Sunday, August 1

Euro 2021 | Shaqiri moves Switzerland closer to round of 16 and sinks Turkey

Yann Sommer, with a paradones recital, and xherdan Shaqiri, with a double and a great performance, placed Swiss in a good situation to reach the round of 16 Eurocup after signing a victory against Turkey (3-1) with which he will fight for being one of the best third.

Switzerland will finish the first phase with four points. Now you must wait for Wednesday, when the first phase will be completed, to find out if she is one of those chosen to continue in the competition. Being absent from the round of 16 would be a jug of cold water for a team that delivered when it was most needed.

With a torrent of criticism after two erratic games against Wales and Italy, Switzerland faced a real final in which they could not fail. At stake, the prestige of their coach, Vladimir Petkovic, and a good generation of footballers who could end without honor what could be their last adventure in a major international competition.

The pressure was so strong on the Swiss team that until Petkovic had to ask for help and support through an open letter to the Swiss media. Without a doubt, he knew that the importance of the crash was capital and did not want to leave any room for surprise.

His players complied. There was an aura of confidence among those chosen to subdue Turkey. And also in his coach, who reserved his best defense, Fabian Schär, warned with a card in his statistics and in danger of missing the round of 16. Petkovic seemed sure to get a ticket to the next round and did not hesitate to save the Newcastle center-back.

In front, Turkey depressed after losing to Italy (3-0) and Wales (2-0), I needed a miracle to reach the round of 16. He had to thrash and wait for other results. Didn’t get the first, but at least tried to save his honor with interest from the beginning of the duel, although he came across a wall called Yann Sommer.

The goalkeeper of Switzerland was phenomenal paternity. This week he had to escape to Germany to see the birth of his second daughter. His presence in Petkovic’s eleven was doubtful, but he arrived on time and was the one who held the Swiss team under control.

Especially in the first part. He made four first-rate stops. Three to Mert Müldur, who had nightmares about Sommer, and another to Kaan Ayhan. On almost every occasion he responded to very complicated distant shots. He did it with tremendous agility while his teammates showed great effectiveness against the Ottoman goal.

Turkish goalkeeper Ugurcan Cakir tries to stop a shot from Switzerland. EFE

And it is that, without disheveled, Switzerland scored on two of their three opening act occasions. First, Haris Seferovic, who beat Ugurcan Çakir in the sixth minute with a tight left-foot from outside the area. And secondly, Xherdan Shaqiri, who scored a great goal with his bad leg, his right, after a spectacular launch from the area’s balcony. Afterwards, he wasted a heads-up against Ugurcan Çakir, but left his mark with a touch of house-brand quality.

With half the job done, Switzerland faced the second half with less pressure. He just had to play to score as many goals as possible to get past Wales and take second place. Bale’s team lost 1-0 to Italy and two goals left Switzerland in the round of 16.

But, after collecting chances, he got into a crossroads after Kahveci’s goal with half an hour to go. The 2-1 put Switzerland on the brink of success and failure. The same Turkish, eliminated the Swiss team. The Petkovic team could play to increase their income or to save clothes.

And then it appeared again Shaqiri to close uncertainties. He took advantage of Steven Zuber’s third assist of the afternoon to beat Çakir with a kick from the penalty spot. The doubts are over and Switzerland, with four points and -1 goal in their private account, will wait three days to see if they are still in the Eurocup. Meanwhile, Turkey said goodbye to the tournament with a possible dishonorable prize: to become the worst team in the competition.


3.- Switzerland: Sommer; Widmer (Mbabu, d. 91), Elvedi, Akanji, Rodríguez, Zuber (Loris, d. 85); Freuler, Xhaka, Shaqiri (Vargas, m. 75); Seferovic (Gavranovic, d. 75) and Embolo (Mehmedi, d. 85).

1.- Turkey: Cakir; Celik, Demiral, Soyuncu, Muldur; Ünder (Karaman, m. 80), Tufan (Yazici, m. 64), Ayhan (Yokuslu, m. 64), Kahveci (Kokcu, m. 80), Çalhanoglu; y Yilmaz.

Goals: 1-0, m. 6: Seferovic; 2-0, m. 26: Shaqiri; 2-1, m. 62: Kahveci; 3-1, m. 68: Shaqiri.

Referee: Slavko Vincic (Slovenia). He showed yellow card to Çalhanoglu (m. 70), Celik (m. 75) and Soyüncü (m. 76) by Turkey and Xhaka (m. 78) by Switzerland.

Incidents: match corresponding to the third day of group A of the European Championship played at the Olympic Stadium in Baku (Azerbaijan).

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