The first leg of the new UEFA Nations League is over. The last place in each group is synonymous with the descent, the German team is already standing with its back to the wall and finally needs success again. Success stories have been rare in Iceland recently. Iceland has to win at home against Switzerland on tonight to have a small chance of relegation - a draw would already mean relegation. Both sides will take a place in Laugardalsvöllur, Reykjavik, Iceland. Actually, the main referee who was assigned to the event is called Andreas Ekberg, Sweden.
In 2016, Iceland was the big sensation at the European Football Championship in France. In the subsequent World Cup qualifying, the football dwarf could impressively prove that these successes were not a fluke. We have already started the horror prelude to the UEFA Nations League. In addition to the fierce 0-6 defeat in Switzerland, the home-strong Icelanders were also completely without a chance in the match against Belgium and had to take a 3-0 defeat in front of their own audience. No goal scored and nine goals conceded - this is Iceland almost before a "Mission Impossible".
In contrast to Iceland, although Switzerland survived the group stage in Russia, after the knockout round against Sweden, the mood in the Swiss Confederation was anything but positive. Even against the clear favourites from Belgium, the Swiss last Friday were anything but chance. Although Petkovic had to defend BVB defender Manuel Akanji in the near term due to an injury, he nevertheless tried a triple chain against the offensively strong red devils.
The first duel between these both nations in the UEFA Nations League was the seventh encounter between Iceland and Switzerland. And the elf from the Far North has not been able to celebrate a single victory. Six of the seven international clashes between Iceland and Switzerland were won by the Confederates. Only once did Iceland make a draw: in the World Cup qualification 2014th - finals.
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