Germany draw 1-1 with Switzerland to finish top of group

Sports Monday 24/June/2024 15:44 PM
Germany draw 1-1 with Switzerland to finish top of group

Frankfurt: Germany found a stoppage-time goal from substitute Niclas Füllkrug to draw 1-1 with Switzerland and ensure the host nation finished top of its group.

Füllkrug rose high in a crowded penalty area to head into the far corner of the net past Swiss goalkeeper Yann Sommer from a cross by another substitute, David Raum.

Switzerland had impressed while protecting a 28th-minute goal from Dan Ndoye's clever volleyed shot.

The point for each team ensured Germany finished top and Switzerland second in Group A. Hungary took third place in the standings with an even later stoppage-time goal to beat Scotland 1-0 in Stuttgart, the Spanish MARCA newspaper reported.

Germany now goes to Dortmund for a round of 16 game this Saturday against the runner-up in Group C, which is currently led by England. Germany's opponent would be Denmark according to the current standings before the final round of Group C games tomorrow (Tuesday).

Switzerland heads to the Olympic Stadium in Berlin to open the round of 16 this Saturday against the runner-up in Group B, likely Italy or Croatia. They meet tonight in their decisive group game.

Switzerland's goal was made in Bologna, the upstart Italian club that has qualified for its first Champions League entry next season.

Ndoye timed his run to meet a floated pass across the goalmouth from his Bologna teammate Remo Freuler. The attack began when Fabian Rieder, making his first start since the 2022 World Cup, won the ball in the German half and then fed Freuler.

A video review had denied Germany taking the lead in the 17th. Robert Andrich's long-range shot bounced up and over the dive of Sommer, but the VAR team alerted Italian referee Daniele Orsato to an earlier foul in the goalmouth by Jamal Musiala.

The much-criticized Waldstadion playing surface behaved better and the roof stayed closed to protect it though no more rain is forecast for at least five days.

The turf cut up during both previous Euro 2024 games in Frankfurt. It has seemed not to bed in properly since being laid in November after the stadium hosted two NFL games.