Euro 2024: Swiss striker Dan Ndoye makes his people proud

Euro 2024: Swiss striker Dan Ndoye makes his people proud
Euro 2024: Swiss striker Dan Ndoye makes his people proud

Like the ball that flew into Manuel Neuer’s goal, Dan Ndoye flies away. Sunday evening, the Vaudois scored against Germany in Frankfurt and in the stands of the stadium, a family cried with joy: his own. There were Virginie and Saliou, the parents, Eva and Issa, the younger sister and brother.

Switzerland therefore opened the scoring through Ndoye (28th), and Füllkrug’s equalizer in stoppage time in the last match of the group stage (1-1) did not alter the pride of this united family.

So here is a Nati capable of everything: the mediocre in qualifying last fall, then the best since the start of this Euro. And there is Dan Ndoye to embody this movement. In three years, the striker went from the Nice bench to a starter in Bologna and the Swiss team, where he has exploded since the start of the month.

He only needed one goal, after a few missed chances. Shortly before this Switzerland – Germany, his dad, Saliou, remained calm. “The goal will come, I am convinced, it must not become an obsession,” he said wisely. It came, this goal.

And with his performances, many eyes (including that of Inter) are now on the 23-year-old player. Ndoye is the image of this Swiss team: he mobilized to produce his best performances at the right time. It is not an end in itself. Three times a holder, the Vaudois is now essential to the Swiss attack. He is the one who can accelerate, provoke, strike.

And, now, score. A click? Perhaps a form of liberation in any case, even if he always maintained confidence in himself. Switzerland is in the round of 16, it will play on Saturday in Berlin. With newfound certainties and Dan Ndoye in great shape, she can dream big.

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