Xherdan Shaqiri happy that Switzerland is doing its job to reach the last 16


Xherdan Shaqiri said Switzerland could not do more while waiting to see if their 3-1 win over Turkey secured them a place in the round of 16 of Euro 2020.

haqiri struck twice in Baku as Switzerland put in an impressive performance to keep their hopes of making the round of 16 as one of the top four third-placed teams alive.

“We did what we needed to do against a good team,” Shaqiri told Euro2020.com. “Now we have to wait and see what happens.

“We had to win and we played a good game. Of course we missed a couple of chances and maybe we could have scored one or two more goals, but it was a crucial performance on our part and we are happy with the result.

Switzerland missed second in Group A on goal difference to Wales, who lost 1-0 to Italy.

Liverpool forward Shaqiri put the Swiss 2-0 up at halftime in Baku with a superb curling effort after Haris Seferovic gave them an early lead.

Irfan Can Kahveci’s long-range strike got Turkey back in the game, but Shaqiri pounced again, shooting home for the first time at the end of a quick counterattack.

Shaqiri added: “The first one (the goal was particularly good), with my weaker right foot. Of course, I was very happy with both of them. I was happy with the performance and very happy to have been able to help the team.

Turkey left the tournament without a point after losing 3-0 and 2-0 to Italy and Wales respectively in their previous games and head coach Senol Gunes gave an honest assessment of his youngster team.

Gunes told Euro2020.com: “We realize we weren’t good enough. The first game had such a negative effect on my players. It can happen.

“But these players will play for Turkey for many years to come and they will be successful as before.”

Turkish striker Burak Yilmaz told Euro2020: “We couldn’t handle such a big tournament, I have to admit.

“We have qualified for the Euro, we are doing very well in qualifying for the World Cup but I see that we have to learn to play these tournaments. It is a lesson we must learn.


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