Shaqiri and Switzerland save a point against Scotland and see the eighth

Shaqiri and Switzerland save a point against Scotland and see the eighth

A stroke of genius from the Swiss striker allowed the Nati to obtain a point against Scotland (1-1) and to glimpse the eighth of the Euro.

Like every two years, Xherdan Shaqiri is there. Scorer on the occasion of his sixth major international tournament in a row, a record in Europe, the 32-year-old striker allowed, with a stroke of genius before the half-hour mark (26th), Switzerland to get the point from the draw against Scotland on Wednesday in Cologne (1-1).

Before this stroke of genius, it was Scotland who had started well, thanks to a lucky goal from Scott McTominay, the selection’s top scorer in qualifying (13th). Enterprising and above all vengeful after their spanking received at the opening in Munich (1-5), the Scots never managed to make a break against the Swiss defense, supervised by the Akanji-Schär pair in front of the always very reliable Yann Sommer.

But Murat Yakin’s gang, who were aiming for qualification after a successful first against Hungary in the same RheinEnergie Stadion in Cologne (3-1), reacted well, by Shaqiri then, then by trying to make the break before the break . Neither Dan Ndoye, very restless on the attacking front (31st), nor captain Granit Xhaka, will deceive the vigilance of Angus Gunn (41st) a second time.

Towards a third qualification for the eighth in a row

The second period, crossed by a false rhythm, will give rise to few hot chances, except at the hour of play, where Ndoye (58th) and Vargas (64th) will not allow the Nati to go ahead. The Swiss even had a narrow escape, following a header from Hanley on the post (67th) but it was they who could have had the last word, with Breel Embolo, scorer but slightly offside (83rd) then Zeki Amdouni, whose header passed a few centimeters from the post (90th).

The main thing is elsewhere for Shaqiri and company, who should still be there in the round of 16. To do this, we will have to avoid a spanking against Germany, already qualified after its afternoon victory against Hungary (2-0), Sunday in Frankfurt (9 p.m.). At the same time, Scotland would still have to put on a show against the Hungarians who were almost doomed after two defeats. Suffice to say that the Nati should return to the round of 16, as in the last two editions (2016, 2021).

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