Player ratings as early strike decides drab Nations League game

Portugal dropped into second in their Nations League group as they fell to a lacklustre defeat against Switzerland on Sunday night courtesy of Haris Seferovic’s first-minute strike.

The Swiss made an excellent start with as they struck inside the first 60 seconds, as Silvan Widmer fired in a pearler of a cross for target striker Seferovic to glance a header beyond Rui Patricio and into the far corner.

That loose opening sparked Portugal into action as they saw more of the ball, though it was Switzerland who nearly got the chance for a second when the referee consulted VAR over a potential Nuno Mendes handball in the area. However, a foul took place in the buildup and no spot-kick was given.

The Selecao did manage one shot on target during the first half as Danilo Pereira’s header forced a save from Jonas Omlin following Ruben Neves’ nod back across goal. However, they were largely disjointed and went into half time behind.

The second period saw Seferovic gifted an entire half to run into as the Benfica striker looked to make it 2-0, but he dragged his effort wide before Portugal pushed forward.