Shaqiri’s masterpiece rescues Switzerland in a 1-1 draw with Scotland in Group A of Euro 2024

As a habit, Shaqiri scores beautiful goals for Switzerland in major tournaments. In the last three World Cups and three Euros, the 32-year-old star has scored. Thanks to Shaqiri, Switzerland now has four points after two matches and has a good chance of advancing to the knockout stage of Euro 2024.

Shaqiri's masterpiece rescues Switzerland in a 1-1 draw with Scotland in Group A of Euro 2024

In the 26th minute, from a careless back pass by defender Anthony Ralston, Shaqiri took a shot right outside the box. The perfect curve left goalkeeper Angus Gunn unable to block it. It was almost the only choice to score, making Shaqiri the first Major League Soccer (MLS) player to score in a Euro tournament. More broadly, he is also the first player from the Americas to score in the European football cup.

Since the beginning of the tournament, the best matches have often been clashes between two underrated teams. The Scotland – Switzerland match was no exception. Both teams played at a high pace, creating many opportunities throughout the match. With more accurate finishing, each team could have scored more than one goal.

After a crushing 5-1 defeat to hosts Germany in the opening match, Scotland entered the match against Switzerland with determination. As a result, they scored in the 13th minute. From a fast counter-attack initiated by captain Andy Robertson, the ball was passed back for Scott McTominay to shoot. Centre-back Fabian Schar, in an effort to block, inadvertently sent the ball into his own net.

Switzerland only had to play from behind for 13 minutes before Shaqiri equalized. For the remainder of the first half, Murat Yakin’s players dominated, but couldn’t take the lead as striker Dan Ndoye was unlucky in front of the opponent’s goal.

In the second half, the team needing three points more, Scotland, had a slightly better performance. Captain Robertson continued to shine, contributing to many dangerous opportunities, including a cross for Grant Hanley to head against the post. On the other side, Ndoye continued to miss chances while Breel Embolo’s goal was disallowed for offside.

Neither team scored in the final hour of the match, but it didn’t make the match any less exciting. In fact, Scotland and Switzerland took 13 shots in the second half, more than in the first half (nine times).

With their performances since the beginning of the tournament, both teams have high hopes of following Germany into the round of 16. Switzerland’s mission in the final round is to avoid a heavy defeat against Germany to secure their ticket to the next round, while Scotland needs a big win against Hungary – the weakest team in Group A.

⚽️ UEFA Euro 1960 to 2021 with 16 tournaments and 10 national champions

⏩ Germany won the Euro 3 times (1972 – 1980 – 1996)

⏩ Spain won the Euro 3 times (1964 – 2008 – 2012)

⏩ France won the Euro 2 times (1984 – 2000)

⏩ Italy won the Euro 2 times (1968 – 2020)

⏩ Soviet Union won the Euro once in 1960

⏩ Czechoslovakia won the Euro once in 1976

⏩ Netherlands won the Euro once in 1988

⏩ Denmark won the Euro once in 1992

⏩ Greece won the Euro once in 2004

⏩ Portugal won the Euro once in 2016

With the participation of the strongest European teams according to the FIFA ranking on February 15, 2024 such as France (2nd) – England (3rd) – Belgium (4th) – Netherlands (6th) – Portugal (7th) – Spain (8th) – Italy (9th) – Croatia (10th) and bright stars like Cristiano Ronaldo, Kylian Mbappé, Harry Kane, Romelu Lukaku to promising young talents, Euro 2024 promises to deliver top-level and dramatic matches.

EURO 2024 will take place in Germany from June 14 to July 14, 2024 in 10 cities in Germany with 24 participating teams. The teams are divided into 6 groups to select the first and second teams in each group, and the 4 third-placed teams with the best performance to get a ticket to the knock-out round. The opening match is scheduled for June 14 between host Germany and Scotland.

⚽️ Detailed EURO 2024 match groups:

⚽️ Group A: Germany, Scotland, Hungary, Switzerland

⚽️ Group B: Spain, Croatia, Italy, Albania

⚽️ Group C: England, Denmark, Serbia, Slovenia

⚽️ Group D: Poland, France, Netherlands, Austria

⚽️ Group E: Slovakia, Romania, Belgium, Ukraine

⚽️ Group F: Portugal, Turkey, Czech Republic, Georgia

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