National Team looks outclassed in Swiss thumping

LUCERNE, Switzerland (Reuters) – World Cup debutants Panama were given a timely footballing lesson by a slick Switzerland side as they were thumped 6-0 in a friendly on Tuesday.

Soccer Football – International Friendly – Switzerland vs Panama – Swissporarena, Luzern, Switzerland – March 27, 2018 Panama’s Michael Amir Murillo in action with Switzerland’s Francois Moubandje REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth

The Swiss, using the game as a dress rehearsal for their World Cup group stage match against Central American side Costa Rica, scored four times in a 17-minute first half period before adding two more in the second half.

Soccer Football – International Friendly – Switzerland vs Panama – Swissporarena, Luzern, Switzerland – March 27, 2018 Switzerland’s Fabian Frei scores their sixth goal REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth

Panama, who face England, Belgium and Tunisia in their group at the tournament in Russia, were beaten 1-0 by Denmark in the first match of their European trip last Thursday but found the ruthless Swiss a different proposition.

The Central Americans, who finished above the United States in the CONCACAF qualifiers to reach their first ever World Cup, struggled to get out of their half for the opening 20 minutes and collapsed dramatically after falling behind.

 

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