Switzerland 3-1 Turkey: Euro 2020 – as it happened

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Xherdan Shaqiri scored twice to give Switzerland the win they needed – but they must wait to find out whether it’s enough to put them in the last 16

That’s all from me. I’ll leave you with Louise Taylor’s report on an entertaining afternoon in Baku. Goodnight!

Italy 1-0 Wales was the final score in Rome, which means Wales go through to the last 16. They will play the runners-up in Group B, which is likely to be Russia, Denmark or Finland.

Italy will play the runners-up in Group C, which will be either Austria or Ukraine. Both games are on Saturday.


Full time: Switzerland 3-1 Turkey

Peep peep! Switzerland finish third in the group and must wait to find out whether they qualify as one of the best third-placed teams. Four points and a goal difference of -1 should be enough, but they won’t know for sure until later in the week.

Turkey are going home after three straight defeats, though they contributed plenty to a very enjoyable free-for-all in Baku this afternoon.

90+1 min One more substitution for the road: Silvan Widmer is replaced by Kevin Mbabu.

90 min Three minutes of added time.

89 min: Chance for Muldur! An overhit corner from the left is retrieved by Karaman on the far side. He looks up and fires the ball into Muldur, who shoots straight at Sommer from 15 yards.

86 min Two more changes for the Swiss: Loris Bento replaces the hat-trick hero Steven Zuber, and Admir Mehmedi is on for Breel Embolo.


83 min Yilmaz misses an excellent chance, heading a corner wide of the near post from six yards. He mistimed his header, in fact, and the ball went wide off his shoulder. He might have been unsighted; if not, it was an extremely good chance.

83 min It looks like Switzerland are going to finish third, with four points and a goal difference of -1. That should be enough to reach the last 16, but they won’t know until tomorrow night at the earliest.

80 min That’s Under’s last act - he is replaced by Kenan Karaman, and Orkan Kokcu replaces Kahveci. Yes, I know I had Karaman coming on earlier; in fact that was Yusuf Yazici. Probably.

79 min Under goes on another thrilling run from the halfway to the edge of the area before flashing a drive just over the bar.

78 min If you asked me to name three geniuses, I wouldn’t say Pele, Maradona, Messi. I’d say Laudrup, Costa. Zuber.

Only three players have assisted three goals in a single European Championships game:

🇩🇰 Michael Laudrup (1984 vs. Yugoslavia)
🇵🇹 Rui Costa (2000 vs. England)
🇨🇭 Steven Zuber (2020 vs. Turkey)

This is Zuber's first start of #EURO2020. 🤯 pic.twitter.com/SnXzs0xAby

— Squawka Football (@Squawka) June 20, 2021


77 min: Xhaka smashes the free-kick off the post! Nobody moved. The ball thumped off the post and straight at Vargas, who couldn’t react quickly enough to put the rebound into the net.

76 min Soyuncu fouls Xhaka in the D and is booked. This is another decent chance for Switzerland.

75 min A double change for Switzerland: Mario Gavranovic and Ruben Vargas replace the outstanding pair of Haris Seferovic and Xherdan Shaqiri.

75 min Celik is booked for a tactical foul.

74 min Switzerland are still attacking with the urgency of a team who are two goals down rather than two ahead. In a sense, they are: if they win 5-1 and it stays the same in Rome, they will move above Wales.

71 min That was such a good finish from Shaqiri, because the ball bobbled slightly just in front of him, but he watched it onto the side of his foot and lasered it into the roof of the net.

It’s still Italy 1-0 Ten-man Wales. Switzerland need a two-goal swing to move above Wales.

70 min Calhanoglu is booked for a poor tackle on Elvedi.

It was another superb finish. The tireless Zuber played a one-two with Xhaka, just inside the Turkey half, and then shaped an excellent low cross around the defence. Shaqiri ran onto it, 17 yards out, and slammed a first-time shot through Cakir with his left foot.

GOAL! Switzerland 3-1 Turkey (Shaqiri 68)

Xherdan Shaqiri gets his second!

Xherdan Shaqiri of Switzerland celebrates after scoring to make it 3-1.
Xherdan Shaqiri of Switzerland celebrates after scoring to make it 3-1. Photograph: Ozan Köse/EPA


67 min Scratch that, Kahveci didn’t come off; of course he didn’t. I have no idea who did, I’m afraid.

66 min In fact Turkey made a triple substitution after the goal. The one I missed was Yusuf Yazici for the goalscorer Kahveci, whose last touch was that cracking goal. I bet he was thrilled to come onee.

65 min Seconds later, Freueler’s low cross is turned wide of the near post by Embolo. He was under pressure so it wasn’t much of a chance.

64 min Yet another fine save from Cakir, who dives full length to his left to keep out another right-footed curler from Shaqiri.

63 min Turkey celebrate with a double substitution: Okay Yokuslu and Kenan Karaman replace Tufan and Ayhan.

GOAL! Switzerland 2-1 Turkey (Kahveci 62)

Another twist! Irfan Can Kahveci has got Turkey back in the game - and given Wales a boost - with a brilliant goal. He twisted Rodriguez one way and then the other before lashing a left-footed shot that flew across Sommer into the far corner.

Irfan Can Kahveci of Turkey scores to make it 2-1.
Irfan Can Kahveci of Turkey scores to make it 2-1. Photograph: Naomi Baker/EPA


61 min Cakir makes an outstanding fingertip save from Seferovic, who beat two players and drove a low right-footed shot towards the far corner. There have been a few good saves in this match, at both ends, but none better than that.

59 min Nothing much happening in this game. Switzerland haven’t settled for 2-0, though; their intensity is good and they evidently know the value of winning by four or five.

Wales are down to 10 men in Rome, where Ethan Ampadu has been given a straight red for a late tackle. Switzerland need a two-goal swing across both games to have a chance of leaping into second place.

54 min Under, who has been Turkey’s best player along with Muldur, slaloms past three players but then blooters the ball into orbit from the edge of the area.

Turkey’s forward Cengiz Under on the ball.
Turkey’s forward Cengiz Under on the ball. Photograph: Valentyn Ogirenko/AFP/Getty Images


52 min Embolo bursts away from Soyuncu in the inside-right channel and blasts a rising drive that is superbly saved, one-handed, by Cakir at the near post.


51 min Another chance for Zuber, whose shot takes a slight deflection and is saved at the second attempt by Cakir.

5o min At the other end, Under’s cross is headed over by Yilmaz. A half chance.

49 min Seferovic drops between the lines and plays a simple pass through the inside-left channel to Zuber. His shot from a tight angle is comfortably saved by Cakir.

46 min Peep peep! Turkey begin the second half.

Four points might not be enough to qualify as one of the best third-placed teams. Unlikely, but not beyond the realms. At this stage it’s possible for the third-placed team in all six groups to finish with at least four points, in which case it will come down to goal difference. Somebody could be in for a nasty surprise.


The half-time score in Rome is Italy 1-0 Wales. That means Switzerland are level on points with Wales but with an inferior goal difference, -1 to Wales’ +1.

Half time: Switzerland 2-0 Turkey

Peep peep! Switzerland are heading through to the last 16 thanks to fine goals from Haris Seferovic and Xherdan Shaqiri. Turkey have been lively in attack, forcing a number of good saves from Yann Sommer, but they are all over the show in defence.

Turkey need to improve massively in the second half.
Turkey need to improve massively in the second half. Photograph: Ozan Köse/EPA


45 min After Soyuncu made that superb block a couple of minutes ago he was kneed in the face by Seferovic, who couldn’t stall his momentum. He seems fine but I’m surprised there wasn’t a concussion check. In the Premier League last season, there might have been a red card for Seferovic as well.


43 min Seferovic’s shot is brilliantly blocked the sliding Soyuncu. Turkey break through the left-back Muldur, who beats three players during a barnstorming 70-yard run before his shot is excellently saved by Sommer.

40 min I’ve just realised that I’ll need to discuss the score in the Italy/Wales game later, because it will affect where Switzerland finish in the group. So if any of you don’t want to know what’s happening in the Wales game, please bugger off at your earliest convenience.

38 min Embolo’s cross shot flies a few yards wide of the far post. The angle was pretty tight.

36 min Under feeds a short pass into Yilmaz in the area. He wins an impromptu wrestling match with Akanji and pokes the ball square to Celik, who spanks it over the top. A half chance.


35 min I won’t tell you what’s happening in the Italy/Wales game, just in case any of you plan to watch it on delay, but you can get the latest news with Paul Doyle.

33 min Sommer makes another excellent save, diving full length to his right to push Muldur’s swirling long-range shot round the post. Turkey have been pretty good going forward, but their defending has been hopeless.

30 min “I do hope Turkey don’t fire Senol Gunes on the back of their poor performance in the tournament,” says Anis Aslaam. “He’s a good coach and they’re still leading their qualifying group for the World Cup. It might be a crappy tournament for the Turks but sacking Mr. Gunes isn’t the way forward.”

Yep, I totally agree, but I fear there is a P45 with his name on it.

gv sttadium


28 min: Fine save from Cakir! Switzerland should be out of sight. Seferovic, in the centre circle, turned and played a clever pass to Shaqiri, who roared away from Soyuncu and through on goal. He reached the edge of the area and then drove a low shot across Cakir, who thrust out his right foot to deflect it past the post. Superb save.

Seferovic again had too much time to line up a shot from the edge of the area. This time it was blocked but Zuber picked up the loose ball and squared it to Shaqiri on the edge of the D. His immaculate first touch created just enough space for him to hit a spectacular curling shot that flashed past Cakir as he leapt to his left.


GOAL! Switzerland 2-0 Turkey (Shaqiri 26)

Xherdan Shaqiri scores a beauty - with his right foot!

Lovely stuff from Shaqiri.
Lovely stuff from Shaqiri. Photograph: Dan Mullan/EPA
Pick that out.
Pick that out. Photograph: Naomi Baker/Reuters


23 min Tufan curls over from 25 yards. A bad idea, poorly executed.

23 min Turkey probably need to win 4-1 to have a realistic chance of qualifying for the knockout stages. For Switzerland, any victory will do.

21 min Zuber, who has been heavily involved in attack, shoots well wide from 25 yards.

18 min Shaqiri, on the right, feeds a pass into the penalty area. Zuber lets it run cleverly to Embolo, who tries to flick it round the corner to give Zuber a shooting chance. The pass is just too heavy and Zuber can’t control it on the stretch. That was a decent opportunity.


17 min Seferovic runs onto a long pass and shoots straight at Cakir from the edge of the area. The angle was tight and he had a defender alongside him, so it wasn’t much of a chance.

16 min: Good save from Sommer! The impressive Under skins Zuber on the right and hits a fierce cross that just evades the leaping Yilmaz in the middle. It’s collected on the far side of the area by the left-back Muldur, who chests the ball down and cuts across a good strike that is pushed away by the diving Sommer.


11 min Turkey started brilliantly but they look thoroughly cheesed off at going behind again. Switzerland have a decent chance to put them away in the next 10 minutes.

8 min “Turkey were, genuinely, a really good team in qualifying,” says Kári Tulinius. “It’s been mystifying to see how they’ve gone from being aggressive defensively and intelligent offensively, to the pub side that turned up against Italy and Wales. I can’t think of a national team having that severe a drop-off in such a short time, without injuries being a factor.”

Colombia 1994 are the first team that come to mind, although as we know there was all sorts going on there.

Zuber picked up a loose ball on the edge of the area and played a short pass infield to Seferovic. He was given too much time to turn and drive a precise low shot that went through the legs of Demiral and sneaked into the far corner. At first it looked a relatively innocuous attempt, but it was perfectly placed and Cakir couldn’t reach it as he dived to his left.

It’s too easy for the Swiss as they take the lead against Turkey.
It’s too easy for the Swiss as they take the lead against Turkey. Photograph: Darko Vojinović/Reuters


GOAL! Switzerland 1-0 Turkey (Seferovic 6)

Switzerland score with their first attempt!

Goal for Switzerland!
Goal for Switzerland! Photograph: Valentyn Ogirenko/Reuters


4 min: Fine save from Sommer! Under twists Rodridguez inside out on the edge of the area and has a shot blocked. The quick-witted Yilmaz chests the loose ball behind him to Kaan, who whistles the sweetest half-volley towards goal from 25 yards. Sommer dives to his right to push it away, a terrific save.

3 min Now Tufan spanks over from long range. Turkey have made a bright, fast start.

3 min The corner is headed away at the near post by Embolo.

2 min The captain Burak Yilmaz has an early pop from long range. It hits the back of Akanji and flies behind for a corner.

Burak Yilmaz has a go from long range.
Burak Yilmaz has a go from long range. Photograph: Ozan Köse/Reuters


1 min Peep peep! Switzerland, in red, kick off from right to left. Turkey are all in white.

The players stroll out of the tunnel, into the steamy Baku heat. There are reportedly over 20,000 Turkey fans in the ground, and they proudly belt out the national anthem.

The players line up before the match.
The players line up before the match. Photograph: Ozan Köse/Reuters


Paul Doyle is your man for the big game in Rome, and much else besides.


The permutations

Switzerland will go out of the tournament unless they win. A victory would give them four points, which should be enough to qualify as one of the best third-placed teams. They could also finish second in the group: if they win and Wales lose, goal difference will decide who comes second.

Turkey need to win to have any chance of qualification, probably by a few goals. Their poor goal difference (-5) is likely to cost them if more than one third-placed team finishes on three points.


Two changes for Switzerland. Silvan Widmer and Steven Zuber replace Fabian Schar and Kevin Mbabu, which should mean Ricardo Rodriguez moving from left wing-back to left centre-back.

Turkey make three changes from the side that lost to Wales. Okay Yokuslu, Kenan Karaman and the injured Umut Meras are out; Merih Demiral, Irfan Can Kahveci and Mert Muldur come into the team.

Team news

Switzerland (3-4-1-2) Sommer; Elvedi, Akanji, Rodriguez; Widmer, Freuler, Xhaka, Zuber; Shaqiri; Embolo, Seferovic.
Substitutes: Mvogo, Kobel, Mbabu, Zakaria, Vargas, Sow, Fassnacht, Benito, Mehmedi, Gavranovic, Schar, Comert.

Turkey (possible 4-2-3-1) Cakir; Celik, Demiral, Soyuncu, Muldur; Ayhan, Tufan; Under, Calhanoglu, Kahveci; Yilmaz.
Substitutes: Gunok, Bayindir, Yokuslu, Tokoz, Karaman, Yazici, Antalyali, Kabak, Unal, Yilmaz, Kokcu, Dervisoglu.

Referee Slavko Vincic (Slovenia).



You wait 19 months to play at a major tournament, and then it’s all over in 10 days. Back in November 2019, when Switzerland and Turkey qualified for Euro 2020, they could let their imagination run wild with what they might achieve. But reality doesn’t take long to bite, and today at least one of these teams will leave the competition without trace.

I’ll explain the permutations later, just as soon as I understand them. In short, both teams need to win - but Turkey need to win huge, and even that might not be enough.

Kick off 5pm BST.



Rob Smyth

The GuardianTramp

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