Euro 2020 qualifiers: Switzerland survive difficult first half to beat

Georgia’s defender Guram Kashia in action during the Euro 2020 football qualifying match between Georgia and Switzerland in Tbilisi.

Switzerland survived a difficult first half and overcame the absence of forwards Xherdan Shaqiri and Haris Seferovic to beat Georgia 2 – 0 away in their opening Euro 2020 qualifier on Saturday .

Second half goals from Bundesliga – based Steven Zuber and Denis Zakaria ended Georgia ’ s unbeaten home run of eight matches as the Swiss ultimately ran out comfortable winners in the Group D match .

Switzerland , playing their first match since their stunning 5 – 2 UEFA Nations League win over Belgium in November , struggled to create chances in the first half .

In fact , they were lucky not to fall behind just before the break , after Georgia worked the ball to Valeri Qazaishvili in an excellent position on the edge of the area .

But the San Jose Earthquakes midfielder squandered the chance by shooting straight at Yann Sommer .

The second half was a different story as the Swiss took control and went in front in the 57th minute when Breel Embolo laid the ball off to Zuber .
He scored with a shot into the corner .

Embolo nearly added another from a similar position three minutes later as the Georgian defence was repeatedly opened up .

Another break in the 80th minute ended with substitute Albian Ajeti ’ s shot being blocked by goalkeeper Giorgi Loria, but it fell to Zakaria who slotted home the reboun

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