Xherdan Shaqiri keeps Switzerland’s Euro 2020 hopes alive with win over Turkey

Switzerland 3-1 Turkey: The Swiss must now wait on other results to see if they’re one of the best third-placed sides

Michael Kahn
Sunday 20 June 2021 19:41
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Euro 2020: Daily briefing

Xherdan Shaqiri kept Switzerland’s hopes of reaching the knockout phase of Euro 2020 with two goals in the win over Turkey on Sunday.

Turkey exit the competition after a third straight defeat while the Swiss hope to progress to the last 16 as one of the best third-placed teams after finishing level with second-placed Wales on four points but behind on goal difference.

Italy beat Wales 1-0 in the other group match after the Welsh were reduced to 10 men in the second half.

Haris Seferovic opened the scoring for Switzerland in the sixth minute when he took a pass from Steven Zuber before pivoting and driving a left-footed shot into the net from just outside the penalty area.

Switzerland doubled their lead in the 26th minute after Zuber picked up a blocked shot and slipped it to Shaqiri who took a touch and then unleashed a vicious long-range shot that gave the sprawling keeper no chance.

He doubled his tally in the 68th minute when he swept home a cross on the counter, minutes after Irfan Can Kahveci had pulled a goal back for Turkey.

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