Scotland v Switzerland LIVE: Result and final score as Scots keep Euro 2024 dream alive

Scotland kept alive their hopes of reaching the last 16 at Euro 2024 with a 1-1 draw against Switzerland in a gripping Group A game on Wednesday.

Eager to make up for their 5-1 rout by Germany, Scotland were roared on by thousands of fans and made a dream start when Scott McTominay’s on-target 13th-minute shot was turned in by Swiss defender Fabian Schar.

The lead was short-lived, however, as Switzerland, who would have ensured a top-two spot with victory, levelled in spectacular fashion when recalled forward Xherdan Shaqiri curled a brilliant shot into the top corner following a defensive error.

Switzerland twice had goals disallowed after tight offside decisions – one in the first half by Dan Ndoye and late on by substitute Breel Embolo – but Scotland also went close when Grant Hanley headed against the post.

Switzerland are second behind group leaders Germany on four points while Scotland are third with one and must beat Hungary in Stuttgart to advance.

Scotland vs Switzerland LIVE: Latest Euro 2024 updates

Scotland draw with Switzerland to keep hopes of qualification alive

13’ GOAL! McTominay finishes the counter as his shot deflects in off Schar (SCO 1-0 SWI)

26’ GOAL! Shaqiri sweeps in a first-time effort after a poor pass from Ralston (SCO 1-1 SWI)

Germany defeat Hungary 2-0 in other game in Group A, as hosts go top on six points

Scotland XI: Gunn; Hendry, Hanley, Tierney; Ralston, Gilmour, McGregor, Robertson; McGinn, McTominay; Adams

Switzerland XI: Sommer; Schar, Akanji, Rodriguez; Widmer, Xhaka, Freuler, Aebischer; Ndoye, Shaqiri, Vargas

Scotland 1 – 1 Switzerland

FULL-TIME: Scotland 1-1 Switzerland

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Andy Robertson spoke to BBC after the match, and he said that that performance was “much more like us”.

“Aggressive, on the front foot, couldn’t get off to a better start.

“We make a mistake but make no mistake about it, Tony Ralston was unbelievable after that mistake. Second half, he was different class.

“We had our chances but so did they. We were a lot more happy with that performance. We’ll take the draw and we’ve taken it into the last game and that’s all we can ask.

“We need to go again Sunday because that’s a massive game for us now. We can take a lot of positives from tonight but we can also tweak a little thing and improve even more and that’s a good thing.

“We need to get to bed now and recover. Come Sunday we’ll bee good to go with the backing that we’ve got.”

Scotland vs Switzerland player ratings: Xherdan Shaqiri produces stunner as Angus Gunn keeps Scots alive

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Scotland earned a potentially valuable point against Switzerland as the two sides shared a 1-1 draw in their second Group C fixture.

Steve Clarke had promised that his side would produce a reaction to their opening thrashing against Germany at Euro 2024, and Scotland took the lead after Fabian Schar skewed Scott McTominay’s goalbound effort past Yann Sommer.

But Switzerland hit back before half time in superb style, Xherdan Shaqiriarcing a quite brilliant finish into the top corner after an error from Scotland in possession.

It proved to be enough for them to secure a draw and leave them well on track for the knockout rounds, while Scotland will have to beat Hungaryto have hope of joining them in the last-16.

Here’s how the players rated in Cologne:

Scotland vs Switzerland player ratings: Xherdan Shaqiri produces stunner

FULL-TIME: Scotland 1-1 Switzerland

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FULL-TIME! Scotland 1-1 Switzerland

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FULL-TIME! There’s no time for another chance and the referee blows the full-time whistle.

A valiant effort from Scotland and they’re responded well – they’re still alive in Group A.

And given how this game has just gone, you wouldn’t bet against them beating Hungary either.

Euro 2024: Scotland 1-1 Switzerland

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94 mins

Into the last minute here and Scotland are pushing. McKenna hits it long to Ralston, whose cross is headed out.

Euro 2024: Scotland 1-1 Switzerland

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92 mins

Amdouni heads on towards Embolo, but Gunn is quick off his line to intercept.

Euro 2024: Scotland 1-1 Switzerland

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91 mins

There’ll be four minutes of added time here in Cologne.

There’s great play from both sides as McGregor scoops a ball wide to Robertson, who lashes it back across the area, but it’s brilliant defending from Akanji to hook it away as he was facing his own goal.

Euro 2024: Scotland 1-1 Switzerland

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88 mins

McGinn concedes te free-kick near the edge of the box. Rieder delivers to the back post and Rieder has a free header, but he can only direct it wide!

McGinn and Adams come off for Christie and Shankland.

Euro 2024: Scotland 1-1 Switzerland

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86 mins

Sierra is booked for a late challenge on Che Adams.

Switzerland make two changes, as Widmer and Ndoye come off for Stergiou and Amdouni.

DISALLOWED GOAL! Scotland 1-1 Switzerland

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83 mins

Adams loses the ball and in the Switzerland half and the Swiss counter quickly. Embolo has been spotted making the run in behind and the ball is threaded in between the defenders. Embolo is one-v-one and he chips Gunn easily, but he had strayed offside!

Euro 2024: Scotland 1-1 Switzerland

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80 mins

Billy Gilmour is replaced by Kenny McLean. An accomplished performance from the Brighton man.

Scotland attack and it falls to McTominay near the edge of the box; he goes for the half-volley and it looks promising, but it’s blocked!

Euro 2024: Scotland 1-1 Switzerland

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78 mins

Ndoye beats Ralston far too easily down the left, and shifts it on to his right foot before firing an effort high and wide.

Euro 2024: Scotland 1-1 Switzerland

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75 mins

Scotland intercept in the Swiss half and end up winning a corner after the cross is turned behind. McTominay whips it in, but the Swiss defence is resolute once more.

Euro 2024: Scotland 1-1 Switzerland

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74 mins

Now McGinn wins a free-kick after a late challenge from Freuler, but Robertson’s delivery is headed harmlessly over.

Switzerland make two changes, as Freuler comes off for Rieder and Vargas is replaced by Sierro.

Euro 2024: Scotland 1-1 Switzerland

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72 mins

Scotland get their third booking of the night as McGinn is late into the challenge as he closed down the clearance.

Euro 2024: Scotland 1-1 Switzerland

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70 mins

Gilmour collects in midfield and slides an inch-perfect ball into Ralston, and his cross is deflected behind for a corner.

Euro 2024: Scotland 1-1 Switzerland

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68 mins

Scott McKenna is booked after preventing a Switzerland counter.

Euro 2024: Scotland 1-1 Switzerland

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67 mins

CLOSE! So so close for Scotland.

It’s a brilliant delivery towards the back post from Robertson, and Hanley crashes his low header against the post! It bounces back into the six-yard box but no Scotland shirt can convert.

Euro 2024: Scotland 1-1 Switzerland

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65 mins

Another roar from the Scotland fans as Gilmour collects near the Swiss box and tries his luck from distance, but Akanji blocks.

Shortly after, Akanji brings down McTominay right on the edge of the area, on the right wing.

Euro 2024: Scotland 1-1 Switzerland

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64 mins

Schar spreads the diagonal over to Vargas on the left, and he drives at Ralston before firing a shot wide and over.

Euro 2024: Scotland 1-1 Switzerland

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63 mins

Just before the Tierney change, Switzerland replaced goalscorer Xherdan Shaqiri with Breel Embolo.

Both teams are just settling back into things after a few stoppages.

Euro 2024: Scotland 1-1 Switzerland

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60 mins

It was Tierney who lost out in the challenge to Ndoye there, and he seems to have extended his knee. He’s being stretchered off here, and he’s replaced by McKenna.

Euro 2024: Scotland 1-1 Switzerland

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59 mins


Switzerland have a chance out of nothing as the ball is hooked high towards the Scotland goal. Ndoye brings it down well and shrugs off the challenge on the edge of the box, and he’s one-v-one with Gunn.

But it’s a great save by Gunn in the end, as he spreads himself and gets a hand to Ndoye’s low shot.

Euro 2024: Scotland 1-1 Switzerland

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56 mins

Switzerland work it well and it ends up with Vargas on the edge of the box, but his shot is straight at Gunn.

Euro 2024: Scotland 1-1 Switzerland

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52 mins

Scotland pile forwards and Robertson wins the throw, but it ends up with Scotland ceding possession as Hanley gives it away.

Euro 2024: Scotland 1-1 Switzerland

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51 mins

McTominay is shown a yellow for a challenge in the box, as he’d gone under the man who had jumped for the header.

Euro 2024: Scotland 1-1 Switzerland

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49 mins

Scotland win a free-kick but the Swiss clear easily, and they clear Tierney’s long throw right after.

Euro 2024: Scotland 1-1 Switzerland

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47 mins

Two corners in a row for the Swiss. McTominay heads the first one away, and the offside is given from the second.

KICK-OFF! Scotland 1-1 Switzerland

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Switzerland get us back underway in Cologne. Steve Clarke looks calm as he walks back out, but he knows that he might be 45 minutes away from a truly historic night.

HALF-TIME: Scotland 1-1 Switzerland

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Here’s that equaliser from Shaqiri. Brilliant.

HALF-TIME: Scotland 1-1 Switzerland

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HALF-TIME: Scotland 1-1 Switzerland

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HALF-TIME! And the two sides head into the break at 1-1. Much better from Scotland, but they’ll be gutted that they aren’t heading in with the lead.

They’ve been better than Switzerland on the whole, often limiting their attacks.

Euro 2024: Scotland 1-1 Switzerland

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47 mins

Not a lot of action as the half comes to an end, with both sides looking like they’re happy to take this half-time result. Robertson and McTominay chase the ball down and Sommer kicks it straight out.

Euro 2024: Scotland 1-1 Switzerland

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45 mins

There’ll be three minutes of added time.

Euro 2024: Scotland 1-1 Switzerland

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43 mins

Good defending from Scotland as they shepherd Ndoye off the ball as he surged into the box, before they play a good line to catch Switzerland offside.

Euro 2024: Scotland 1-1 Switzerland

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41 mins

It’s a deep cross in from the McTominay corner, and it reaches Adams at the back post, but he can only direct a tame effort straight at Sommer.

Euro 2024: Scotland 1-1 Switzerland

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40 mins

Ralston’s cross makes it all the way to Robertson on the opposite touchline, but Scotland manage to keep possession. They work it back to Gunn and eventually Tierney launches a brilliant long ball forward to Robertson, which is put behind for a Scotland corner.

Euro 2024: Scotland 1-1 Switzerland

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38 mins

The free-kick is around 30 yards out and it’s McTominay to deliver. It’s a good delivery and it’s headed on by Scotland, but a foul is eventually given.

Euro 2024: Scotland 1-1 Switzerland

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37 mins

Better from Scotland as Gilmour collects in midfield. Scotland retain possession, and Adams ends up winning a free-kick after a tussle with Rodriguez.

Euro 2024: Scotland 1-1 Switzerland

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33 mins

DISALLOWED GOAL! Ndoye gets in to intercept a pass back before it reaches Gunn, and he turns it into the net, but he handled it when trying to control!

Euro 2024: Scotland 1-1 Switzerland

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33 mins

Brilliant from Ndoye – Vargas finds him on the overlapping run into the box, and he cuts back before hitting a good effort that’s heading into the corner, but Gunn does well to save to his left.

Euro 2024: Scotland 1-1 Switzerland

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31 mins

First booking of the evening as Ricardo Rodriguez slides in late on Tierney as Scotland countered.

Euro 2024: Scotland 1-1 Switzerland

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29 mins

So unlucky for Scotland, who’d done well to keep the Swiss at bay so far. They know they can do damage in attack though.

Vargas gets in down the left and tries to pull it back to Ndoye, but it’s intercepted in the box.

GOAL! Scotland 1-1 Switzerland

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26 mins

GOAL! What a finish! The Swiss are level.

Poor from Scotland though, as Ralston tries to play the ball back towards his own goal. His pass is sloppy and it misses his teammates, and it rolls into open space on the edge of the box – Shaqiri has latched on to it and he sweeps a first-time shot over Gunn and into the net. A beautiful lobbed effort.

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Angus Gunn can’t reach Shaqiri’s effort (Getty Images)

Shaqiri celebrates after pulling Switzerland level (Andrew Milligan/PA Wire)

Euro 2024: Scotland 1-0 Switzerland

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24 mins

Schar flies into the back of McTominay as the two challenge for the high ball, and the Scot stays down briefly.

Euro 2024: Scotland 1-0 Switzerland

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22 mins

Switzerland are starting to apply some more pressure now, and they win a corner. Shaqiri delivers, but Scotland defend it well again, before McTominay reads the through ball and cuts it out.

Euro 2024: Scotland 1-0 Switzerland

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20 mins

There’s a brief pause in play as Schar is down, bu he’ll be okay to carry on.

Euro 2024: Scotland 1-0 Switzerland

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15 mins

Poor from Tierney as he miscues the pass back to Gunn and hits it straight out for a Switzerland corner. The ball comes to Rodriguez, but he skews his volley wide.

GOAL! Scotland 1-0 Switzerland

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13 mins

GOAL!! Scotland have the lead!

From McTominay’s header clear, Scotland collect the ball in their half and Gilmour lays it off to Robertson. He drives into the box and lays it off to McGregor, who cuts it back to the onrushing McTominay near the edge of the box – he hits it first time and it’s on target, but a deflection takes it into the top of Sommer’s net!

Scott McTominay shoots at goal (Martin Rickett/PA Wire)

Fabian Schar deflects McTominay’s shot into the goal (AP)

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Euro 2024: Scotland 0-0 Switzerland

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12 mins

Scotland’s turn to needlessly give it away as Hendry hits it straight out for a corner when trying to pass it back to Gunn. Shaqiri swings in the cross, but McTominay heads away.

Euro 2024: Scotland 0-0 Switzerland

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10 mins

Switzerland haven’t created anything in attack yet, and they give it away needlessly near the Scotland box, much to the delight of the fans in navy blue.

Euro 2024: Scotland 0-0 Switzerland

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8 mins

Scotland have opted for quite aggressive pressing, and it almost bears fruit as McGinn wins the ball in the Switzerland half, but McTominay can’t get the right angle on the pass to Adams.

Euro 2024: Scotland 0-0 Switzerland

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6 mins

Schar fouls McGinn near halfway and Scotland retain possession, but the attempted long ball forward goes straight out for a goal kick.

Euro 2024: Scotland 0-0 Switzerland

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2 mins

Scotland win the first corner of the match, and it’s greeted by a huge roar from the Tartan Army.

The delivery is cleared by Freuler, before Robertson’s cross is diverted behind moments later.

KICK-OFF! Scotland 0-0 Switzerland

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KICK-OFF! And we’re underway in Cologne. Scotland get us started in a vital game in Group A.

Scotland vs Switzerland LIVE

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Both sides are lining up, the captains are exchanging the pennants, and we’re less than five minutes from kick-off.

Can Scotland finally launch their Euro 2024 campaign and keep their hopes of making the next round alive?

Or will the Swiss consolidate their position in Group A and put one foot in the last 16?


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Scotland and Switzerland have met 16 times on the international stage, with the first meeting coming as long ago as 1931.

Their first competitive meetings came in a World Cup qualifying campaign in 1957, with Scotland winning both.

The two sides have met at the European Championships once before, with Scotland winning 1-0 at Euro ‘96 thanks to a goal from Ally McCoist!

Overall, Scotland have won eight of the games, with Switzerland winning five and three ending in draws.

Form guide

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Switzerland got off to the perfect start with a 3-1 win against Hungary, in what was an accomplished performance overall.

They dominated the first half and went into the break 2-0 up, and despite faltering and conceding once, they went on to wrap the game up in added time.

They had warmed up for the tournament with a 2-2 draw against Austria and a 4-0 win against Estonia, and they’ll hope for more of the same against a struggling Scotland side.

Form guide

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Scotland come into the match after a humiliating opening game at Euro 2024, when they were battered 5-1 by hosts Germany.

Ryan Porteous was sent off and Scotland completely capitulated, in perhaps the worst performance of the opening games.

Scotland had warmed up with a win against Gibraltar and a 2-2 draw with Finland in their warm-up games, but they’ll need a massive improvement if they’re to earn their first points at this summer’s tournament.

Scotland enter new phase of Euro 2024 as required change becomes clear

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There’s been a great deal of talk around Scotland since the embarrassment of Munich – admirable displays of showing up, taking responsibility, being accountable. There have been meetings, discussions, discussions about meetings; post-match analysis, pre-match analysis, another two press conferences. Five days on from the opening humiliation against hosts Germany and Scotland were starting to struggle finding a new way to say they’d failed to show up on the opening night of Euro 2024. Finally, the captain Andy Robertson announced the time for talking was over. “We need action,” he declared.

As a result of their goal difference taking a battering against Germany, there is jeopardy ahead of facing Switzerland tonight. Steve Clarke’s side require four points from their remaining two games of Group A and will be all but out should they lose in Cologne; at the very least, it would require Scotland to beat Hungary in their final fixture of the group by five or six. It’s as simple as that, while the challenge of lifting the spirits of his players has been one of nuance for Clarke. The Scotland manager has been going around his squad “kicking backsides and giving cuddles” as he assesses what is needed ahead of facing a confident Switzerland team fresh off an impressive win over Hungary.

Read the match preview below.

Scotland enter new phase of Euro 2024 as required change becomes clear

Scotland vs Switzerland team news and confirmed line-ups

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Billy Gilmour and Grant Hanley start for Scotland as Steve Clarke makes two changes from the Germany defeat. Switzerland make one change, and it’s not Breel Embolo. Instead, Xherdan Shaqiri starts in place of Kwadwo Duah.

Scotland XI: Gunn; Hendry, Hanley, Tierney; Ralston, Gilmour, McGregor, Robertson; McGinn, McTominay; Adams

Switzerland XI: Sommer; Schar, Akanji, Rodriguez; Widmer, Xhaka, Freuler, Aebischer; Ndoye, Shaqiri, Vargas

Scotland vs Switzerland: Latest Euro 2024 build-up

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Scotland captain Andy Robertson appeared to hit back at criticism of the Germany defeat by suggesting pundits “couldn’t wait” to talk the team down after qualifying for Euro 2024.

“it is easy to talk about a game of football before or after the game, whatever you want, but it’s not as easy to go out and do it and that’s what we have to focus on. We need action,” he said.

“Obviously there was a lot of talk after the game as well. A lot of people critical and a lot of people probably from the outside couldn’t wait to kind of dip into it.

“That’s fine for them. They get paid to do that and we respect that, but now we have to act, we have to be on the pitch and we have to do a lot better on the pitch and that’s what we are focused on.

“I can set up here for hours and hours and talk about it, but it’s not going to make much difference. We need to be confident that we can perform to our highest level and if we do that then I believe that we can cause any team problems. And we’ve always believed that we’ve shown that in the past, but we need to get back to showing it, that’s for sure.”

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Scotland vs Switzerland: Latest Euro 2024 build-up

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Scotland head coach Steve Clarke on how he reacted to the Germany defeat after returning to the team’s camp.

“Kick a couple of backsides, give some cuddles, make the players understand why the Germany result happened and make sure it doesn’t happen again.

“I’ve spoken to one or two players around the squad whose opinion I value. I had a good chat with a few of them.

“I had a little chat with a lot of them on the training pitch this morning. Tried to put one or two things in their head about things they maybe didn’t do on the pitch.”

Is Scotland vs Switzerland on TV? Channel, time and how to watch tonight

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Scotland must pick themselves up and go again to save their Euro 2024 campaign as Steve Clarke’s side take on Switzerland in Cologne.

The Tartan Army travelled to Germany in their thousands but saw their party come crashing down after a 5-1 defeat to the hosts on the opening night.

Scotland admitted they “let themselves down” on a sorry night, as their goal difference took a hit in the Group A opener. Defeat to Switzerland would leave Scotland requiring a miracle to reach the last 16.

Clarke’s side require four points from their two remaining games, but Switzerland looked strong in their opening victory over Hungary in Group A. Scotland need a response and points on the board.

Here’s everything you need to know.

Is Scotland vs Switzerland on TV? Channel, time and how to watch tonight

Good morning

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Scotland play their second game of Euro 2024 against Switzerland but know their hopes of reaching the last-16 could be over already if they suffer a defeat in Cologne.

A disastrous 5-1 opening defeat to hosts Germany on Friday night saw manager Steve Clarke admit the team had let themselves down but now the talking must be done on the pitch as captain Andy Robertson declared it’s time for action. Scotland believe they owe the Tartan Army, who have once again travelled in their thousands to Cologne, a performance.

But Switzerland are experienced opposition and will be full of confidence after their impressive opening win against Hungary. The Swiss have reached the knockout stages at their last five major tournaments and, led by captain Granit Xhaka, offered a tactical flexibility that could take Scotland by surprise if they are not prepared.

Scotland know four points will be enough to get them through, with a draw still enough to give themselves a chance of progress ahead of the final fixture against Hungary. But a defeat would be another disappointment as Scotland look to give the Tartan Army something to shout about.

Follow all the build-up in today’s live blog.

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