Scotland keep knockout hopes alive with draw against Switzerland



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

Steve Clarke's side were much improved from Friday's 5-1 thrashing by Euro 2024 hosts Germany and went in front early on when Scott McTominay dispatched Callum McGregor's cut-back, via a deflection off Fabian Schar, following a rapid counter-attack.

The goal sparked delirious celebrations from the Tartan Army inside Cologne Stadium but Switzerland soon levelled through veteran Xherdan Shaqiri, who produced a brilliant, first-time finish from the edge of the box after pouncing on Anthony Ralston's loose pass.

The two sides continued to trade blows in the second half, with Angus Gunn, excellent when saving from Dan Ndoye in the first period, again denying the Swiss forward from a one-on-one chance before Grant Hanley headed a huge Scotland opportunity against the post from Andrew Robertson's free-kick.
That was as close Scotland came to taking all three points, and what would have been their first win at a major tournament since beating the same opponent at Euro 1996, but at the other end they showed impressive defensive resilience, surviving a late scare when substitute Zeki Amdouni headed wastefully wide.

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