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Scotland national football team
European Championship | Group Stage
Jun 19, 2024 at 8pm UK
Switzerland national football team

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McTominay (13')
McTominay (51'), McKenna (68'), McGinn (71')
FT(HT: 1-1)
Shaqiri (26')
Rodriguez (31'), Sierro (86')

Spirited Scotland draw with Switzerland to send last-16 bid to final group game

Spirited Scotland draw with Switzerland to send last-16 bid to final group game
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Scotland play out a 1-1 draw with Switzerland to send their Euro 2024 last-16 bid to their final Group A game against Hungary.

Scotland produced an improved performance to play out a 1-1 draw with Switzerland to send their Euro 2024 last-16 bid to the final group game against Hungary.

After suffering a heavy 5-1 defeat to Germany, Scotland received a vital confidence boost in the 13th minute when Scott McTominay fired his country into an early lead with the help of a wicked deflection.

They looked relatively comfortable until Xherdan Shaqiri took full advantage of Anthony Ralston's loose pass to curl an unstoppable strike out of the reach of Angus Gunn.

For a brief moment, Dan Ndoye thought that he had put Switzerland in front, before turning to see the assistant's raised flag, ensuring that the two nations went into the break on level terms.

The second half did not yield a goal, but it certainly produced plenty of drama as Grant Hanley rattled the frame of the goal, before Breel Embolo had a goal ruled out for offside.

Scotland ultimately had to settle for a point, meaning that they will almost certainly need to beat Hungary on Sunday to progress to the knockout rounds of a major tournament for the first time in their history.

Switzerland's Xherdan Shaqiri celebrates scoring their first goal on June 19, 2024© Reuters

Shaqiri stunner cancels out McTominay's opener

Scotland boss Steve Clarke made two changes for the crucial encounter - one enforced following Ryan Porteous's red card against Germany.

Hanley came in for the suspended Watford man, while Brighton & Hove Albion's Billy Gilmour was brought in for Ryan Christie.

In the opposite dugout, Murat Yakin opted to make just one alteration, replacing one of Saturday's goalscorers, Kwadwo Duah, with the experienced Shaqiri.

Having put Friday's disappointment behind them, the Tartan Army delivered a spine-tingling rendition of the Flower of Scotland, giving their players a much-needed boost ahead of kickoff in Koln.

The vocal Scotland contingent had to wait just 13 minutes to celebrate their sixth goal in European Championship history.

Manchester United's McTominay latched onto Callum McGregor's neat layoff to drill a left-foot strike towards goal, before it deflected off Fabian Schar and past an unmoved Yann Sommer.

Scotland looked relatively comfortable until Shaqiri produced a piece of magic to pull Switzerland level and punish Ralston for a costly mistake.

Shaqiri pounced on Ralston's loose backpass to bend a powerful long-range strike into the top corner to celebrate his 32nd international goal.

The stunning shot swung the momentum firmly in Switzerland's favour, forcing Scotland to survive a period of intense pressure.

Gunn made a strong save to keep Ndoye at bay just moments before the forward won the ball ahead of the onrushing goalkeeper to steer it home, only to see the effort ruled out for offside.

Scotland have to settle for point

Ndoye continued to offer a threat after the interval, outmuscling Kieran Tierney - who picked up an injury in his bid to win to stop the striker - before dragging his low shot just inches wide of Gunn's right-hand post.

It was then Scotland's turn to go agonisingly close as Hanley used his strength to get ahead of Schar and meet Andy Robertson's whipped free kick, sending his header crashing against the upright.

Not long after, Scotland breathed a huge sigh of relief when the assistant raised his flag to deny Embolo, who had raced through on goal and calmly lifted the ball over Gunn.

Burnley's Zeki Amdouni then spurned a golden opportunity to win the game in the 88th minute when he nodded wide from Fabian Rieder's deep free kick.

A draw ultimately proved to be the final result, ensuring that Scotland's 28-year wait for a major tournament win will continue until Sunday at the very least.

Scotland's Scott McTominay celebrates scoring their first goal on June 19, 2024© Reuters

Man of the Match - Scott McTominay

Shaqiri could be credited with the award just for producing a spectacular effort to add to the many wonder goals that we have seen at Euro 2024.

Liverpool's Robertson should also get a mention after putting in a captain's performance to create numerous chances as well as playing a key role in his side's defensive efforts.

However, McTominay gets the nod for his impressive display which included his ninth international goal - a strike which ultimately keeps Scotland in the hunt for a last-16 place.

Not only did he provide a goal threat, but the 27-year-old also showed great energy and determination to get through an enormous amount of work in midfield.

Scotland's last-16 hopes to be decided on Sunday

Scotland's most recent major tournament win took place against Switzerland at Euro 1996, but they failed to repeat history at Euro 2024, ensuring that they will enter matchday three in third place in Group A with one point to their name.

They know that they need to beat Hungary to have any chance of clinching a best third-place spot or even second position in the group.

As for Switzerland, they are on the brink of securing a third consecutive last-16 appearance at the European Championships.

However, they still have to negotiate a tricky fixture against tournament hosts Germany, who have already sealed their last-16 spot following back-to-back victories.

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Group A

Q Germany Germany32107
Q Switzerland Switzerland31205
3 Hungary Hungary31023
4 Scotland flag Scotland30121

Group B

Q Spain Spain33009
Q Italy Italy31114
3 Croatia Croatia30212
4 Albania national flag Albania30121

Group C

Q England flag England31205
Q Denmark Denmark30303
Q Slovenia Slovenia30303
4 Serbia Serbia30212

Group D

Q Austria Austria32016
Q France France31205
Q Netherlands Netherlands31114
4 Poland Poland30121

Group E

Q Romania Romania31114
Q Belgium Belgium31114
Q Slovakia Slovakia31114
4 Ukraine Ukraine31114

Group F

Q Portugal Portugal32016
Q Turkey Turkey32016
Q Georgia Georgia31114
4 Czech Republic Czech Republic30121

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