Player ratings as Jessica Silva inspired entertaining Portuguese comeback

Portugal rescued a draw against Switzerland from two goals behind in their Euro 2022 Group C opener thanks to a spirited second half comeback.

Switzerland raced into an early lead in the opening moments when Columba Sow and Rahel Kiwic scored in quick succession. But Portugal were a different team after half-time, playing with higher tempo and getting back into it through Diana Gomes and Jessica Silva.

It was a dream start for a Swiss side keen to make an early statement against a Portuguese team that only had 10 weeks to prepare to be here. Sow’s quick thinking as the ball broke to her outside the penalty saw the forward last the ball into the far bottom corner.

There were fewer than 90 seconds on the clock, but rather than sit back, Switzerland press down o the gas and were 2-0 ahead under three minutes later. This time, slack defending allowed Kiwic to nod in Ramona Bachmann’s deep free-kick.

At risk of collapsing, Portugal managed to regroup and find a foothold after that. They were looking to start creating chances of their own, although a reluctance to be further exposed defensively, especially out wide, perhaps equated to the handbrake being left on.

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