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Switzerland 2-1 Czech Republic: Tomas Soucek misses a penalty as Czechs are relegated

Penalty miss
West Ham midfielder Tomas Soucek had a penalty saved by Switzerland goalkeeper Yann Sommer

The Czech Republic have been relegated from the top tier of the Nations League after losing away to Switzerland.

Switzerland only needed a draw to stay in League A and led 2-0 thanks to goals from Remo Freuler and Breel Embolo.

But the Czechs battled hard as West Ham’s Vladimir Coufal hit a post before Patrik Schick pulled a goal back.

Another West Ham player, Tomas Soucek, had a penalty saved by Switzerland’s Yann Sommer and Jan Kuchta also hit the woodwork for the visitors.

The win means Switzerland finished third in Group A2, with Spain winning the section and advancing to the four-nation finals tournament next June thanks to a dramatic 1-0 away win over Portugal.

The Czech Republic join Austria, England and Wales in dropping down to League B in 2024-25.

Switzerland celebration
Former Stoke City and Liverpool winger Xherdan Shaqiri (centre) featured in Switzerland’s win over Czech Republic



Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Sommer
  • 3Widmer
  • 22Schär
  • 4ElvediBooked at 60mins
  • 13Rodríguez
  • 8FreulerSubstituted forJashariat 90+3′minutes
  • 10Xhaka
  • 23ShaqiriSubstituted forSteffenat 65′minutes
  • 15SowSubstituted forZakariaat 79′minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 17VargasSubstituted forAmdouniat 79′minutes
  • 7EmboloSubstituted forSeferovicat 65′minutes


  • 2Mbabu
  • 5Itten
  • 6Zakaria
  • 9Seferovic
  • 11Steffen
  • 12von Ballmoos
  • 14Amdouni
  • 16Ndoye
  • 18Cömert
  • 19Jashari
  • 20Frei
  • 21Mvogo

Czech Rep

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1VaclíkSubstituted forStanekat 45′minutes
  • 5Coufal
  • 17KudelaSubstituted forHavelat 45′minutes
  • 2Zima
  • 6Jemelka
  • 8KalvachSubstituted forKuchtaat 64′minutes
  • 22Soucek
  • 19CernySubstituted forSevcikat 79′minutes
  • 7BarakSubstituted forProvodat 64′minutes
  • 15Vlkanova
  • 10Schick


  • 3Zeleny
  • 4Stronati
  • 9Hlozek
  • 11Kuchta
  • 12Provod
  • 13Havel
  • 14Lingr
  • 16Stanek
  • 18Tecl
  • 20Sevcik
  • 21Král
  • 23Pavlenka

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