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Switzerland shock Italy, safe Euro 2024 quarter-final spot

Switzerland dumped reigning champions Italy out of Euro 2024 with a surprising 2-0 victory on Saturday to achieve the quarter-finals for the second time of their historical past.

Murat Yakin’s supremely well-drilled facet outplayed the flat two-time winners within the final 16 conflict in Berlin and can face England or Slovakia within the subsequent spherical.

Ruben Vargas teed up Remo Freuler for Switzerland’s thirty seventh minute opener earlier than curling residence beautifully himself proper at the beginning of the second half to deservedly double their lead.

A brand new-look Italy, quick on star energy and with out lots of the key figures that led them to Euro 2020 glory, supplied little in response to Switzerland’s energetic show.

“It hurts, it really hurts,” mentioned Italy’s captain and goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma.

“We can only say sorry to everyone, we were disappointing today and they deserved to win. We struggled all game long.”

Former Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka, arriving on the Euros after a surprising season with German champions Bayer Leverkusen, pulled the strings because the Swiss hardly ever appeared like letting the lead slip away.

“I’m at a loss for words, it was the most important game of my career,” mentioned Swiss midfielder Fabian Rieder.

“Everyone performed for one another, we labored nicely in defence and assault… we’ve an extremely nice group.

“We want to enjoy the moment now but keep working hard for the next game.”

Italy coach Luciano Spalletti dropped Jorginho after his worrying group stage performances, bringing in Nicolo Fagioli in defensive midfield amongst a hefty six adjustments which didn’t deliver the Azzurri to life.

Spalletti mentioned the second purpose had knocked the stuffing out of his facet and their limitations had been uncovered.

“Right now, for too many reasons, we are unable to do anything more than this,” he mentioned.

Spalletti had referred to as on his group to enhance within the knock-out rounds after they scraped into the Last 16 with a final gasp equaliser within the 1-1 draw with Croatia.

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However it was Switzerland who grew in confidence and pulled off their greatest show but on the Olympiastadion in a sweltering Berlin, the place a much more spectacular Italy gained the 2006 World Cup.

Former goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon, now Italy’s delegation head, has been regaling the squad with tales from that triumph however it didn’t encourage a convincing efficiency — aside from by his modern-day counterpart, Donnarumma.

The Paris Saint-Germain goalkeeper, key in Italy’s Euro 2020 conquest, made a positive save to thwart Breel Embolo halfway via the primary half as Switzerland created the primary actual likelihood by taking part in him via.

– Freuler opener –

Donnarumma couldn’t cease Freuler from firing Switzerland forward after 37 minutes when the midfielder managed Vargas’ low cross and drilled residence on the close to submit.

Switzerland stored the ball for nicely over a minute within the build-up, stringing collectively 33 passes earlier than Freuler, who performs for Serie A facet Bologna, utilized the of completion.

Donnarumma produced a positive save to tip Rieder’s free-kick on to the submit earlier than the break because the Swiss sought to equal their greatest ever efficiency on the final Euros by reaching the final eight.

Hosts Germany wanted a late leveller to keep away from defeat in opposition to the Swiss within the group section, whereas within the earlier version they knocked out a lot fancied France within the final 16, so Italy can not say they weren’t warned.

Spalletti hooked Stephan El Shaarawy at half-time for Zaccagni, however Italy gave the ball away from the kick-off and Switzerland doubled their lead simply 27 seconds into the second interval.

Augsburg midfielder Vargas, who began instead of the suspended Silvan Widmer however on the left of the assault, broke into the realm and arced an outstanding curling shot over Donnarumma.

The closest Italy got here to scoring was when Swiss defender Fabian Schar misjudged a header and hit the body of his personal purpose.

The near-invisible Gianluca Scamacca additionally hit the submit from shut vary, however seemed to be offside.

The sides drew twice in World Cup 2022 qualification with the Azzurri failing to make the match however went one higher in Germany, securing their first win in opposition to Italy since 1993, after 11 with out victory.




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