42 min: Borges almost buries Talman at a foul after a slow back pass, then Norton curls in a speculative effort from 25 yards. It’s still all Portuguese.
40 min: The drummer is still at it. In response, Portugal picked up the pace a bit. They win a corner which Borges takes to the near post, where Diana Silva improvises Zlatan-style, turning back slightly. It was a nice try. Portugal is getting closer and closer.
38 min: Kari Tunlinius has an answer to Laura Rutishauser: Berglind Björg Þorvaldsdóttir from Iceland is the sister of Gunnar Heiðar Þorvaldsson, who represents the Iceland men’s national soccer team. For additional family-based Iceland team trivia, Amanda Andradottir is the daughter of Andri Sigshorsson, who represented Iceland, and so did her goal-scoring brother, Kolbeinn. that Goal against England in 2016. Are there members of Sigur Ros, Kari among them?
35 min: Portugal probably enjoy more possession now, but when they get into the final three, the Swiss defense kicks in and hunts them down like Terminators. They win a corner with Dolores Silva on the edge of the box. He was of two minds though and volleyed when it looked like he wanted to touch down.
33 min: Borges, who has also put an end to some nasty fouls himself, tries to tackle Calligaris as he moves outside the box, only to crash into him. He is lucky to avoid a yellow there as well.
31 min: More trivia.
29 min: Aybogu, who is already in yellow, is still lucky. He pounces on Borges and misses the ball, leaving his opponent with a painful shin. The judge showed incredible leniency.
28 min: Portugal are still struggling to make a splash on the pitch, but their fans are certainly making the most of it. Drum man rocks Leigh Sports Village.
26 min: Portugal missed a good chance to trouble the Swiss on the counter-attack. Reuteler was captured by Amado, who fed Borges. She runs down the right and looks back, but her simple ball is misplaced inside to Jessica Silva.
23 min: Switzerland wins a free kick from the right. Bachmann puts it in and, as with the second goal, Portugal struggle to clear the ball and allow the ball to fall into the area. I think Borges blocks Sow’s effort and after some scrappy attempts, Portugal clear Dolores Silva who is fouled.
20 min: Moments later, Jessica Silva has a half-chance on the right side of the box, but tries to pull back inside instead. Kiwic follows it closely and effectively clears the ball away.
19 min: Aigbogun was penalized for a late tackle after Jessica Silva went past her with a heel kick on her right.
17 min: Portugal have regained their composure, but their next task is to make some progress against this compact Swiss set-up. They call for a penalty after Borges goes down after colliding with Kivic, but it’s more hopeful than expected.
15 min: Trivia time with reader Laura Rutishauser: “Hi Gregg. Is there another team in this Euro where one of the players (Coumba Sow, who scored the first goal) has a brother who also plays in the national football team? His brother Jibril plays in the men’s soccer team. Now that I have time to share this trivia considering there are only two of us, what a start! Hopp Schwiz!”
14 min: Two early goals did nothing to help the game. Portugal seem happy to have the ball in deep areas without taking risks, while the Swiss are happy to sit back and admire the two goal difference on the scoreboard.
11 min: Walty points the ball wide after coming in for possession. A little later, Kivić, the author of Switzerland’s second goal, sent a beautiful cross to Crnogorčević, who was always on the right side of the Swiss.
9 min: Walti Pinto stops as Portugal try to attack with a rare counter-attack. Enjoy a bit of possession, even if Portugal win the ball back. They need it.
7 min: Portugal should try to play several passes to each other. They look very surprised. As bad starts in tournaments go, it’s up there.
This is a dream start for the Swiss! Bachmann curls an attractive deep free-kick at the far post, where Kivić leaps over Amado to head home. It was very simple, but the Portuguese back was paper thin. The Swiss seem more physical.
What a start for the Swiss! The ball goes to Sow after a poor attempt to stop Portugal’s pass. The Swiss forward needs no invitation to unleash a drive into the far corner from the edge of the area that Pereira gets nowhere near.
1 min: Peep! We are going to Ley. I should also add that Ana-Maria Crnogorčević of Switzerland wins her 136th game for her national team – a new record. Quite an achievement.
Leigh has a reasonable crowd, but certainly not packed. Transport links are not very good so this may be a factor. The Portuguese and Swiss fans in attendance sing the anthems with gusto – and then someone starts drumming to give it the proper European feel.
Players are led out of the tunnel by their captains. Walti has his game face on as he marches with the Swiss team. And Portugal’s Dolores Silva is completely in the zone as she looks forward.
I think he is a Portugal fan.
He’s about to start at Leigh. In case you missed it – Germany was red hot yesterday:
The teams warm up on the pitch in Leigh. They won’t need to warm up too much. There’s not a cloud in the sky and it’s a perfect 20C.
Our reporter Will Unwin at Leigh Sports Village has heard that Manchester City’s Ruben Diaz will be in attendance to show his support for Portugal. He also notes that one stand will remain empty as it is not fully seated. UEFA does not allow terraces in its tournaments. It seems a shame.
There are a few things to note about the lines. Switzerland’s talismanic captain Lia Valti will make her 100th appearance for her country – and she’s still only 29! And exciting 19-year-old striker Kika Nazareth was deemed fit enough to start as a substitute for Portugal, who has only missed one training session due to a minor injury.
Portugal will likely start in a 4-3-3 formation, with Switzerland in a more compact 4-4-1-1, with Coumba Sow playing behind Ramona Bachmann.
I hope Swiss fans will sing Bachmann’s name to this song.
Here’s how these two teams rank:
Afternoon! We saw plenty of goals in Group B yesterday – will Group C follow suit today? We start with two less fancied sides. Portugal are only in the tournament because Russia, who they lost to in the play-offs, was kicked out after the invasion of Ukraine. Portugal head coach Francisco Neto said that he did not want this to happen, because it means that people in Ukraine are suffering.
Ranked 30th in the world, they are a team on the rise and better than they were two years ago. They had decent results in their three warm-up matches, beating Greece twice, 4-0 and 1-0, and then drawing 1-1 in a friendly with Australia. Benfica striker Jessica Silva is one they are watching – she missed Euro 2017 through injury and will be desperate to make a mark at the tournament. He is full of tricks and now he is 27 years old.
Switzerland is ranked 20th in the world but has not been in the best form of late. It was necessary to win the penalty shootout over the Czech Republic to get their place here. Captain Lia Walty said afterwards: “I don’t care how we win, we’re going to the Euros.” He is the leader of this team and will need to inspire some improved performances to qualify. The Swiss are winless in their last 5 matches and lost 4-0 to England, 7-0 to Germany and 1-0 to Italy in their last three matches.
My prediction: Portugal 3-1 Switzerland