Euro 2024: Scotland Keep Qualification Hopes Alive with Draw Against Switzerland

In a crucial Euro 2024 group stage match, Scotland secured a 1-1 draw against Switzerland, keeping their hopes of progressing to the last 16 alive. Former Scotland striker Kris Boyd praised the team’s performance, stating they “did the nation proud” after a much-improved display compared to their opening 5-1 defeat against Germany.

Scotland took an early lead through Scott McTominay’s deflected strike, but Switzerland equalized in the first half through a brilliant finish from veteran Xherdan Shaqiri. Although Scotland had to ride their luck at times, Boyd believed they more than matched their opponents and deserved the point.

“There were questions and criticism after the performance on Friday night and rightly so,” Boyd told Sky Sports News. “Tonight they’ve responded and it’s been more like Scotland, right in their faces. Switzerland are no mugs at this level but they’ve more than matched them and they come away with a draw.”

Scotland manager Steve Clarke insisted that the team’s display was more in line with how they have been performing over the past few years, which is why they qualified for the tournament in the first place.

“That’s what we expected. This is the way we’ve been playing as a team the last three or four years and it’s why we’re here at a major tournament,” Clarke said.

With a win against Hungary on Sunday, Scotland would likely progress to the knockout stages of a major tournament for the first time. The team will be looking to build on this performance and secure their place in the last 16 of Euro 2024.

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