European Football Championship 2024 in Switzerland | Volkrug rescued Germany in extra time, securing the group win

European Football Championship 2024 in Switzerland |  Volkrug rescued Germany in extra time, securing the group win

Switzerland – Germany 1-1:

The host country was the favorite before the match, but for a long time it seemed that it would attack the weaker Switzerland with force.

But in extra time, brilliant substitute Niklas Volkrug appeared and sent the German fans into the sky.

– There are leaders in the Germany group. It is Füllkrug that keeps German dreams alive! exclaims Andreas Stabron-Smith

This is how group A ended:

1. Germany – 7 points
2. Switzerland – 5 points
3. Hungary – 3 points
4. Scotland – 1 point

Switzerland was shocked

The Germans thought they had taken the lead after 17 minutes when Yann Sommer clumsily let Andrich's long-range effort slip through his gloves, but after consulting the touchscreen, the referee disallowed the goal due to a foul by Jamal Musiala.

Instead, it was Switzerland who took the initiative, Dan Ndoye sending the visitors in front after a brilliant counter-attack.

– Then there is the scoring, which is a wonderful attack by the Swiss. Ndoye has yet to score a single goal for Switzerland, but he has finally managed to do so in the biggest tournament, commented Andreas Stabron-Smith.

The result led Switzerland to the top of the standings. This is what made alarm bells ring for NRK football expert Karl-Erik Torp:

– It is crucial for the Germans regarding the way forward. Torp points out that the German newspaper must now respond.

The difference between finishing first and second in your group is likely to be huge. The second-placed team in the group will face the second-placed team in Group B, which at the time of writing this article is Italy.

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Bad hot

The quality of grass mats has been a constant theme at this tournament. The Dutchman Virgil van Dijk and Ronald Koeman expressed their dissatisfaction, and the Englishman Kyle Walker suffered an injury after his tire slipped.

The stadiums were also criticized during the match between Switzerland and Germany.

The track is subject to all criticism. It's rare that I watch a match and think the stadium has so much to say. Karl-Erik Torp, an expert commentator for NRK, said during the match that it was like driving on summer tires in winter conditions.

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The Athletic investigated why the pitches were so poor. The problems actually began in November, and can largely be explained by the fact that NFL teams have frequently borrowed stadiums for American football games to promote the sport in countries other than the United States.

The grass mats were left in poor condition and it was considered that they did not have enough time to lay new grass in time for the tournament.

However, Brann player Andren Hegerberg, who guested on the NRK broadcast as an expert, saw potential challenges on the surface.

– It can also be used to their advantage. If they put Musiala inside the 16-yard box, I wouldn't have felt comfortable if I was the defender. It's life-threatening, Hegerberg said.

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