A Haris Seferovic-inspired Switzerland sensationally recovered from an early two-goal deficit to crush Belgium 5-2 and surge into the Nations League Finals in Lucerne on Sunday.
Roberto Martinez's men needed only a point to sew up top spot in Group 2 of League A and seemed right on course as Thorgan Hazard struck twice in the opening 17 minutes.
That left Switzerland – beaten 2-1 in the reverse encounter – needing an improbable four unanswered goals to advance, a mountainous task they had remarkably almost completed before half-time through Ricardo Rodriguez's penalty and a 13-minute Seferovic brace.
Such a stunning response set the scene for Nico Elvedi to head Vladimir Petkovic's side in front on the head-to-head aggregate score after the interval and their place in the final four was fittingly confirmed late on by hat-trick hero Seferovic.
They've done it!November 18, 2018
Switzerland 5-2 Belgium
Belgium's mission appeared straightforward as the younger Hazard lit the fuse in the second minute.
The 25-year-old pounced on Elvedi's poor back-pass to open the scoring and doubled his tally with an unerring drive into the bottom-left corner.
Switzerland's first real incursion into the box from an Edimilson Fernandes cross enticed Nacer Chadli into a panicked trip on Kevin Mbabu and they used the lifeline to storm into the ascendancy.
Rodriguez beat Thibaut Courtois from the spot before Xherdan Shaqiri's cushioned header freed Seferovic to tuck in the equaliser five minutes later.
And the incredible turnaround continued a minute before the break, Benfica striker Seferovic guiding beyond Courtois from Fernandes' cutback.
One more was required to secure an away-goals advantage and it was left to the unlikely Elvedi to seal the unthinkable by nodding in Shaqiri's 62nd-minute cross, star man Seferovic later adding polish to a gleaming Switzerland performance with a header of his own.
What does it mean? Martinez forced into the rethink
There is no question that Belgium are capable of turning on the style, but what remains in doubt is their ability to stem the flow when times are tougher.
The absences of Jan Vertonghen and Mousa Dembele were felt and Belgium's capitulation will cast doubt over the suitability of Youri Tielemans and Dedryck Boyata as replacements.
Shaqiri the standout amid stunning drama
Switzerland had no shortage of heroes but it is impossible to imagine their astounding recovery occurring without Shaqiri, who expertly assisted two goals and posed endless problems.
Seferovic, of course, will console himself with the match ball.
Chadli exposed under pressure
Several months on from the World Cup, Martinez is still yet to unearth a capable wing-back to plug his vulnerable left flank.
Monaco man Chadli is not the answer. The natural attacker is clearly uncomfortable in defensive areas, into which he was pressed often during an unconvincing 65 minutes.
With no matches presently on the horizon, both coaches can pause for thought ahead of the Euro 2020 qualifying draw in December.
21 de febrero 2019
|England rest Stokes and Buttler for Windies T20s|
|Lambert given two-game touchline ban after East Anglian derby fracas|
|Gatland puts faith in Anscombe to face England|
|PSG terminate Diarra contract|
|Nantes grant Cardiff extension over Sala payment, Warnock confirms|
|Horne replaces Russell for injury-hit Scotland in Paris|
|Eriksen´s agent ignoring transfer speculation|
|Moon and Nowell to start for England against Wales|
|PSG announce new shirt sponsor|
|Hearn expects Joshua-Usyk fight in 2020|
|Van Dijk wants to be a ´legend of Liverpool´|
|India lose Pandya for Australia T20s and ODIs|
|KNVB postpones Ajax game to boost Real Madrid preparations|
|Tigers land Rabbitohs flyer Jennings|
|Man United have new flow under Solskjaer - Wijnaldum|
|Manchester United v Liverpool: Herrera the unsung hero of resurgence|
|Manchester United v Liverpool: Alexander-Arnold gets chance to show growth at Old Trafford|
|Duke players, Coach K react to Zion Williamson’s knee injury|
|Barack Obama wishes Zion Williamson a ´speedy recovery´|
|CONCACAF Champions League Review: Santos Laguna hit Marathon for six|
|Morgan praises Root, Roy after record chase|
|LeBron sends best wishes to top NBA prospect Zion Williamson after injury|
|Schwartzman the latest seed to fall in Rio|
|Duke star Williamson suffers knee injury|
|Koke: VAR will give Morata a goal one day|
|´Everybody wants to actually talk about bull****´ – Irving angry over Durant video rumours|
|Ronaldo had a good game – Allegri backs Juventus star|
|We weren´t at our best – Tuchel after PSG´s 5-1 rout|
|LeBron James ready for Lakers´ playoff push|
|Allegri: Juventus not dead yet|
|Ronaldo: I´ve won five Champions Leagues, Atletico have zero|
|Machado picking Padres over White Sox might´ve been a mistake – Anderson|
|LaLiga dismisses Tebas to Premier League links|
|Simeone apologises for crotch-clutching celebration|
|Roy, Root star as England complete record run chase|
|City boss Guardiola defends VAR after confusion reigns at Schalke|
|Sterling: Schalke win shows where City are heading|
|PSG star Neymar heads to Brazil for treatment|
|Guardiola: City ´not ready´ to win Champions League despite beating Schalke|
20 de febrero 2019
|Paris Saint-Germain 5 Montpellier 1: Di Maria hits screamer as champions cruise|
|Schalke 2 Manchester City 3: 10-man visitors strike late through Sane & Sterling|
|Atletico Madrid 2 Juventus 0: Advantage Atleti after late double|
|Derby County 0 Millwall 1: Wallace dents Rams´ promotion hopes|
|Tsitsipas eases past Hurkacz in Marseille opener|
|Van Uytvanck makes winning start to Budapest defence|
|Tiger Woods feeling fresh as Masters moves into view|
|Southampton secure youngster Obafemi to new contract|
|Joel Embiid struggling with knee injury|
|Halep growing in confidence as Dubai quarters are finalised|
|Le´Veon Bell won´t be hit with Steelers´ franchise tag|
|Khedira thanks fans for support following discovery of heart problem|
|Maximum! West Indies break record for number of sixes in an ODI innings|
|Karunaratne eyes history in Port Elizabeth|
|Rayo facing rap after Atletico fans display alleged racist flags|
|Kvyat snatches top spot as Williams finally return|
|Plaudits premature, says Milan star Piatek|
|Luka Doncic and LeBron James´ rookie seasons compared|
|Williams embarrassed by testing delay|
|Du Plessis warns Proteas must raise their game|
|Hamilton not worried by Ferrari pace|
|Cheetahs centre Lee hit with 13-week ban for blowing his nose on opponent|
|Kane returns to Tottenham training|
|Wenger would be ´great´ as Chelsea boss, says Seaman|
|Passing very fast is not his best characteristic – Sarri defends Kante´s role change|
|Stricker confident Ryder Cup qualification changes can help Team USA|
|Furyk obvious choice for vice-captain - Stricker|
|The key is in his hands – Emery tells Ozil to prove a point|
|Ryder Cup 2020: The last five contests on US soil|
|Icardi will be welcomed with open arms, insists Candreva|
|Rudiger admits ´no player on Earth´ would be happy with Chelsea run under Sarri|