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Euro 2020: Switzerland Beats Turkey in Baku to Keep Last 16 Hope Alive

By Timucin Turksoy June 21, 2021

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Swiss midfielder Xherdan Shaqiri celebrates the goal he scored against Turkey, Baku, Azerbaijan, June 20, 2021. / Uefa.com

The third and last group game of the Euro 2020 tournament in Azerbaijan’s capital city wrapped up on Sunday, with the Swiss national men’s football team defeating their rivals from Turkey in a goal-rich match.

Swiss players scored three goals at the Baku Olympic Stadium to secure three points, and third place in Group A. Haris Seferović scored the opener in the game’s sixth minute. His teammate Xherdan Shaqiri, in turn, found the net in the 26th and 68th minutes. 

Irfan Can Kahveci scored Turkey’s only goal in the game and the tournament half an hour before the final whistle. Turkey left Euro 2020 as the country’s national team failed to clinch a point in three games.

Group A also saw a victory of the national team of Italy who has defeated Wales in the group’s game on the same day.

The third consecutive victory put Italians on top of the group and booked the 1/16 round ticket. Wales has also advanced to the knockout stage as the group runner-up. Switzerland has chances to make it through to the last 16 as one of the tournament’s best third-placed teams based on the overall group stage results.

The 2020 UEFA European Championship, commonly referred to as EURO 2020, is the ultimate football championship of national teams in Europe. The tournament was initially scheduled to take place from June 12 - July 12, 2020, in twelve cities, including Azerbaijan’s capital Baku. However, on March 17, 2020, UEFA postponed the tournament for a year amidst the outbreak of the novel coronavirus.

The Executive Committee of UEFA announced last year’s June that the tournament would take place from June 11 to July 11, 2021.

Azerbaijan’s iconic Baku Olympic Stadium is playing host to three group games and one quarter-final game within the championship. Along with Azerbaijan, the tournament’s games are played in Russia, Italy, Denmark, Netherlands, Romania, England, Scotland, Spain, Germany, and Hungary.

The quarter-final match of Euro 2020 at the Baku Olympic Stadium is scheduled for July 3.