The Swiss trio came just before Arsenal in the first leg of the 2022 Euro extension

The Swiss trio came just before Arsenal in the first leg of the 2022 Euro extension

Arsenal’s trio, Leia, Walti, Malin Gott and Noel Maritz, all participated in the first leg of the Euro 2022 qualifiers in Switzerland, away from home in the Czech Republic.

The team played a full 90 minutes, while Maritz also finished the entire match and young midfielder Goet played 87 minutes in a 1-1 draw.

The match consisted of two penalties as West Ham coach Kachina Svetkova gave the Czech Republic the lead after a foul by Julia Stirl before Anna Maria Kronogorjevic equalized from 11 meters in the 90th minute.

The Czech Republic started the match at the top and it was their first opening match with Svetkova failing in a well-repelled attempt.

Jute got her first chance for Switzerland when she tried her luck, but her attempt was saved by Barbara Fotikova against the Czech Republic.


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Then Gaëlle Thalmann is called into action because she saves well to banish Andrea Stašková, who plays soccer with her club, Juventus.

The first half was tough with little talking points, but the Czech Republic came out beautifully in the second half, taking home a penalty in the 46th minute when Strelia Svetkova was knocked down to score from the penalty spot.

Switzerland should have leveled the score in the 60th minute when Ramona Bachmann played, but did not score.

Bachmann got another good opening nine minutes later when she faced a corner kick from Maritz, only to be hit by Jana Sedlashkova.

Twenty minutes before the end of the match, Gott shot himself, but was blocked again before the ball rebounded to whoever launched his attempt.

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But Switzerland scored the equalizer and the away goal when Svetkova missed Irina Bando, enabling Anna Maria Kronogorsevic to score.

The return leg will take place every Tuesday at 7 pm UK time.

Meanwhile, the Dutch trio Daniel van de Donck, Jill Rourd and Vivienne Miedema started in Arsenal’s 1-0 friendly match against Spain.

Miedema and Van de Donck played the entire match while Rourd was substituted in the 66th minute.

Patricia Guijaro scored the only goal of the match when she hit the back post after a short corner kick through a cross from Andrea Pereira.

It would have been an even more convincing victory for the Spaniards if former Arsenal goalkeeper Sarri van Wijndal had not provided excellent savers and woodwork.

The Netherlands finished the match with just one shot in the entire match, so it was out of goal.

Sarina Wegmann’s side are now preparing to take on Australia on Tuesday in Nijmegen.

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