Don’t miss out on the thrilling encounter between Switzerland and Belarus! Catch the full match replay and highlights here. The game is set to kick-off at 16:00 (GMT) on the exciting date of 15th October 2023, so mark your calendars. The match will be officiated by the esteemed referee, João Pedro Pinheiro. The action will take place at kybunpark stadium. This clash is part of the highly anticipated Europe – UEFA European Championship Qualifiers, Group I for the exhilarating Season 2024. Don’t let this opportunity slip away, be sure to tune in!
Switzerland vs Belarus Full Match Reports
Carlos Alós’ Belarus squad came agonizingly close to securing their first-ever victory over Switzerland, but their hopes were dashed when they conceded two late goals within two minutes at St. Gallen’s Kybunpark.
Switzerland, perched at the top of Group I with their sights set on qualification for next summer’s European Championships, had a comfortable first half against Belarus. The talismanic Xherdan Shaqiri found the net after 28 minutes with his signature left-footed curling shot. The former Liverpool star skillfully guided the ball into the net from 20 yards out, granting the home team a well-deserved lead at halftime.
With everything seemingly going their way in the first half, Swiss manager Murat Yakin would have urged his side to seal the game in the second half. However, in an astonishing 10-minute span, Belarus defied all odds and turned the game around. The equalizer arrived when Max Ebong was allowed to enter the penalty area unmarked, heading home Dmitri Antilevski’s precise cross. It was a disappointing goal to concede from Switzerland’s defensive perspective, and they found themselves trailing just eight minutes later. This time, Denis Polyakov scored with a powerful header from Kiryl Pyachenin’s corner kick.
Belarus celebrated their good fortune, but they still had 20 minutes to protect their lead. Their victory appeared to be secured six minutes from time, with Antilevski capping off an outstanding performance by breaking behind the Swiss defense and firing a right-footed shot beyond goalkeeper Yann Sommer.
However, it was too good to be true for the Eastern European nation, as Switzerland scored two quick goals to salvage a potentially undeserved draw. Manuel Akanji reduced the deficit with a finish that resembled that of a center-forward, connecting with Shaqiri’s clipped ball into the box. Zeki Amdouni followed up by squeezing a bouncing ball inside the penalty area past Belarus goalkeeper Sergey Ignatovich. Despite their subpar performance, Swiss fans can now glimpse the possibility of reaching the Euro 2024 group stages.
Player of the Match: Dmitri Antilevski (Belarus)