England secured third place in the inaugural edition of UEFA Nations League, after beating Switzerland 6-5 on the penalty spots, following a goalless 120 minutes match in Guimaraes, Portugal. The British side can only blame themselves for not deciding the game before the penalties, as they missed plenty of goalscoring occasions and hit the posts three times. Raheem Sterling alone missed five big chances.
First half was well-balanced, although England had more of the ball without creating many chances to score. Switzerland was able to attack often and they reached half-time with five shots, two more shots than the English – who, on the other hand, had one more shot on target – but four of them were from outside the box, a symptom of great defensive consistency from the Three Lions.
England was much more dangerous during second half but they were not efficient when it came to finishing. Trent Alexander-Arnold was one of the best in offensive actions with three big chances created and seven key passes. But in front of goal Raheem Sterling was all but inspired.
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With no goals after 90 minutes an extra-time followed, but the game did not change, with England missing chances and Switzerland showing no strength to deal with the opponent’s attack, so the third place was decided after a penalty shoot-out. Josip Drmic missed the only shot and England secured bronze medal.