Stadion Köln
90' + 3'
EmboloBreel Embolo
VargaBarnabas Varga 
AebischerMichel Aebischer
DuahKwadwo Duah
S. Vinčićwhistle
Stadion Köln

Xhaka pleased with strong start

"It was extremely important to start with a win. We had a very good first half. We were no worse in the second half, but the Hungarians had to do more. We deserved the win. We have a good bench and today we saw once again how important the players who come in are. We need everyone. Kwadwo had a strong first half against Estonia. He was perhaps not so happy with himself when he was substituted. Today he got another chance and took it. He is a great boy, very relaxed. He convinced me and many others and I am glad that he is with us."

Post-match reflections from Szoboszlai

"We were a completely different team in the first half than in the second. There were a lot of mistakes, we can't go into a match thinking that the three points will be given as a gift. We shouldn't be complacent, it's nice to win from here."

Full-time: Hungary 1-3 Switzerland

That'll do it for Switzerland. A game of two halves truly and despite Hungary's huge improvements in the second half, Yakin's well-timed changes made the ultimate difference.
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Embolo seals it!

The perfect substitution from Yakin to seal this game as a route-one approach from Sommer towards Embolo works out perfectly, helped by a Hungary blunder at the back and the Monaco man finishes cooly with a chip past Gulácsi in goal. That is game over.
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Breel Embolo


Breel Embolo
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Nearly a third for Switzerland!

Breel Embolo holds up the ball well to eventually find the onrushing Amdouni in space, who runs beyond even Gulácsi in goal, drifting away from goal, his out-of-control cutback is whacked away by the Hungary defence. Still 2-1.

Fiola halts Amdouni run

Fiola sees a yellow for a challenge from behind on Amdouni, halting a Swiss attack that could have produced the third goal. Swiss boss Yakin sees yellow for his protests as well.

Yellow card


Yellow card




Hungary winning the momentum battle

Hungary look like a different team in this second half and have managed to maintain consistent pressure with their crosses against Switzerland. Can they find the equaliser?

Dribbly Sallai

Sallai toying with the Swiss defence down the left hand side and has been the main supply of Hungary's crosses into the box, he's had a terrific game so far.

Rossi responds

Hungary respond to Switzerland's double change with substitutions of their own, with Hertha midfielder Márton Dárdai and Martin Adam coming on.

Switzerland knocking on Hungary's doorstep

The tie is becoming a lot more end-to-end as the minutes keep ticking, Amdouni and Embolo combining well to nearly create a clear cut chance for Switzerland.

Embolo enters proceedings

Former Die Fohlen forward Breel Embolo enters the fray with Yakin looking to add more firepower against a bolder Hungarian attack.

Another Ndoye effort goes wide

Once again, Xhaka is at the centre of the attack for Switzerland, finding Ndoye expertly with a well-timed through-ball, the Bologna man is unable to make more of it, with his shot only leading to a Swiss corner.

Szalai into the book

Szalai's streak of well-timed challenges and duels won comes to a halt with a poorly timed challenge from the Freiburg defender, rightly sees yellow.

Yellow card


Swiss double change

Swiss boss Yakin looking to respond immediately to conceding with Stuttgart defender Leonidas Stergiou and Burnley forward Zeki Amdouni replacing Duah and Widmer.

Hungary get one back!

Varga makes up for the miss just minutes ago, with Hungary finally capitalising on their momentum, captain Szoboszlai with a superb cross.
Barnabas Varga

Wide from Varga

A huge missed opportunity for Hungary with Varga heading just wide from the post after an excellent cross from Sallai.

Freuler takes one for the team

Szoboszlai on the receiving end of his fair share of fouls, the latest from Remo Freuler drawing a yellow from the referee's book.

Yellow card


Fiola careless with the ball

A poor cross-field pass from Fiola is intercepted quickly by Ndoye, who fails to make too much of the mistake, firing wide from distance.

Sallai drawing fouls

Switzerland committing fouls due to their aggression whilst pressing, with Sallai drawing most of the fire thus far for Hungary.
Fouls committed

Vargas on target

Another excellent Switzerland sequence culminates in a shot on target, with Xhaka attacking the box and playing a well-timed disguised pass to Vargas who fires straight at Gulácsi.

Smooth Swiss

Despite the improved efforts from Rossi's Magyars, Switzerland still looking uber comfortable on the ball, in possession and actively looking for the next goal.

Improving Hungary

Hungary looking a lot better at the start of this second half, looking for the spaces in behind the Swiss defence with early long passes, with Kerkez seeing a lot of the action.

Chance for Duah

Duah testing Gulácsi and forcing a save early on as Switzerland look to start the second half exactly as they did the first.

Ch-ch-changes for Hungary

Hungary replace Adam Lang with Bendeguz Bolla for the start of the second 45.

Half-time: Hungary 0-2 Switzerland

A first 45 of utter dominance from Murat Yakin's Switzerland who have done an exceptional job both on and off the ball and look too good to handle.
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Aebischer gets the second!

Switzerland's patience and pressure pays off once again with Aebischer expertly finding the bottom right of the box from some 25 yards out. Another Swiss player getting his first international goal.
Michel Aebischer

Calm in the chaos

Rossi's Hungary attempting to be a lot more aggressive in their press and put the Swiss defence under pressure, however, it's yielded little in terms of turnovers thus far as the Swiss army knives are cutting through with ease.

Wasted opportunity for Orbán

Szoboszlai with another excellent delivery for Orbán to attack in the Swiss penalty area, but the header is ultimately tame and an easy save for Sommer in goal.

Relentless Swiss army

Some exceptional football on display from Yakin's Swiss army, with Ndoye making a clever run in-behind and with a better final touch in the Hungary box, could have setup Duah. It remains 1-0 with half-time approaching.

Few clear-cut chances

For all of Switzerland's dominance, they've yet to really assert themselves in terms of chances on goal, meanwhile Hungary still await their first shot on target.
Goal attempts
2off target
0on target
2off target
2on target

Hungary hopeful from set-pieces

With Szoboszlai's delivery being a deadly option, Hungary are looking to maximise set-piece opportunities, with the latest sequence being a safe catch for Sommer in the end.

Orbán the bedrock of Hungary's efforts

Hungary hanging on against the ball in their own half with Leipzig leader Willi Orbán their best player so far.
Duels won
Willi Orbán Rubén Vargas

Magyars going man for man

Marco Rossi's side attempting to step up to the Swiss outfielders man for man, but Yakin's side are so far playing comfortably under the pressure.

Xhaka the tempo-setter

Bayer Leverkusen's Granit Xhaka as expected is controlling the proceedings expertly for Switzerland so far on the ball.

Vargas goes close!

Augsburg winger Ruben Vargas couldn't get the better of Gulácsi after suddenly finding himself 1v1 with the Leipzig keeper.

First goal emotions

27-year-old Duah fully embracing the moment getting his first international goal on his debut at a major tournament for Switzerland.

The Swiss want another

Murat Yakin's side not resting on their laurels whatsoever and look keen to double their lead soon. Some sharp attacking combinations so far.

GOAL for Duah!

Kwadwo Duah gets his first international goal after a brief period of waiting for a VAR check, great ball from Aebischer to find the forward who finished with composure.

Kwadwo Duah


Kwadwo Duah

Sallai fires over

A good break for Hungary on the counter, Attila Fiola does well to reach a through ball in behind the Swiss wing backs, finds Sallai just outside the Swiss box who fires his attempt well over the bar.

Compact Hungary testing Swiss patience

The game has settled down a little bit now, with Switzerland seeing the majority of the ball early on against a compact Hungary side well organised by manager Marco Rossi.

Schäfer drives Hungary

Union midfielder Andras Schäfer drives forward in possession from a throw-in, finds Milos Kerkez but the cross is ultimately futile.

Widmer sees yellow

Mainz fullback Silvan Widmer receives the first yellow of the game for a rash tackle just outside the Hungary box.

Intense start to the affair

It has been a cagey opening few minutes with both sides unwilling to give an inch.

Yellow card


The Stage is set

Hungary get us underway!

Drumming up support

The Hungary contingent making their presence felt ahead of kick-off.

Switzerland fans in good spirits

The Switzerland fans adding to an excellent pre-game atmosphere at Stadion Cologne.

The Hungary line-up

Gulácsi - Lang, Szalai, Orban - Fiola, Nagy, Schäfer, Kerkez - Sallai, Szoboszlai, Varga

Inspecting the pitch

The Hungarian players looking sharp and focussed on the task ahead.

Early team news from the Swiss camp

Sommer - Widmer, Akanji, Schär, Rodriguez, Ndoye - Xhaka, Freuler, Aebischer - Vargas, Duah

The Magyar army out in full force in Cologne.


Hungary and ex Leipzig star Dominik Szoboszlai ahead of the clash

"We must use our strengths: team unity and fighting spirit. We have nothing to lose, but we can achieve great things in Germany. I'm not excited yet, but I'll be curious to see how I'll feel when we get to the Cologne stadium on Saturday."

Xhaka goal incoming?

The last time these two sides met in a European qualifier back in 2017, Granit Xhaka got on the scoresheet.

Watch: Xhaka the line-breaker

Granit Xhaka's ability to break opposition lines will be key for Switzerland in this tie, he's done a lot of that over the past season for Bayer Leverkusen.

Watch: The best of Sallai in 2023/24

Relive the best moments of Hungary's Roland Sallai in the Bundesliga with SC Freiburg during the 2023/24 season.

Bundesliga interest

Switzerland have stacks of Bundesliga experience in: Rubén Vargas (Augsburg), Granit Xhaka (Bayer Leverkusen), Gregor Kobel (Borussia Dortmund), Nico Elvedi (Borussia Mönchengladbach), Silvan Widmer (Mainz), Leonidas Stergiou (VfB Stuttgart) and Cédric Zesiger (Wolfsburg). Roland Sallai, Attila Szalai (Freiburg), Márton Dárdai (Hertha Berlin), Péter Gulácsi, Willi Orbán (RB Leipzig) and András Schäfer (Union Berlin) are in the Hungary squad.

Over to Cologne!

Hungary and Switzerland meet in Group A's second fixture, with plenty of Bundesliga players set to be on show in Cologne.


Follow all of the build-up and live action as Hungary take on Switzerland in Cologne at Euro 2024.