Match report as Switzerland secure comfortable victory over Turkey, but it’s not enough for top-two finish in Euro 2020 Group A; Italy and Wales qualify in first and second respectively; Swiss finish third on goal difference but tally of four points could be enough to secure last-16 place
Switzerland missed out on a top-two finish in Euro 2020 Group A on goal difference despite a 3-1 victory over Turkey in Baku on Sunday.
Vladimir Petkovic’s side knew nothing but a win would be good enough if they wanted to qualify for the last 16 with a second-placed finish in the group, and the Swiss were sent on their way by first-half goals from Haris Seferovic (6) and Xherdan Shaqiri (26).
With Italy leading 10-man Wales 1-0 in Rome, confidence would have been high in the Switzerland camp on reeling in Rob Page’s side, but Irfan Kahveci’s stunning strike (62) was a huge blow to the Swiss’ last-16 chances.
Shaqiri (68) did restore his side’s two-goal advantage but there were to be no more goals in Baku, while Wales held on for a 1-0 defeat to secure their passage to the knockout stages.
However, all is not lost for Switzerland, who now have to wait to see if they qualify from third place. But for Turkey, it’s the end of their tournament after three straight group stage defeats.