Switzerland secured a huge win in their UEFA Nations League debut with a 6-0 victory against Iceland.

It was an unhappy start for Iceland’s coach Erik Hamren and his team. Iceland’s national football team was beaten 6-0 by Switzerland in their opening game at the brand new UEFA Nation’s League tournament.

With key players missing through injury, including captain Aron Gunnarsson, and several first-team players having retired after the World Cup, Iceland were a team who did not manage to perform well. They have become renowned for making life difficult for their opponents in the World Cup but new manager Erik Hamren has plenty to ponder after watching his side lose in a terrible way against their hosts.

In a remarkable performance in St Gallen, Switzerland were 2-0 up at the halftime. Steven Zuber set the ball rolling for the Swiss with a thumping effort after 13 minutes and Deniz Zakaria tapped home the second ten minutes later after Hannes Halldorsson had dropped Xherdan Shaqiri’s free-kick. Shaqiri had another chance at a free-kick after the break which was diverted into his own net by Birkir Bjarnason. This put them 3-0 up.

Haris Seferovic, debutant Albian Ajet and fellow substitute Admir Mehmedi managed to add a goal in the scoresheet each against Iceland. With seven minutes remaining, substitute Admir Mehmedi capped a spectacular display with a tap-in from a Zakaria cross.

It could have been worse for Iceland but Seferovic had two further strikes chalked off for offside.

Iceland face Belgium on Tuesday, 12th September. Hopefully, by then, they’ll have corrected their mistakes and be ready for battle. On the other hand, Switzerland are also set to face Belgium in the next UEFA Nations League fixture but only on October 13th and this form of theirs will be instrumental when they face the third-placed team of World Cup 2018.

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