Pajtim Kasami’s fine start to the season continued with a second goal in as many games for Switzerland Under-21s on Monday as they stormed to a comprehensive 6-0 triumph over Liechtenstein.
It looked as though the Swiss were going to have to grind out the result in Vaduz, as the scoreline remained goalless for the first hour, until captain Kasami eventually struck – the powerful midfielder heading home Silvan Widmer’s cross in the 63rd minute.
That opened the floodgates and goals from Mergim Brahimi, Max Veloso, Darko Jevtic, Haris Tabakovic and Nassim Ben Khalifa cemented their place at the top of Group 5 in European Championship Qualifying.
There was a positive result, too, for goalkeeper Jesse Joronen in Tampere as he played the full 90 minutes of Finland’s 1-1 draw with England in Group 1.
The home side took the lead with just quarter of an hour played as Jack Butland failed to judge the flight of Moshtagh Yaghoubi’s long range free-kick as it sailed past him and into the back of the net.
England came close to an equaliser on the stroke of half-time but Joronen, who also captained his side, saved well from Southampton’s James Ward-Prowse. The equaliser came midway through the second period through Saido Berahino, a striker Whites fans may see in action at the weekend as he’s featured in each of West Bromwich Albion’s matchday squads this season.
Finally, the result was not as good for Liam Donnelly as Northern Ireland slipped to a narrow 1-0 defeat in Belgium.
Michy Batshuayi scored the winner for the hosts just before half-time, with Northern Ireland’s misery compounded in the 92nd minute when Donnelly was dismissed for a second bookable offence.