first_imgEURO 2016 champions Portugal slipped to a 2-0 defeat at Switzerland as their World Cup qualification campaign started dismally.Two goals in seven first-half minutes through Breel Embolo and Admir Mehmedi saw the hosts gain an unlikely lead, with the Swiss seeing out the result after the restart to claim maximum points.Portugal enjoyed more of the ball throughout the game, but failed to look threatening in the absence of Cristiano Ronaldo and Renato Sanches.Switzerland meanwhile look composed throughout – Mehmedi put in a real shift for the hosts, while Embolo alongside him was tracking back and performed his defensive duties perfectly.Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka did see red late on, however, for a second bookable offence, with both challenges rather clumsy, but it was too late for Portugal to capitalise on the man advantage.(Eurosport)last_img