Hungary and Switzerland face off in the second group A fixture of the 2024 UEFA European Championship on Saturday, June 15, 2024.
A strong showing in the Euro qualifying stages saw Hungary go unbeaten in all eight qualifying matches, recording 5 wins and 3 draws. After starting their qualifying campaign brilliantly, Switzerland suffered a dip in form, managing 4 wins, 5 draws, and 1 loss.
Hungary’s qualifying campaign was a flying start as they cruised to a 3-0 victory over Bulgaria in their opening qualifying match. Bálint Vécsei scored the first goal of the match in the 7th minute as his right-footed shot from close range found the centre of the goal following a corner before Dominik Szoboszlai’s freekick found the top right corner in the 26th minute. Martin Adam added a third in the 39th minute, his left-footed shot finding the bottom left corner.
A 0-0 stalemate against Montenegro in their second qualifying match was followed up by a comfortable 2-0 victory against Lithuania and an impressive come-from-behind 2-1 victory over Serbia, with Hungarian center-forward Barnabas Varga starring as he grabbed himself a goal in each match. This brilliant run saw Hungary in a powerful position ahead of their second round of qualifying matches.
Hungary took their impressive form into their second round of qualifying matches as they registered another 2-1 over Serbia. Varga put the Hungarians in front twenty minutes into the first half after his right-footed shot from the center of the box found the bottom left corner of the net. Serbia grabbed their equalizer in the 33rd minute through Strahinja Pavlovic as the Serbian defender headed in following a cross from a corner kick however, an instant reply from Hungary’s Rolland Sallai, whose stunning effort from outside the box found the top left corner was enough to guarantee victory for the Hungarians.
Two exciting 2-2 thrillers against Lithuania and Bulgaria followed their victory over Serbia. Hungary capped their impressive qualifying campaign with a 3-1 victory over Montenegro inspired by Liverpool midfielder Dominik Szoboszlai who grabbed a quick-fire brace for himself in the second half.
Switzerland also kicked off their Euro qualifying campaign superbly as they subjected Belarus to a brutal 5-0 hammering in their opening qualifying match back in March. Renato Steffen opened the scoring for Switzerland within just four minutes of play after his left-footed shot from very close range found the back of the net. Steffen grabbed a second just thirteen minutes later with another left-footed strike of his finding the top left corner, completing his hattrick after turning in a Ricardo Rodriguez pass from close range. The second half saw Granit Xhaka and Zeki Amdouni add to Belarus’ misery as they grabbed a goal each in the 62nd and 65th minute respectively.
Switzerland went into their next Euro qualifying match against Israel brimming with confidence and they emerged comfortable 3-0 winners with Ruben Vargas, Zeki Amdouni, and Silvan Widmer getting on themselves on the scoresheet. Another win over Andorra saw Switzerland extend their winning run to three matches.
Switzerland, however, failed to win the remaining two games in their first round of qualifying matches as they slipped to 2-2 draws against Romania and Kosovo, failing to protect their lead and conceding stoppage time equalizers in both matches.
Switzerland got their qualifying campaign back on track in their second round of qualifying matches when they registered another victory over Andorra, coming out of the tie as comfortable 3-0 winners. After a goalless first half, Switzerland turned on the heat in the second half as Granit Xhaka’s pass found Cedric Itten’s, whose right-footed effort found the back of the net in the 49th minute. Xhaka grabbed a goal of his own in the 84th minute, rifling his shot into the bottom left corner of the net from outside the box before Shaqiri’s stoppage-time penalty capped a good Swiss performance.
However, Switzerland seemed to lose their winning mojo as they failed to win any of their last four qualifying matches, recording 3 draws and one loss.
Head-to-head statistics show that Hungary and Switzerland have played two matches, with Switzerland emerging victorious on both occasions. Switzerland have scored 8 goals while Hungary have scored 4 goals.
This highly anticipated match at the RheinEnergie-Stadion in Cologne is set to kick off on Saturday, June 15, 2024, at 15:00 GMT.
The 50,000-capacity stadium in Cologne is set to showcase this highly anticipated match between Hungary and Switzerland.
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Hungary hopes their brilliant form during the qualifying stages can be replicated when the Euro finals kick off in June. The Hungarians will look to Dominik Szoboszlai, Barnabas Varga, and Rolland Sallai for inspiration as they seek to navigate their way out of the group stages.
Hungary: Dibusz, Fiola, Lang, Szalai, Nego, Nagy, Styles, Kerkez, Sallai, Szoboszlai, Varga.
Switzerland will look to show their quality just as they did at the start of their qualifying campaign. Big names like Manuel Akanji, Granit Xhaka, and Xherden Shaqiri will be hoping they can guide their nation out of the group stages.
Switzerland: Mvogo, Elvedi, Akanji, Schar, Rodriguez, Steffen, Freuler, Xhaka, Vargas, Shaqiri, Amdouni.
Both teams will aim to kick off their Euro campaigns with a victory, so this game promises to be exciting.
Hungary 1-2 Switzerland
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