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Euro 2020: Goal of the day

By Rediff Sports
June 21, 2021 09:08 IST
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Xherdan Shaqiri was at his effervescent best

Xherdan Shaqiri

IMAGE: Xherdan Shaqiri curled an exquisite shot beyond the despairing dive of Turkey goalkeeper Ugurcan Cakir to score the second goal for Switzerland. Photograph: Dan Mullan/Getty Images

Xherdan Shaqiri struck two of four high-quality goals as Switzerland confirmed Turkey's exit and gave themselves hope of reaching the EURO 2020 knockout stages.

 

The 3-1 triumph over Turkey in Baku produced flashes of what Switzerland are capable of, and took them up to four points in the Group A standings, but they will only know in the next few days whether it is enough to advance to the last 16.

Xherdan Shaqiri

IMAGE: Xherdan Shaqiri of Switzerland celebrates with teammates after scoring their team's second goal. Photograph: Naomi Baker/Getty Images

Turkey began brightly in Baku, but fell behind to Switzerland's first attack of the game when Haris Seferovic opened the scoring for Switzerland in the sixth minute

Turkey's hopes were already fading fast. On 26 minutes they all but vanished as Shaqiri thumped in from long range to add another pearl to his collection. It was clinical stuff from Switzerland.

Xherdan Shaqiri

IMAGE: Xherdan Shaqiri of Switzerland celebrates with teammates. Photograph: Ozan Kose - Pool/Getty Images

The Liverpool playmaker had time to control the ball and curl it into the top-right corner, leaving the goalkeeper no chance.

The likes of Granit Xhaka, Xherdan Shaqiri and Breel Embolo are capable match winners -- as Sunday’s double from Shaqiri against Turkey showed.

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