close to the feat, the Nati concedes a draw 1-1

Murat Yakin well deserved the applause from the podium made up of Swiss supporters.image: Keystone

The Swiss team disrupted the Mannschaft for a long time on Sunday thanks to a new move from coach Murat Yakin. She finally conceded the match 1-1 in added time and therefore did not hold first place in the group. She could face Italy in the round of 16.

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It was a reworked Swiss team that began its match against Germany, a nation which has favored the same composition since the start of this Euro, as its results against Scotland and Hungary were encouraging. Murat Yakin, for his part, opted for Breel Embolo up front in place of Xherdan Shaqiri. He also asked Fabian Rieder to replace Ruben Vargas on the pitch.

This XI entered the pitch with fangs, displaying remarkable intensity. The Swiss pressed the Germans hard during the first minutes. They thus reminded their opponent that they had not lost against them for three matches.

Before kick-off, we actually noted a friendly victory and two draws in the Nations League over the last three confrontations.

The Mannschaft nevertheless got their foot on the ball, but the Swiss defense stood out with its perpetual races, its movements, its high pressing and its players ready to spring at any moment. She won the duels and recovered countless balls with her intensity in the midfield as well as in the opposing camp. The game became balanced, and that’s when Dan Ndoye appeared to cut a cross from Remo Freuler at the near post.

He opened the scoring in the 28th minute. His first goal in this Euro, which could have resulted in a double a few minutes later. His shot too crossed brushed Manuel Neuer’s post.

Germany then regained control of the game and Jamal Musiala’s breakthroughs put the Swiss defense in difficulty. But the Germans were sorely lacking in precision in the last gesture. 0-0 at halftime without there being the slightest steal.

The second period started on the same basis, but Musiala with a cross shot at the entrance to the area was not far from equalizing (50th). Switzerland retreated somewhat and gave chances. Xhaka’s teammates seemed worn out, logical given the efforts made in the first half. Fabien Rieder was dealing with cramps at the hour mark. Scorer Dan Ndoye’s runs were much less sharp.

Murat Yakin expected this and replaced his attacking trio in the 65th minute in a bid to keep up the pressure.

The changes made bore fruit, and Germany began to doubt, while the Swiss fans became more and more vocal in Frankfurt. There was improvement at the end of the match for Nagelsmann’s men who pushed, but it was Switzerland who thought they could make the break. Offside by nothing. It was then Xhaka’s turn to strike on goal, but Neuer intervened admirably (89th). Germany finally equalized thanks to Niclas Füllkrug (90+2) in the final moments. A header punctuating a cross from David Raum. The two players had just entered the pitch. Cruel outcome for Switzerland which until then held first place in its group, after all these efforts.

La Nato concedes a 1-1 draw and finishes second in its group with a record of five points. She will thus face the second in group B, which could be Italy, Croatia or Albania. Their round of 16 will be played on Saturday June 29.


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