Switzerland show why they are favorites as they put eleven past Lithuania
The third match on Sunday sow Pool A and Gibraltar rival, Switzerland take on Lithuania. The cool breeze that had helped play during the morning had already disappeared. Whilst there was a blustery condition the sun beat down on the pitch with some venom. The attempts to keep the pitch wet somewhat in vain against the afternoon heat.
Switzerland started off strong putting Lithuania under pressure from early to win a penalty corner. Switzerland made no mistake and scored within the first two minutes.
Lithuania’s defence seemed a bit rattled as Switzerland maintained pressure. They conceded a second short corner with five minutes gone. Once again Switzerland made no mistake as they made it 2-0.
Lithuania struggled to get a foothold on the game in the first period, Switzerland controlling play. Their defense very much focused giving Little space to advance.
Switzerland seemed happy at times to let Lithuania have the ball or even just play it across the back even at this early stage. With two minutes to go in first period Lithuania conceded another short corner. Again Switzerland proved lethal striking the third in.
The first period finished 3-0 in favour of the Swiss. Locals watching would have felt some optimism at seeing Lithuania failing to defend short corners. However, the Swiss were already presenting themselves as a formidable opponent. The first day of play could also prove too early judge opponents. Lithuania are, however, Gibraltar’s opponents on Tuesday.
It didn’t take long for Switzerland to go 4-0 up in the second quarter after a quick break from defence.
Switzerland did not let up. With the previous two matches seeing Croatia beat Slovakia 7- 0 and Portugal beat Malta 6- 0 Switzerland seemed intent in following suite and punish their opponents.
Even winning 4-0 the Swiss tackled hard and battled hard to get bah back earning one of their players a green card before halftime.
Lithuania didn't do much with the advantage. Instead a careless tackle saw the umpire forced to hand out a green card and award a short corner against them.
For the third time in the second quarter the keeper kept it out. But a fourth short corner was to much as Switzerland went 5- 0 up. Within seconds Lithuania conceded their sixth.
With the score at 6-0 both teams walked off for halftime as their other group rivals, Turkey arrived at the stadium prior to their match against Gibraltar.
The third quarter saw Switzerland keep up the pressure with little breathing space for Lithuania. The latter were by now reluctant participants with few options to create chances when they did have the ball.
Whenever they moved forward Switzerland would break quickly in numbers when they regained the ball making their task even more daunting.
As the third period progressed Lithuania started to regain a bit of confidence after keeping Switzerland from scoring for most of the quarter. Lithuania were unfortunate to have a goal disallowed. Instead Switzerland took the game back in those moments when Lithuania regrouped and found the net again for the seventh.
Lithuania received a huge applause when they scored one back, but just as quickly Switzerland added their ninth. A short corner with two minutes to go gave Switzerland their tenth goal. Number eleven coming in just a minute later.
The Pool A matches started with Switzerland proving why they were the favorites for promotion among many pundits.
A final 11-1 score line giving them the highest win of the day up to then.