Switzerland open Group D campaign with Georgia win
Switzerland make light of Xherdan Shaqiri’s absence with comfortable victory
Switzerland’s Denis Zakaria scores their second goal. Photograph: Irakli Gedenidze/Reuters
Georgia 0 Switzerland 2
Switzerland, playing their first match since their stunning 5-2 Nations League win over Belgium in November, struggled to create chances in the first half and were lucky not to fall behind just before the break.
The second half was a different story as the Swiss took control and went in front in the 57th minute when Breel Embolo laid the ball off to Zuber and he scored with a shot into the corner.
Embolo nearly added another from a similar position three minutes later as the Georgian defence was repeatedly opened up.
Another break in the 80th minute ended with substitute Albian Ajeti’s shot being blocked by goalkeeper Giorgi Loria but it fell to Zakaria who slotted home the rebound.