Switzerland beat Turkey 3-1 in Baku but had to settle for the third position in Group A at Euro 2020 on goal difference. Italy beat Wales by one goal meaning Switzerland needed to win by a margin of four goals. They got off to the best possible start when Haris Seferovic put them ahead in the sixth minute. Xherdan Shaqiri then doubled their advantage just before the half-hour mark.
In the second half, Turkey was much better and was rewarded in the 62nd minute with a spectacular goal from Irfan Kahveci. The goal was a big blow for Switzerland in their attempt to catch Wales in second place. Shaqiri did score his second goal of the night but it wasn’t enough as Wales held on in the second half.
Switzerland: Sommer (8), Elvedi (7), Akanji (7), Rodriguez (7), Widmer (7), Freuler (6), Xhaka (7), Zuber (8), Embolo (7), Seferovic (8), Shaqiri (9).
Subs: Gavranovic (n/a), Vargas (n/a), Mehmedi (n/a), Benito (n/a), Mbabu (n/a).
Turkey: Cakir (7), Celik (6), Demiral (7), Soyuncu (6), Muldur (7), Tufan (6), Under (7), Calhanoglu (6), Kahveci (7), Ayhan (6), Yilmaz (5).
Subs: Yokuslu (6), Yazici (6), Karaman (n/a), Kokcu (n/a), Tokoz (n/a).
Man of the match: Xherdan Shaqiri.
Switzerland boss Vladimir Petkovic: “I’m very pleased. The team did what they needed to. I felt we produced a good performance over 90 minutes. The aim for us remains to qualify for the last 16.” Petkovic said after Switzerland beat Turkey. “Of course we’re a little disappointed [at finishing third], but we knew what we had to do and we did that tonight. Now we have to wait and see. I think we showed as a team what we’re capable of. We created a lot of chances and we could have defended a bit better for Turkey’s goal, but I’m pleased with the players.”
Turkey boss Senol Gunes: “We are aware that we were not good enough. The first match had such a negative effect on my players. That can happen. But those players will play for Turkey for many years and they will succeed like before.”