Euro 2024: Switzerland wins seriously, Spain shows its muscles, Italy was hot… what to remember from this Saturday

Euro 2024: Switzerland wins seriously, Spain shows its muscles, Italy was hot... what to remember from this Saturday

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Switzerland's serious victory against Hungary, Spain assumes its status as a serious outsider, Italy…, here is what we should remember from this Saturday, June 15 during Euro 2024.

Switzerland launches its tournament properly

Switzerland launched its Euro-2024 perfectly by defeating Hungary 3-1 on Saturday in Cologne, thus joining Germany at the top of Group A. The Nati scored its first two goals during the first period which ;rsquo;she completely dominated, in particular thanks to Kwadwo Duah, a 27-year-old striker of Ghanaian origin, who honored his second selection.

A quarter of an hour into the game, the striker from Ludogorets in Bulgaria went behind the Hungarian defense, received a superb pass from Michel Aebischer, only to find himself alone against Peter Gulacsi , the Hungarian goalkeeper, deceive him, and thus score, after using VAR, his first goal with Switzerland (1-0, 14th).

At the end of the first period, Aebisher took advantage of the passivity of the Hungarian defense to calmly adjust Gulacsi with a strike at the entrance to the area (2-0, 45th).

Overwhelmed, Hungary recovered in the second half, reducing the score with a header from Barnabas Varga, their center forward, perfectly served by their captain Dominik Szoboszlai (2-1, 66th). Switzerland took cover in added time of the second half, on the counter, thanks to a lob from Breel Embolo who came into play (3-1, 90th+3).

Read also: VIDEO. Euro 2024: Switzerland successfully enters the competition by beating Hungary

Spain teaches Croatia a lesson

“The way forward”: Spain struck a major blow on Saturday at the Olympic Stadium in Berlin for the first clash of the tournament by outclassing Croatia (3-0) and now placing itself as a big favorite for Euro-2024.

After the lesson given Friday evening by Germany to Scotland (5-1), no one expected the same scenario during this classic of major competitions. But surprise: in an enclosure full of supporters dressed in checkered jerseys (68,800 supporters), Luis de la Fuente's players definitely regained color and ambition.

"It’was important to start like that, I saw the team with envy", said captain Alvaro Morata , "this’is the way to go”. With this success, the "Roja", three times victorious in the continental tournament (1964, 2008 and 2012), warned the other favorites of the competition (England, France, Germany and Portugal) that it we should count on it until mid-July.

Also read: VIDEO. Euro 2024: Spain hits a big start by correcting Croatia in the first shock of the competition

A very pale Italy

The Azzurri, astonishing winners in 2021, conceded the fastest goal in history in a European Championship, after 23 seconds of play, scored by Nedim Bajrami. They quickly rectified the situation, through Alessandro Bastoni (11th) and Nicolo Barella (16th), and this allowed them to avoid an embarrassing poor performance against modest Albania, 66th team in the Fifa ranking.

The team led by the short-lived Lyon coach Sylvinho even caused a big thrill, and above all a threatening ball, in front of Gianluigi Donnarumma's cage in the 90th minute.

Also read: VIDEO. Euro 2024: Italy was scared but ended up winning against Albania after conceding the fastest goal in Euro history

Coach Luciano Spalletti has work to do to put the Nazionale at the level of other favorites, such as the German host country, ruthless on Friday against Scotland (5-1), and the&#39 ;Spain, too powerful for an aging Croatia.

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