
  • Switzerland have won just one of their past 23 matches against England in all competitions (W1 D6 L16).
  • England have never lost against Switzerland at a neutral venue, winning two and drawing two of their four matches.
  • England scored six penalties in a single shootout at a competitive tournament for the first time in their history.
  • England have won consecutive penalty shootouts at a competitive tournament for the first time - they had lost five in a row prior to this.
  • Pickford is the first goalkeeper to take (and score) a penalty for England in a competitive shootout.
  • Kane has failed to score in nine of his past 12 appearances for England and Kane has failed to score in his past two games, after scoring in three in a row between November 2018 and March 2019.

What next?

A well-earned rest. England are not back in international action until 7 September, when they host Bulgaria in a Euro 2020 qualifier.

Line-ups

Switzerland

  • 1Sommer
  • 4Elvedi
  • 22Schär
  • 5Akanji
  • 2Mbabu
  • 20FernandesSubstituted forZakariaat 61'minutes
  • 10XhakaBooked at 116mins
  • 8Freuler
  • 13RodríguezSubstituted forDrmicat 87'minutes
  • 23ShaqiriSubstituted forZuberat 65'minutes
  • 9SeferovicSubstituted forOkaforat 113'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Moubandje
  • 6Lang
  • 7Okafor
  • 11Steffen
  • 12Mvogo
  • 14Zuber
  • 15Benito
  • 16Ajeti
  • 17Zakaria
  • 18Sow
  • 19Drmic
  • 21Omlin

England

  • 1Pickford
  • 22Alexander-Arnold
  • 12Gomez
  • 6Maguire
  • 3RoseBooked at 23minsSubstituted forWalkerat 70'minutes
  • 7LingardBooked at 27minsSubstituted forSanchoat 105'minutes
  • 4Dier
  • 17DelphSubstituted forBarkleyat 105'minutes
  • 20Alli
  • 10Sterling
  • 9KaneSubstituted forWilsonat 75'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Walker
  • 5Stones
  • 8Henderson
  • 11Sancho
  • 13Butland
  • 14Chilwell
  • 15Keane
  • 16Rice
  • 18Barkley
  • 19Rashford
  • 21Wilson
  • 23Heaton
Referee:
Ovidiu Hategan
Attendance:
15,742

Match Stats

Home TeamSwitzerlandAway TeamEngland
Possession
Home40%
Away60%
Shots
Home11
Away12
Shots on Target
Home2
Away5
Corners
Home3
Away9
Fouls
Home15
Away17

Live Text

Match ends, Switzerland 0(5), England 0(6).

Penalties over

Penalty Shootout ends, Switzerland 0(5), England 0(6).

Penalty saved! Josip Drmic (Switzerland) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, right footed shot saved in the bottom left corner.

Goal!

Goal! Switzerland 0(5), England 0(6). Eric Dier (England) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

Goal!

Goal! Switzerland 0(5), England 0(5). Fabian Schär (Switzerland) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the centre of the goal.

Goal!

Goal! Switzerland 0(4), England 0(5). Jordan Pickford (England) converts the penalty with a left footed shot to the top right corner.

Goal!

Goal! Switzerland 0(4), England 0(4). Kevin Mbabu (Switzerland) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

Goal!

Goal! Switzerland 0(3), England 0(4). Raheem Sterling (England) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

Goal!

Goal! Switzerland 0(3), England 0(3). Manuel Akanji (Switzerland) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the top right corner.

Goal!

Goal! Switzerland 0(2), England 0(3). Jadon Sancho (England) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

Goal!

Goal! Switzerland 0(2), England 0(2). Granit Xhaka (Switzerland) converts the penalty with a left footed shot to the bottom left corner.

Goal!

Goal! Switzerland 0(1), England 0(2). Ross Barkley (England) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the centre of the goal.

Goal!

Goal! Switzerland 0(1), England 0(1). Steven Zuber (Switzerland) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the high centre of the goal.

Goal!

Goal! Switzerland 0, England 0(1). Harry Maguire (England) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

Penalties in progress

Penalty Shootout begins Switzerland 0, England 0.

Second Half Extra Time ends, Switzerland 0, England 0.

Raheem Sterling (England) hits the bar with a right footed shot from outside the box from a direct free kick.

Booking

Granit Xhaka (Switzerland) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Raheem Sterling (England) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Granit Xhaka (Switzerland).

Corner, England. Conceded by Manuel Akanji.

Substitution

Substitution, Switzerland. Noah Okafor replaces Haris Seferovic.

Offside, England. Dele Alli tries a through ball, but Callum Wilson is caught offside.

Attempt blocked. Josip Drmic (Switzerland) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Granit Xhaka.

Corner, England. Conceded by Granit Xhaka.

Dele Alli (England) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Denis Zakaria (Switzerland).

Attempt missed. Eric Dier (England) header from very close range is too high. Assisted by Ross Barkley with a cross following a corner.

Corner, England. Conceded by Fabian Schär.

Attempt blocked. Callum Wilson (England) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Trent Alexander-Arnold.

Second Half Extra Time begins Switzerland 0, England 0.

Substitution

Substitution, England. Ross Barkley replaces Fabian Delph.

Substitution

Substitution, England. Jadon Sancho replaces Jesse Lingard.

First Half Extra Time ends, Switzerland 0, England 0.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match because of an injury Nico Elvedi (Switzerland).

Attempt blocked. Trent Alexander-Arnold (England) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Dele Alli (England) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Fabian Schär (Switzerland).

Corner, England. Conceded by Yann Sommer.

goal

As It Stood

A

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1Netherlands42118447
2France42114407
3Germany402237-42

B

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1Switzerland430114599
2Belgium43019639
3Iceland4004113-120

C

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1Portugal42205328
2Italy41212205
3Poland402246-22

D

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1England42116517
2Spain420212756
3Croatia4112410-64

E

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1Ukraine43015509
2Czech Rep42024406
3Slovakia41035503

F

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1Sweden42115327
2Russia42114317
3Turkey410347-33

G

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1Bos-Herze431051410
2Austria42113217
3Northern Ireland400427-50

H

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1Denmark42204138
2Wales42026516
3R. of Ireland402215-42

I

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1Scotland430110469
2Israel42026516
3Albania410318-73

J

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1Finland640253212
2Hungary631296310
3Greece630345-19
4Estonia611448-44

K

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1Norway641172513
2Bulgaria632175211
3Cyprus612359-45
4Slovenia603358-33

L

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1Serbia6420114714
2Romania633083512
3Montenegro62137617
4Lithuania6006316-130

M

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1Georgia65101221016
2Kazakhstan61328716
3Latvia604226-44
4Andorra604229-74

N

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1Belarus64201001014
2Luxembourg6312114710
3Moldova623145-19
4San Marino6006016-160

O

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1Kosovo64201521314
2Azerbaijan62317619
3Faroe Islands6123510-55
4Malta6033514-93

P

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1North Macedonia6501145915
2Armenia6312148610
3Gibraltar6204515-106
4Liechtenstein6114712-54
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