Switzerland down the Reggae Boyz in a spirited effort 1-0 yesterday. Picking up where they left off in the Serbia game, the boyz held their own against a very tough Swiss side. In front of a capacity crowd of 16,000, the boyz showed that they had the heart to compete with the world cup bound side.
It was not until the 83rd minute that the Swiss would finally get a goal past the very agile Andre Blake…who kept the home side at bay throughout the game. With his second stellar performance in a row between the sticks, it is clear that Jamaica may have found their goalkeeper for the future.
The game started out very fast with both teams tussling for possession in midfield. It was back and forth for a while…and at times it seems like the Swiss had the upper hand. In the end, they would pull off more shots than the Jamaicans, but Blake was equal to the task.
With the Jamaican defense standing strong, Switzerland would fire their first shot when Dzemaili blasted the ball angrily from outside the penalty area. Time and again they failed to get behind the Jamaican defense…
The Boyz were satisfied with counter attacking each time the Swiss came at them…and this strategy worked for a while.
In one highlight of the game, the boyz put a beautiful set of passes together which ended with Rudolph Austin unleashing a powerhouse left footer on goal. The goalkeeper seem thoroughly beaten, but luckily for the Swiss, the ball was deflected by a defender and sailed pass the left upright.
In another good move, striker Michael Seaton turned with the ball quickly at the top of the 18, between Djourou and Senderos only to be pulled down by Djourou who received a yellow card for the play.
In the second half, substitute Josip Drmic would make the difference. It started with substitute Inler sending a short pass to Dzemali on the right who in-turn send a nice defense splitting, through ball on to Drmic who ran on to the ball, quickly cut it inside and left Mariappa sprawling on the ground then quickly send a right footer pass Blake to send the team up 1-0
Head Coach Winfried Schaefer was very pleased with the teams performance in spite of the loss. He was happy to see the player demonstrating heart and character during the game. His hope is that the local players will take the lessons learned from this game and train harder when they return home.
He believes that even we don’t win these very tough games, this kind of display will bring respect to Jamaican football…and the world will pay attention. In the end, more and more players will win contracts in Europe with the BIG clubs…a strategy that will bode very well for the future of Jamaican football which will defnitely take us to the next level.
Congratulations to the Boyz…