Euro 2024: Switzerland comes close to the feat against Germany

Euro 2024: Switzerland comes close to the feat against Germany
Euro 2024: Switzerland comes close to the feat against Germany

Granit Xhaka’s Switzerland came close to the feat against Germany in Group A of Euro 2024, Sunday in Frankfurt.


The victory was there. So close. At 180 seconds, maybe less. Bluffing, the Swiss team achieved its feat: a grandiose victory against Germany and first place in group A. Niclas Füllkrug jumped, placed a huge header out of the reach of Yann Sommer, and everything happened. flew away in the 92nd minute. We would have to settle for a 1-1 draw. It doesn’t change much and everything at the same time. The most important thing: Switzerland will play well in the round of 16. It will be in Berlin, next Saturday at 6 p.m., against Italy, Albania or Croatia. Without Silvan Widmer, warned for the second time in the tournament this Sunday.

With the current Swiss team, problems rarely come in the first half. His lines and the match could have been written differently, of course, but the VAR decided to erase five seconds of play which the Swiss will also happily erase from their memory. There we found the opening score of Robert Andrich (17th). A big hand error from Yann Sommer, too. The video spotted a prior foul by Jamal Musiala. So much the better for Switzerland. In many ways.

Dan Ndoye denies criticism

The selection of Murat Yakin could not decently imagine a world in which it would keep the Mannschaft (with its typical team) eternally away from its cages. The fact remains that she managed very well to ensure that the air in Frankfurt never became unbreathable. Or at least not too quickly. While sometimes finding the circuits that would allow him to threaten Manuel Neuer. There still needs to be accuracy in the last gesture. With Breel Embolo, established at the forefront? Or with Dan Ndoye!

It is said that the last gesture is not the Bologna player’s strong point. 28th minute, the Vaudois twisted the neck of the cliché. His countered heel initiated the action. Two passes later, his feet-first dive to take a cross from Remo Freuler gave Switzerland a 1-0 lead. Frankfurt could rumble. For the first time in its tournament, Germany was leading.

Switzerland’s goal in the 28th minute.


VAR deprives Switzerland of 2-0

In ten days, the Swiss team had just gone from this abandoned selection of certainties to a team on the verge of finishing at the top of its group at the Euro ahead of Germany. The second half still had to be managed, which had almost everything to turn into a dream. Between the alleged German pressure and Switzerland’s habit of lowering their tone after the break.

Germany’s equalizer (92nd).


We had perhaps forgotten what the Swiss team could be when it shines. But the predicted nightmare was not really one, even if Manuel Neuer no longer saw the ball much. Ruben Vargas’ strike in the 84th minute, perfectly crossed into the side net, the Bayern goalkeeper didn’t see it either. Once again, VAR intervened. For an offside. Too bad. Eight minutes later, Niclas Füllkrug offered the familiar epilogue to the meeting.

Switzerland – Germany 1-1 (1-0)

Deutsche Bank Park, Frankfurt.

Arbitrator: Daniele Orsato (ITA).

Goals: 28th Ndoye 1-0; 92nd Fullkrug 1-1.

Swiss: Sommer; Schär, Akanji, Rodriguez; Widmer, Xhaka, Freuler, Aebischer; Rieder (65th Vargas), Embolo (65th Duah), Ndoye (65th Amdouni). Coach: Murat Yakin.

Germany: Neuer; Kimmich, Rüdiger, Tah (61st Schlotterbeck), Mittelstädt (61st Raum); Andrich (65th Beier), Kroos; Musiala (76th Füllkrug), Gundogan, Wirtz (76th Sané); Havertz. Coach: Julian Nagelsmann.

Warnings: Ndoye (25th), Tah (38th), Xhaka (66th), Widmer (81st).



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