Switzerland predicted lineup vs Portugal

Switzerland go head-to-head with Portugal of their World Cup spherical of 16 tie on Tuesday night.

When Murat Yakin introduced his squad, he was so happy with the wealth of expertise at his disposal that he stated: “We have been spoiled for selection.” The 26 which made the reduce are actually tasked with changing into the primary Swiss aspect since 1938 to win a knockout match on the males’s World Cup.

Here’s the XI Yakin could choose with historical past on the horizon.

Granit Xhaka

Granit Xhaka was voted participant of the match in a usually combative show towards Serbia in Switzerland’s remaining group-stage recreation / Marvin Ibo Guengoer – GES Sportfoto/GettyImages

GK: Yann Sommer – Switzerland’s agile primary made a tournament-high 21 saves ultimately yr’s Euros. He’s solely been compelled into 9 to this point in Qatar.

RB: Silvan Widmer – Puts his success down to 2 issues: “I do know what I would like, and I do know what I can do.”

CB: Nico Elvedi – The strong, if unspectacular, centre-back is going through a race towards time to get better from an sickness forward of the knockout rounds.

CB: Manuel Akanji – One of Akanji’s tattoos reads: “Prove them fallacious”. A sentiment he has carried out since recovering from an ACL damage very early in his profession.

LB: Ricardo Rodriguez – A veteran of 4 main tournaments, Rodriguez has missed simply 33 minutes of soccer for Switzerland on the World Cups and Euros since 2014.

CM: Granit Xhaka – When his household returned from the notorious match which noticed Xhaka booed by Arsenal’s followers, his profession in north London seemingly over, his mum was the primary one to talk. “So…” she started, “what do you need to eat?”

CM: Remo Freuler – A late bloomer, Freuler was often called “Mini” again in Zurich as he was at all times the smallest participant on every group he lined up for.

AM: Djibril Sow – Coumba Sow, Djibril’s cousin, is a global for the Swiss ladies’s nationwide group and scored towards Portugal when the nations met in final summer season’s European Championships.

RW: Xherdan Shaqiri – The solely participant in World Cup historical past to have scored a hat-trick comprising fully of left-footed objectives opened his account in Qatar towards Serbia – along with his left foot naturally.

ST: Breel Embolo – The Cameroon-born striker gave an replace on his nationwide leaning final yr, admitting that he’s “most likely 60 or 70% Swiss now, much more so than I’m African”.

LW: Ruben Vargas – With a former worldwide trampolinist as a mom and a semi-professional baseball participant as a father, Vargas comes from sporting inventory.

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