Switzerland missed out on a top-two finish in Euro 2020 Group A on goal difference despite a 3-1 victory over Turkey in Baku. The Swiss were leading 2-0 at half time but Irfan Kahveci’s stunning strike (62) was a huge blow to Vladimir Petkovic’s side. Wales held on for a 1-0 defeat to secure their passage to the knockout stages and will now have to wait to see if they qualify from third place.
HOW SHAQIRI AND ZUBER ENLIVENED SWITZERLAND TO TRIUMPH.
Switzerland would have needed a quick beginning and that is the thing that they got when Seferovic’s low strike put them ahead in the 6th moment, quieting the boisterous Turkish group simultaneously.
Steven Zuber chose Seferovic, who set his shot low past Ugurkan Cakir into the far base corner from the edge of the case to hand his side the ideal beginning.
It improved for Switzerland halfway through the main half and Zuber had his impact once more. He folded the ball into the way of Shaqiri, who had existence to twist it into the upper right corner, leaving the goalkeeper no possibility.
Turkey looked lost however they were offered a life saver after the reprieve, Kahveci scoring his very own awesome objective, twisting the ball past Yann Sommer from the edge of the punishment region.
The dazzling strike gave the supportive of Turkey swarm a lift, yet Switzerland before long reestablished their two-objective benefit.
Zuber delivered a third help of the game, selecting Shaqiri from the left, and the Liverpool forward created a determined completion to give Switzerland trust once more.
With Wales actually following 1-0 in Rome, Switzerland expected to discover two additional objectives to get a spot in the last 16, however they didn’t come, leaving Switzerland to look out for their position in the knockout stages.
WHAT THE CHIEFS SAID…
Switzerland manager Vladimir Petkovic: “I’m exceptionally satisfied. The group did what they expected to. I felt we created a decent execution more than an hour and a half. The focus on us stays to meet all requirements for the last 16.
“OBVIOUSLY WE’RE SOMEWHAT BAFFLED [AT COMPLETING THIRD], YET WE UNDERSTOOD WHAT WE NEEDED TO DO AND WE DID THAT AROUND EVENING TIME. PRESENTLY WE NEED TO KEEP A WATCH OUT.”
“I THINK WE DISPLAYED AS A GROUP WHAT WE’RE ABLE TO DO. WE MADE A LOT OF POSSIBILITIES AND WE MIGHT HAVE SHIELDED SOMEWHAT BETTER FOR TURKEY’S OBJECTIVE, HOWEVER, I’M SATISFIED WITH THE PLAYERS.”
Turkey supervisor Senol Gunes:
“WE KNOW THAT WE WERE NOT ADEQUATE. THE PRINCIPAL MATCH HAD A PARTICULARLY ADVERSE CONSEQUENCE ON MY PLAYERS. THAT CAN OCCUR. YET, THOSE PLAYERS WILL PLAY FOR TURKEY FOR A LONG TIME AND THEY WILL SUCCEED LIKE PREVIOUSLY.”
MAN OF THE MATCH – XHERDAN SHAQIRI
The Liverpool forward controlled the game for Switzerland.
He was given the opportunity to meander everywhere on the pitch and caused Turkey a wide range of issues in the 76 minutes he was on the pitch.
The 29-year-old scored two lovely objectives, the initial a long-range shocker before a decided completion gave Switzerland any desire for upgrading Wales.
It was not exactly to be for the Swiss and Shaqiri, who is currently Switzerland’s by and large top goalscorer at significant competitions, with his subsequent objective this evening his seventh for his country at either the World Cup (4) or European Championships (3).
Be that as it may, their third-place finish and count of four focuses ought to be sufficient for a last-16 spot, and whoever Switzerland faces should give close consideration to Shaqiri.