Switzerland and Poland kickstart the Round of 16 this Afternoon and it’s a game that I will be at. I’m not sure where my loyalties will lie but I’m just happy to be a part of the tournament. Well I say a part, it’s not as if I’m going to be playing but I can’t wait to get in and amongst the atmosphere
Switzerland finished second in Group A behind hosts France, when the draw was made that is where everyone expected them to end up but had a referreeing decision been more favourable on Sunday night then they could and should have had an injury time Penalty one which could and should have put them above France
The Swiss have looked decent in patches but there finishing has let them down that was especially apparent against Romania in their second group game when they had numerous chances to win the game but had to settle for a draw. Youngster Breel Embolo was tasked with starting against France and you would imagine he will come in from the start again while once again Arsenal fans will be keeping a keen eye on their new signing Granit Xhaka.
Poland missed out on topping Group C due to the virtue of Goal Difference, they scored 7 points and in every other group that would have been enough to see them top the standings. One person who isn’t topping the standings is Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski he has yet to get off the mark and will be hoping to get off the mark this Afternoon.
If Switzerland as a side have been wasteful then Arkadiusz Milik has been a one man symbol of profligacy. Poland could have had a 100% record if it wasn’t for his errant finishing. he may have got the only goal in their win over Northern Ireland but apart from that his form has very much gone south.
With the fact I’m out there I hope it’s a good game. I hope Switzerland’s kits hold out and I hope the ball doesn’t burst again. I don’t expect too much of a detailed review at least without me rejogging my memory by watching some highlights first. I reckon I’ll get some value for money and this one will go all the way to a penalty shoot out. Then it’s anyone’s guess