Hat-trick hero Seferovic: Switzerland’s striking solution?

What now?

Seferovic now has five goals in four matches, having previously hit a brace against Iceland, making him the leading scorer in Nations League A. His haul is what you would expect of a world-class striker, and he has found the net more often than Robert Lewandowski, Harry Kane and Cristiano Ronaldo. Seferovic is in a rich vein of form for Benfica as well, playing and scoring regularly both in the Portuguese league and in the UEFA Champions League.

In the past, Seferovic was criticised for poor finishing; that he was unable to step up when it mattered most. However, he has scored over 80 per cent of his 17 international goals in competitive matches. He was even jeered by Switzerland supporters during the play-offs for Russia 2018. “It made me stronger,” he says of the incident now, even if it stung at the time. Perhaps Seferovic has developed into the striker Switzerland would have liked to see ever since that triumphant U-17 World Cup in 2009. He will now have the chance to further underline his abilities and perhaps even help Switzerland lift the Nations League title and take the long-awaited step of reaching the quarter-finals of a major tournament at UEFA EURO 2020.

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