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Switzerland 1-1 Germany: Late Fullkrug leveller secures Group A top spot for hosts

Niclas Fullkrug proved the last-gasp hero as Germany avoided a shock upset to top Group A at Euro 2024 after snatching a 1-1 draw with Switzerland on Sunday.

Dan Ndoye’s first international goal seemed set to seal a famous win for Switzerland and ensure them top spot in Group A, but Germany’s towering substitute stepped up in the dying seconds in Frankfurt.

Ruben Vargas thought he had doubled Switzerland’s advantage late on, only to be denied by the offside flag, and that decision proved pivotal when Fullkrug headed in his 92nd-minute leveller.

That late intervention ensured Germany finished top of the group and will face second place in Group D in the last 16, while Switzerland’s top-two finish sets up a meeting with the runners-up of Group B.

Füllkrug’s late goal secures top spot in Group A #EURO2024 | #SUIGER pic.twitter.com/s98x3okViQ

— UEFA EURO 2024 (@EURO2024) June 23, 2024

The host nation started brightly once again and thought they had taken another early lead when Florian Wirtz teed up Robert Andrich, who squeezed his shot past Yann Sommer into the near post.

However, the Bayer Leverkusen midfielder was denied his first international goal after a VAR check as Jamal Musiala was deemed to have fouled Michel Aebischer in the box during the build-up.

Nagelsmann’s team instead found themselves behind for the first time in the tour

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