Xherdan Shaqiri was the stand-out performer for Switzerland on Sunday evening evening in a 3-1 Euro 2020 victory over a poor Turkey side.
He hit the back of the net twice against a side labelled pre-tournament as potential ‘dark horses’, but who ultimately bow out at the group stage following three straight defeats.
Liverpool’s seemingly surplus-to-requirements midfielder scored two brilliant goals, bagging the man of the match award and third place in the group for Switzerland – level on points with second-place Wales, putting them in contention for Round of 16 qualification.
Turkey started the game in confidence, showing the Swiss the danger that they can pose – midfielder Kaan Ayhan struck a half-volley which forced Yann Sommer into a superb stop.
The tables turned, though, as Switzerland responded with their own firepower. No.9 Haris Seferović showed great agility to fire beyond Uğurcan Çakır into the bottom-hand-corner from outside the box.
With Switzerland leading, they unleashed their secret weapon – Shaqiri. In the 22nd minute, the Liverpool man got the ball just outside the box, manoeuvred himself to the right, and brilliantly curled the ball into Çakır’s top-left corner.Embed from Getty Images
But the headlines belonged to Shaqiri. He was able to stroke beautifully into the net after sensing and impressively anticipating a ball across the box.
He also equalled Hakan Yakin’s total of three goals in a single Euros tournament – writing his name into the Swiss history books.
Shaqiri, with an xG of 1.17 in the Euros, and Switzerland are now in a favourable position to qualify for the round of 16 as the better of the third-placed teams, but there are still games to be played – all they can do now is wait.
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