Scotland stay alive with Switzerland point

UEFA Euro 2024 – Group A

Scotland……….1

Switzerland…….1

Clarke’s men keep Group A hopes alive.

Scotland and Switzerland ended their match in a draw at Cologne, with both teams earning a point in Group A.

In their second UEFA EURO 2024 game, Scotland and Switzerland played out an exciting 1-1 draw, with goals from Scott McTominay and Xherdan Shaqiri.

Despite being only their second match in the tournament, this Group A clash felt like a knockout game, especially due to Scotland’s position in the group and the passionate support of their fans.

The players responded to the electric atmosphere, with cheers accompanying every successful throw-in and tackle. It didn’t take long for the action to heat up, as Andy Robertson made a break down the left and passed to Callum McGregor, who played the ball back into the box. McTominay struck a shot towards goal, which seemed destined for goalkeeper Yann Sommer’s hands, but Fabian Schär managed to redirect it into the top corner with a timely leg extension.

The Tartan Army erupted in celebration, but their joy was short-lived as Switzerland equalized in the 26th minute. Xherdan Shaqiri, making his first appearance in the tournament, played in a central position. When Anthony Ralston misplaced a pass, Shaqiri pounced on it and expertly curled a first-time shot past Angus Gunn.

The Scotland goalie then had to be alert to deny Dan Ndoye as the pace of the game remained unsettled. In a blow for Steve Clarke’s team, Kieran Tierney was forced off with a hamstring injury while trying to stop Ndoye, who could only shoot wide. Grant Hanley then directed a free-kick from Robertson towards the post, but it hit the woodwork, keeping the game evenly poised.

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McTominay’s volley was blocked, while Ndoye continued to pose a threat, this time from the left side with Breel Embolo joining the action. Another substitute from Switzerland, Zeki Amdouni, narrowly missed with a header as the game entered added time. However, Scotland were the ones pushing for a goal in the end. Although they were unable to satisfy their fans’ desire for a second goal, they have managed to keep their EURO hopes alive. Switzerland, on the other hand, now have four points and are trailing behind Group A leaders Germany, who have already secured qualification.

Line-ups

Scotland: Gunn; Ralston, Hendry, Hanley, Tierney (McKenna 61), Robertson; McTominay, Gilmour (McLean 79), McGregor, McGinn (Christie 90); Adams (Shankland 90)

Switzerland: Sommer; Schär, Akanji, Rodríguez; Widmer (Stergiou 86), Xhaka, Freuler (Sierro 75), Aebischer; Ndoye (Amdouni 86), Shaqiri (Embolo 60), Vargas (Rieder 75)

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