Trailing to targets from Coumba Sow and Rahel Kiwic contained in the opening 5 minutes at Leigh Sports activities Village, Francisco Neto’s aspect, solely on the finals because of Russia’s expulsion, hit again via Diana Gomes and Silva to say a 2-2 draw.
They could have taken all three factors had substitute Telma Encarnacao not been thwarted by a submit on the demise.
Jessica Silva’s equaliser ensured the battle of the Group C underdogs ended all sq. as Portugal fought again from from 2-0 down in opposition to Switzerland to take some extent.
With defending champions Netherlands and Sweden to return, that is probably not sufficient to progress with each groups figuring out earlier than kick-off the sport was basically a must-win affair.
Switzerland, who had skipper Lia Walti profitable her one hundredth cap, received off to a dream begin when, with barely a minute gone, Sow latched on to a free ball 25 yards out and smashed a shot throughout the scrambling keeper Ines Pereira and contained in the far submit.
Pereira was choosing the ball out of her web for a second time with lower than 5 minutes gone after defender Kiwic had timed her run completely to fulfill Ramona Bachmann’s free-kick and head house.
The shell-shocked Portuguese steadily labored their manner into the sport with striker Silva outstanding, however they not often regarded like lowering the deficit because the Swiss defence – marshalled by Bachmann and Viola Calligaris – held agency with little actual issue.
Silva fired over seven minutes following the restart after turning well on the sting of the field, however her aspect’s plight might need worsened seconds later when Bachmann discovered house on the left however fired throughout the face of aim with Ana-Maria Crnogorcevic begging in useless for a pull-back.
Nonetheless, Portugal had been again in it with 58 minutes gone when, after Swiss keeper Gaelle Thalmann had made a positive save to maintain out Gomes’ agency header from Ana Borges’ nook, the central defender bundled the rebound over the road.
They had been degree inside eight minutes when Silva received forward of Calligaris to use a elegant end to Tatiana Pinto’s cross.
Dolores Silva noticed a Seventieth-minute free-kick overwhelmed away by Thalmann and Diana Silva handed up two good alternatives earlier than Switzerland’s Geraldine Reuteler and Sow had been denied a winner by the woodwork and full-back Catarina Amado respectively.
However Encarnacao was equally unlucky to not snatch victory with two minutes remaining when her shot got here again off the submit.