Denmark win Test 2-1 – Nielsen’s era ends with defeat to his home country – Sport

  • The women’s national team lost 1:2 against Denmark in coach Nils Nielsen’s farewell match in Schaffhausen.
  • Reuteler gives Switzerland the lead in a friendly but the Scandinavians turn the game around.
  • Nielsen leaves SFV after almost 4 years in the senior women’s national team.

The Swiss would be very happy to give their outgoing coach a farewell victory. But one in particular had something against it: Signe Bruun.

The Danish striker, who replaced the injured key player Pernille Harder after fifteen minutes, put together a brace (65th/80th) within 15 minutes and at least spoiled the party mood a little. But for once the result was not the most important thing.

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Géraldine Reuteler scored the last Swiss goal in the Nielsen era. The 23-year-old player refined a great combination in the 51st minute through Ramona Bachmann and Ana-Marie Crnogorcevic. Reuteler managed to make it 1-0.

Nielsen fielded 19 players in his last season on the sidelines of the women’s national team, including two reserve goalkeepers, Livia Peng and Elvira Herzog. Captain Lia Wälti, on the other hand, was rested.

After almost 4 years, it’s over

Before kick-off in Schaffhausen, Nielsen and his assistant Marisa Wunderlin were honored by SFV for their services. Director Tatjana Haenni and president Dominique Blanc also presented the pair with a national jersey with the inscription “Merci”.

Nielsen, 51, has enjoyed a successful spell as national team coach that began in January 2019, most recently leading Switzerland to the 2023 World Cup finals in Australia and New Zealand.

The search for a successor is underway

Marion Daube was also present at Nielsen’s farewell match. Haenni’s successor, who also left, as director of women’s football, made the statement SRF among other things, to look for a new national team coach. “A number of negotiations are currently underway. The search process is already very advanced. I think he will decide very soon,” said Daube.

The Zurich woman with roots in Germany wants to have Nielsen’s successor sorted out by the end of the year at the latest: “If possible, before everyone says goodbye to the Christmas holidays.”

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