Former Bayern Munich winger Xherdan Shaqiri had himself a field day today, scoring two goals in Switzerland’s 3-1 win over Turkey. While his performance was admirable, the Nati were unable to officially clinch their spot in the Round of 16 as they weren’t able to overcome the goal difference Wales had on them.
Instead, to borrow a gambling term, Switzerland are left as some sort of Big Blind for the rest of the proverbial Euro 2020 poker table. Everyone will now have to match or best Switzerland’s four points in order to stay in the game.
Teams in 3rd place who have at least three points like Finland, Austria, and Portugal have little work to do in order to accomplish that. However, do not expect them to be the only ones. 4th place teams with one point such as Scotland and Poland will be fighting hard for wins in order to keep their hopes alive. Just another wrinkle we will see in the storylines coming down the stretch of this tournament.
Group A: ITA 1-0 WAL [ 39’ Pessina ]
Group A: SUI 3-1 TUR [ 6’ Seferovic; 26’, 68’ Shaqiri; 62’ Kahveci ]
Group C: North Macedonia v. Netherlands (Johan Cruyjff Arena — Amsterdam, Netherlands) 12:00 noon ET
Group C: Ukraine v. Austria (National Arena — Bucharest, Romania) 12:00 noon ET
Group B: Russia v. Denmark (Telia Parken— Copenhagen, Denmark) 15:00 ET
Group B: Finland v. Belgium (Krestovsky Stadium — St Petersburg, Russia) 15:00 ET
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