UEFA European Under-21 Championship Roundup

While the senior national teams are busy battling it out at the FIFA World Cup Qualifiers games looking to secure their spots at the Qatar 2022 World Cup, the younger players are handling their own business at the European Under-21 Championship. The tournament is full of surprises already judging by the results of the games that were played on Saturday. While Denmark, Russia, Switzerland, and Portugal have started their businesses on the right foot, teams like France and England still need some improvements to do.

XHAKA HELPS ARSENAL TO DERBY WIN

NEWCASTLE UNITED FANS HAVE THEIR SAY AFTER SCHAR PICKS ANOTHER INJURY

Following his most recent injury setback that will see him miss out on football for some months, Newcastle United fans have called on the club to let go of Fabian Schar and instead bring back Florian Lejeune. Switzerland international defender Schar was a victim of a knee injury in Newcastle United's 3-2 win over Southampton on Saturday at St. James's Park, and he is set to be reportedly out of action till after some months.

EVERTON WOMEN COMPLETE THE SIGNING OF SWISS PLAYER

Alisha Lehmann, a Switzerland international football player has taken a bold step further in her career by signing for Everton Women, the club have confirmed. The prolific forward joined from local rivals West Ham United and will remain at Everton for the rest of the campaign. Lehman's signing will go down as the second top-class signing for the club recently after one of England's finest players Jill Scott joined from Manchester City - on loan too.


Lehman is still very young and only turned 22 years of age last week. She initially joined West Ham United from Switzerland's BSC Young Boys Frauen in the summer transfer window of 2018. She was an integral player for the Hammers as they played their way to the final of the Women's FA Cup in the 2018/19 season. Her prolific displays also earned her a nomination for the PFA Young Player of The Season award in her debut campaign in the Women's Super League.

UEFA EURO 2020 CONTENDERS I'M VIEW: SWITZERLAND

With the UEFA Euro 2020 (which was initially shifted to this year) coming closer and closer, we take a look at one of the teams in the competition who have the pedigree to lift the trophy come the end of the tournament. Switzerland are a very top team and even though many consider them as underdogs, they are quite a handful and possess some top players who are capable to hurt opponents on their way to making a strong claim for the title.
EURO Pedigree


Previous final tournaments: 4
EURO best record: last 16 (2016)
The forthcoming competition will be the fifth one the Swiss national team will be participating in and they maintain the goal of wanting to make it to the quarterfinals. The closest they have come in the competition was in 2016 when they reached the round of 16 but unfortunately lost to Poland on penalties.

XHAKA TO RETURN TO ARSENAL XI

Switzerland international skipper Granit Xhaka is in line to return to the Arsenal starting XI ahead of the Premier League outing with Crystal Palace on Thursday. The Gunners will play hosts to Crystal Palace in a London Derby clash and Switzerland midfielder Xhaka is expected to be named in the Arsenal starting line-up after dropping out for the FA Cup third round tie with Newcastle United at the weekend.Xhaka dropped out of the Arsenal line-up for the FA Cup encounter as manager Mikel Arteta made several changes to his XI from the previous game, a 4-0 away win over struggling West Brom.


Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta had to call on Switzerland midfielder Xhaka off the bench as his team found it hard to break down a stubborn Newcastle United team. His introduction in the second half of regulation opened up the game as Arsenal went on to score two goals in extra time to win the FA Cup tie 2-0 and also seal a place in the fourth round.

SWITZERLAND STAR ADMITS RECENT MISTAKE

Switzerland midfielder Granit Xhaka has admitted that he made a big mistake during the recent Premier League game at home to Burnley. The Switzerland national team captain came in for a lot of criticisms for his action that led to a red card during the game. Granit Xhaka was given his marching orders after he grabbed Burnley player Ashley Westwood by the throat in the second half of the league game with the scoreline at goalless.

His red card was keenly felt by Arsenal as they went on to lose 1-0 to Burnley in what's their first defeat to the Clarets in the Premier League era. Arsenal skipper Pierre-EmerickAubameyang scored an unfortunate own goal to give the Clarets the three points at stake. Switzerland midfielder Xhaka was forced to miss the next three Arsenal games as a result of his red card. He missed the league games against Southampton

BOOTHROYD INSISTS ENGLAND ARE IN A DIFFICULT GROUP

The head coach of the England U-21s national team Aidy Boothroyd has lamented that his England side have been drawn into a group of death and it will be difficult to make significant progress in the group.


The Young Lions belong in the same group as Croatia, Switzerland, and Portugal in Group D and will face their rivals in the 2021 Euros competition in Slovenia and Hungary. The draw was held on Thursday and one of the top seeds before then included Boothroyd"s boys.

BELGIUM BEAT SWITZERLAND COURTESY BATSHUAYI BRACE

Crystal Palace striker Michy Batshuayi was the star of the show after he scored twice to lead Belgium to victory over Switzerland in an international friendly played in Leuven, Belgium on Wednesday night. Batshuayi and Belgium had to do it the hard way as they came from behind to win the game.

Batshuayi ensured that the Red Devils of Belgium were able to avenge the 5-2 thrashing received from the Swiss team in their last encounter. Both teams had met in the UEFA Nations League two years ago. Hosts Switzerland trailed the Belgians by two goals in the opening 20 minutes of the game before the Red Devils collapsed for the rest of the game. Switzerland scored five unreplied goals to seal a memorable win that ensured that they qualified for the inaugural UEFA Nations League finals ahead of favourites Belgium. Benfica striker HarisSeferovicwas the man-of-the-match in that game after he scored three goals to propel his country to victory.

David Ornstein confirms injury blow for Arsenal duo

The Athletic reporter David Ornstein has confirmed that Arsenal duo Pablo Mari and Granit Xhaka have picked up injuries during the club’s recent clash against Manchester City and the former could be ruled out for the rest of the season. The north London side resumed their league action after the coronavirus shutdown with an away trip to the Etihad Stadium and it was one to forget as they were beaten by a comfortable 3-0 score.

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