Scotland 1 – 1 Switzerland

Scotland’s hopes of reaching the last 16 of a major tournament for the first time in their history remain alive after a hard-fought 1-1 draw against Switzerland in Group A.

Steve Clarke’s side were much improved since Friday’s 5-1 thrashing of Euro 2024 hosts Germany and took an early lead when Scott McTominay dispatched a Callum McGregor cut-back, via a deflection from Fabian Schar, after a quick counterattack.

The goal sparked delirious celebrations from the Tartan Army inside the Cologne stadium, but Switzerland soon equalized thanks to veteran Xherdan Shaqiri, who produced a brilliant first-time effort from the edge of the area after latching onto Anthony Ralston’s loose pass.

The two teams continued to trade blows in the second half, with Angus Gunn, excellent in saving Dan Ndoye in the first half, again denying the Swiss striker a one-on-one opportunity before Grant Hanley headed in a great Scotland chance against the post of Andrew Robertson’s free kick.

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Kris Boyd celebrates Scotland’s first match against Switzerland

That was the closest Scotland came to taking all three points, and what would have been their first victory in a major tournament since defeating the same opponent at Euro 1996, but at the other end they showed impressive defensive resilience, surviving to a late scare when substitute Zeki Amdouni headed wide.

Grant Hanley hit the post as Scotland searched for the winning goal in the second half.
Grant Hanley hit the post as Scotland searched for the winning goal in the second half.

The draw leaves Scotland with one point from two games in Group A, three behind second-placed Switzerland, who are virtually qualified along with Germany. Most importantly, however, a win over Hungary in their final match on Sunday would give Scotland the chance to progress as one of the four best third-placed teams.

The only blemish on the night was the injury to defender Kieran Tierney, who had to be stretchered off in the second half after falling to the ground clutching his hamstring, and Clarke later confirmed that he will definitely miss the game against Hungary.

Clarke regrets Tierney knock

head of scotland Steve Clarke He said: “He looks pretty bad. We have to assess him, but Kieran won’t be in the next game.

“You have to feel for Kieran, he’s in great shape and a great player for us. It’s a shame but someone else has to step up.”

Star artist: McTominay is crucial

Scott McTominay’s goal, his eighth in his last 14 appearances for the national team, was his highlight, but it was an excellent performance from the Manchester United midfielder.

Scott McTominay was active all over the field, including in both areas.
Scott McTominay was active all over the field, including in both areas.

He led the team forward with possession, as he usually does, taking twice as many shots (four) as any of his teammates and ranking first in touches in the opponent’s box (eight).

But he was equally important off the ball, and he relished the task of shadowing Granit Xhaka to limit his influence and carry out the task diligently.

Gunn: We were 10 times better

Scotland goalkeeper Angus Gunn He said: “Everything in the game, from the beginning, was 10 times better than the other night.

“The guys managed to hold on for 90 minutes. Some of them faltered at the end, but it was much more like us.

“We wanted to bring that (intensity) back to the game today. We did that and you see the boost it gave to the players and the fans. That was the boost we needed at the beginning of the game.

“Personally, I felt hurt after the game on Friday night because I didn’t think I had done myself justice. I think a lot of the guys felt that way too. That was the motivation, to go out and show what we are.” all about.

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Kris Boyd says Scotland ‘made the nation proud’ by drawing with Switzerland

“We wanted to go into the last game with something to play for. We went into the last game knowing what we have to do and, hopefully, we can get a great result.”

Captain Andrew Robertson He said: “Much more like us, aggressive off the front foot and we had a much better start.”

“We made a mistake, but Tony Ralston was incredible after that mistake. Not many people could recover from that, but in the second half he was a different class.

“We have our chances, but it was an open game. That was much more like us and we are much happier with that performance. We are going to get the tie and in the last game everything is at stake. That’s all we can ask for.”

Boyd: They have made the nation proud

sky sports Chris Boyd said: “There were questions and criticism after Friday night’s performance and rightly so.

“Tonight they responded and it was more like Scotland, right in their faces.

“Switzerland is not a great rival at this level, but they more than matched them and ended with a draw.

“Yes, they were lucky at times, but I think Steve Clarke will be relatively happy with that result.”

How does the ranking of third place teams work?

The two best teams from each of the six groups will advance to the round of 16.

These 12 teams will be joined by four of the six third-placed teams in the groups. The teams that finish third will be placed in a league table, and the top four teams will advance to the round of 16.

Teams that finish third in their respective groups are ranked based on the following criteria, starting with:

1) Points
2) goal difference
3) Goals scored
4) win
5) Lowest total disciplinary points
6) General classification of the European Qualifiers
7) If the host Germany participates in the comparison, draw

The tournament then moves to a knockout format, with single-leg knockouts, including extra time and penalties if necessary, until the two teams reach the final on July 14 in Berlin.

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