Switzerland beat Turkey to keep hopes alive

Switzerland gave themselves an outstanding probability of qualifying for the final 16 of Euro 2020 as the most effective third-placed sides with an outstanding victory that sends Turkey residence with out a level to their title.

Needing a win in Baku to stand any probability of development, the Swiss produced by far their greatest show of the event – one that would and doubtless ought to have yielded a much bigger and extra rewarding win.

Xherdan Shaqiri and Haris Seferovic had been the goalscoring heroes, silencing those that had questioned their locations within the facet with a group of nice objectives, all of them assisted by Steven Zuber.

The first of Shaqiri’s brace – to make it 2-0 within the first half – was particularly good, the Liverpool man curling in from the sting of the field.

Equally as vital was Yann Sommer within the Swiss objective, who produced a string of excellent saves to keep a much-improved Turkey at bay, particularly within the first half.

At the opposite finish, Ugurcan Cakir was simply as spectacular, saving quite a few instances to frustrate a Swiss facet who knew {that a} Wales loss in Italy and a five-goal swing would give them second within the group.

Turkey had been in a position to rating their first objective of the event and a nice one it was too, Irfan Can Kahveci smashing in a long-range drive to briefly slender the rating to 2-1.

But having been many individuals’s ill-judged darkish horses for the event, they exit with a humbling zero factors and a objective distinction of minus seven.

Switzerland should now await the group video games to be accomplished to see if their efforts might be sufficient to ship them by way of.

Switzerland makes amends for poor begin

Switzerland coach Vladimir Petkovic penned an open letter to followers earlier than Sunday’s sport, apologising for his or her defeat to Italy earlier within the week, saying he and his gamers had been “sorry from the bottom of our hearts”.

Their show in Baku was each bit that of a facet trying to amends, led by two of the gamers that had are available in for probably the most criticism from followers again residence – Seferovic and Shaqiri.

The pair’s objectives had been very good – the primary a low, exact strike into the far backside nook of the online from Seferovic, the second a superb, curling shot from a central place past the dive of Cakir from Shaqiri, who then completed first time on the finish of a ruthless counter-attack quickly after Turkey’s objective.

Although, in a sport of gorgeous strikes, Kahveci’s drive into the highest nook – the midfielder’s first worldwide objective – has an excellent case for being the perfect of the lot.

With Wales having fallen behind in Italy, it arrange the potential for a late Swiss dart for second place, however the stubbornness of Robert Page’s males in Rome to keep their sport to a 1-0 defeat and no additional objectives right here ended that.

It was one thing of a miracle that there have been solely 4 objectives in Baku, with the groups producing a outstanding 41 makes an attempt at objective between them.

Since 1980, that is solely the second sport to see each side have 10 or extra pictures within the opening 45 minutes of a Euros match, with Switzerland additionally concerned within the different – a last-16 tie with Poland in 2016.

The two goalkeepers had the largest function to play on this, with Sommer invincible within the first half and Cakir a close to brick wall within the second.

Zuber may effectively have had a hat-trick of objectives to go together with his three assists however for the Turkish quantity 23.

Player of the match

ShaqiriXherdan Shaqiri

with a mean of 8.77

Switzerland

  1. Squad quantity23Player titleShaqiri

  2. Squad quantity14Player titleZuber

  3. Squad quantity9Player titleSeferovic

  4. Squad quantity13Player titleRodríguez

  5. Squad quantity7Player titleEmbolo

  6. Squad quantity10Player titleXhaka

  7. Squad quantity1Player titleSommer

  8. Squad quantity3Player titleWidmer

  9. Squad quantity2Player titleMbabu

  10. Squad quantity5Player titleAkanji

  11. Squad quantity8Player titleFreuler

  12. Squad quantity4Player titleElvedi

  13. Squad quantity18Player titleMehmedi

  14. Squad quantity11Player titleVargas

  15. Squad quantity17Player titleBenito

  16. Squad quantity19Player titleGavranovic

Turkey

  1. Squad quantity4Player titleSöyüncü

  2. Squad quantity7Player titleÜnder

  3. Squad quantity23Player titleÇakir

  4. Squad quantity25Player titleMüldür

  5. Squad quantity10Player titleCalhanoglu

  6. Squad quantity3Player titleDemiral

  7. Squad quantity21Player titleKahveci

  8. Squad quantity17Player titleYilmaz

  9. Squad quantity6Player titleTufan

  10. Squad quantity22Player titleAyhan

  11. Squad quantity9Player titleKaraman

  12. Squad quantity11Player titleYazici

  13. Squad quantity19Player titleKökcü

  14. Squad quantity2Player titleZeki Çelik

  15. Squad quantity5Player titleYokuslu

  16. Squad quantity8Player titleTokoz

Line-ups

Switzerland

Formation 3-4-1-2

  • 1Sommer
  • 4Elvedi
  • 5Akanji
  • 13Rodríguez
  • 3WidmerSubstituted forMbabuat 90+2′minutes
  • 8Freuler
  • 10XhakaBooked at 78mins
  • 14ZuberSubstituted forBenitoat 85′minutes
  • 23ShaqiriSubstituted forVargasat 76′minutes
  • 9SeferovicSubstituted forGavranovicat 75′minutes
  • 7EmboloSubstituted forMehmediat 86′minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Mbabu
  • 6Zakaria
  • 11Vargas
  • 12Mvogo
  • 15Sow
  • 16Fassnacht
  • 17Benito
  • 18Mehmedi
  • 19Gavranovic
  • 21Kobel
  • 22Schär
  • 25Cömert

Turkey

Formation 4-1-4-1

  • 23Çakir
  • 2Zeki ÇelikBooked at 75mins
  • 3Demiral
  • 4SöyüncüBooked at 76mins
  • 25Müldür
  • 22AyhanSubstituted forYokusluat 63′minutes
  • 7ÜnderSubstituted forKaramanat 80′minutes
  • 6TufanSubstituted forYaziciat 63′minutes
  • 21KahveciSubstituted forKökcüat 80′minutes
  • 10CalhanogluBooked at 70minsSubstituted forTokozat 86′minutes
  • 17Yilmaz

Substitutes

  • 1Günok
  • 5Yokuslu
  • 8Tokoz
  • 9Karaman
  • 11Yazici
  • 12Bayindir
  • 14Antalyali
  • 15Kabak
  • 16Ünal
  • 18Yilmaz
  • 19Kökcü
  • 26Dervisoglu

Referee:
Slavko Vincic

Attendance:
17,138

Live Text

  1. Match ends, Switzerland 3, Turkey 1.

  2. Second Half ends, Switzerland 3, Turkey 1.

  3. Corner, Turkey. Conceded by Kevin Mbabu.

  4. Attempt blocked. Kenan Karaman (Turkey) proper footed shot from the centre of the field is blocked. Assisted by Yusuf Yazici with a cross.

  5. Corner, Turkey. Conceded by Kevin Mbabu.

  6. Okay Yokuslu (Turkey) wins a free kick within the defensive half.

  7. Foul by Kevin Mbabu (Switzerland).

  8. Substitution, Switzerland. Kevin Mbabu replaces Silvan Widmer.

  9. Attempt saved. Mert Müldür (Turkey) proper footed shot from the centre of the field is saved within the centre of the objective. Assisted by Yusuf Yazici.

  10. Corner, Turkey. Conceded by Ruben Vargas.

  11. Foul by Kenan Karaman (Turkey).

  12. Remo Freuler (Switzerland) wins a free kick within the attacking half.

  13. Foul by Dorukhan Tokoz (Turkey).

  14. Ricardo Rodríguez (Switzerland) wins a free kick within the defensive half.

  15. Orkun Kökcü (Turkey) wins a free kick on the best wing.

  16. Foul by Admir Mehmedi (Switzerland).

  17. Kenan Karaman (Turkey) wins a free kick within the defensive half.

  18. Foul by Granit Xhaka (Switzerland).

  19. Substitution, Turkey. Dorukhan Tokoz replaces Hakan Calhanoglu.

  20. Substitution, Switzerland. Admir Mehmedi replaces Breel Embolo.

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