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

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

Le capitaine suisse Xhaka a mené son équipe vers le succès. MAXPPP – PETER KLAUNZER

Ne sachant où se situer après des qualifications décevantes, la Suisse s'est rassurée et a parfaitement lancé son Euro 2024 en venant facilement à bout de la Hongrie 3-1 samedi 15 juin à Cologne, pour rejoindre l'Allemagne en tête du groupe A.

Although the Nati will truly have to be judged against more substantial opposition, Granit Xhaka's partners nevertheless quickly removed the doubts surrounding them before the start of the competition.

In attack in particular where the state of form of Monegasque Breel Embolo, barely returned from injury, and of star Xherdan Shakiri, exiled in the United States for two seasons, pushed Murat Yakin to be selected just before the Euro, Kwadwo Duah, 27 years old, of Ghanaian origin, passed through all the youth selections of Switzerland, without ever being called up with the Nati.

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

Emnbolo folds the deal

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 ). Totally overwhelmed until then, Hungary recovered in the second half, reducing the score with a header from Barnabas Varga, its center forward, perfectly served by Dominik Szoboszlai (2-1 , 66e).

The 23-year-old Liverpool midfielder, the youngest captain in this Euro, worked hard to keep his team afloat. He almost succeeded when his partners laid siege to Yann Sommer's goal and the Swiss defense, never called upon in the first half, but far from being as effective as his attack during the second.< /p>

But Breel Embolo, who came into play in the 74th minute, delivered his own, on the counter, thanks to a lob on Gulacsi (3-1, 90th+3). Switzerland will seek qualification for the elimination phase on Wednesday against Scotland. The same day, Hungary will challenge Germany, favorite of the competition since their inaugural 5-1 victory against the Scots on Friday.

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