Switzerland picked up a precious success in Sofia against Bulgaria in the preliminary round of Euro 2023. It allows them to consolidate their first in Group E with 10 points in 4 matches.
On the waterlogged lawn of the Slavia stadium which was at the limit of the practicable, the formation of Mauro Lutsrinelli forced the decision just before the break on a free kick caused by Simon Sohm and masterfully transformed by Kastriot Imeri. The right strike of the half servettian armed 25 meters from the cage was magnificent. Author already of a first “jewel” last month at Letzigrund against FC Zurich, Kasriot Imeri is asserting himself as one of the best specialists in the country in this very particular exercise.
Even if they conceded a few chances at the start of the meeting, Switzerland signed a victory that does not suffer any discussion. The edge of the two attackers Dan Ndoye and Noah Okafor should have allowed him to win more widely. With Kastriot Imeri, the best man of the match, the Balois and the Vaudois held their rank perfectly. But the state of the lawn has undeniably served them down.
Four days after the draw against the Netherlands in Lausanne (2-2), Switzerland won the match that really had to be won to keep the hand. The nine group winners and the best runner-up from this preliminary round will qualify for the final phase of this Euro which will be played from June 9 to July 2, 2023 in Romania and Georgia. The other eight runners-up will play a play-off to qualify the last four teams.