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EURO 2024: Switzerland stun defending champions Italy, advance to quarter-finals

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Defending champions Italy were eliminated from Euro 2024 after a dominant Swiss team secured a 2-0 victory in Berlin, advancing to the quarter-finals.

Switzerland, impressive throughout the group stages, narrowly missed topping Group A due to a late German equalizer.

From the start of the match, they controlled possession and pushed a lackluster Italy back.

The breakthrough came when Remo Freuler, making a decisive run, fired past Gianluigi Donnarumma with a slight deflection.

Italy’s attempts to recover after a dismal first half were quickly thwarted as they conceded just 30 seconds into the second half.

Nicolo Fagioli’s error led to Ruben Vargas curling a spectacular shot into the top corner.

Italy had a couple of near-misses, with Fabian Schar heading against his own post and Gianluca Scamacca hitting the woodwork, but they failed to significantly improve their performance.

Switzerland, reaching the quarter-finals for only the second time, will face either England or Slovakia next.

Murat Yakin’s meticulously organized squad outplayed the two-time champions in this Berlin clash, ending an 11-match winless streak against Italy that dated back to 1993.

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