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Xherdan Shaqiri's wondergoal helps Switzerland draw 1-1 against Scotland in Euro 2024

Published at :June 20, 2024 at 3:14 AM
Modified at :June 20, 2024 at 3:14 AM
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Rajarshi Shukla

The Swiss could secure a spot in the last 16 if they win their next game

With a 1-1 draw against Scotland on Wednesday, Xherdan Shaqiri’s incredible strike put Switzerland only one win away from a spot in the round of 16.

Scott McTominay’s early goal, which required a strong deflection off Swiss defender Fabian Schaer, put Murat Yakin’s team down early.

However, Shaqiri scored one of the most impressive goals of the competition thus far, using a fantastic curler from 20 yards to punish Anthony Ralston’s terrible backpass.

The Swiss, who won even in Cologne, are two points behind Germany in Group A with four points in Euro, having defeated Hungary 2-0 earlier on Wednesday.

Although Switzerland are not technically guaranteed to get to the knockout rounds, it is in a great position going into its last match against Germany after defeating Hungary 3-1 in its opening match.

In their last five major championships, the Swiss have advanced to the knockout stage. Scotland still has a chance to make it to a major tournament’s knockout stages, since the top four teams in third place go to the round of 16.

After losing to Germany 5-1 in the tournament opener, Steve Clarke’s team’s valiant performance helped them regain their dignity.

Although Scotland has only won once in its previous 11 games, a historic last-16 spot is still possible if it can improve its goal differential by defeating Hungary handily.

An hour before kick-off, Yakin was walking across the pitch, gesturing towards the red wall of Swiss fans, hoping to whip them into a frenzy of excitement, but Scotland rode the first wave of emotion.

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