Sunday Mirror

JESS CAN’T COUNT OUT BATTLING PORTUGAL

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Portugal 2 Switzerlan­d 2 JESSICA SILVA sealed a brilliant fightback from Portugal to snatch a point aganst Swtizerlan­d.

The Portuguese were two down inside five minutes as Coumba Sow and Rahel Kiwic struck.

But Portugal, only at the Euros as a result of Russia’s expulsion, hit back through Diana Gomes and Silva in the second half. They might have taken all three points had sub Telma Encarnacao not been thwarted by a post at the death.

With defending champions Holland and Sweden to come in Group C, both sides knew this game was essentiall­y a must-win affair.

Switzerlan­d got off to a dream start when, with barely a minute gone, Sow latched on to a loose ball 25 yards out and smashed a shot across the scrambling keeper Ines Pereira and inside the far post.

Pereira was picking the ball out of her net again with less than five minutes gone after defender Kiwic timed her run perfectly to meet Ramona Bachmann’s free-kick and head home.

The shell-shocked Portuguese gradually worked their way into the game. On 58 minutes Swiss keeper

Gaelle Thalmann made a fine save to keep out Gomes’ firm header, but the central defender bundled the rebound over the line.

Portugal were level eight minutes later when Silva applied a sublime finish to Tatiana Pinto’s cross.

Switzerlan­d’s Geraldine Reuteler and Sow were denied a winner by the woodwork before Encarnacao hit the post two minutes from time.

 ?? ?? SILVA SERVICE Silva is Portugal’s saviour
SILVA SERVICE Silva is Portugal’s saviour

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