July 21, 2024

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Volkrug does it again!  With a buffalo punch in the 93rd minute, he ultimately saved Germany’s group win against Switzerland

Volkrug does it again! With a buffalo punch in the 93rd minute, he ultimately saved Germany’s group win against Switzerland



  1. 25′ – Yellow – Dan Ndoye
  2. 28′ – Goal – Dan Ndoye (1 – 0)
  3. 38′ – Yellow – Jonathan Tah
  1. 61′ – Continue. Jonathan Tah by Nico Schlotterbeck
  2. 62′ – Continue. Maximilian Mittelstadt by David Raum
  3. 65′ – Continue. Fabian Reeder by Ruben Vargas
  4. 65′ – Continue. Brill Embolo by Kwadwo Dua
  5. 65′ – Continue. Dan Nadwi Lazki Amdouni
  6. 65′ – Continue. Robert Andrich by Maximilian Pierre
  7. 67′ – Yellow – Xhaka Granite
  8. 76′ – Continue. Florian Wirtz by Leroy Sane
  9. 76′ – Continue. The Beauty of Musiala by Niklas Volkrug
  10. 81′ – Yellow – Sylvain Widmer
  11. 90+2′ – Goal – Niklas Volkrug (1 – 1)

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Then we cry


Then we cry

1 – 0


Niklas Volkrug

1 – 1

Niklas Volkrug


And in the end… yes, Germany did it in the end. After under-performing against Switzerland, the host country was still in danger of missing out on the group win, but in the 93rd minute striker Niklas Volkrug was once again to the rescue. With a header, he scored the equalizer and took the lead in the first set: 1-1.

Switzerland – Germany in brief:

  1. Key moment

    Switzerland came close to achieving victory, 2-0, twice in the final stage. Because Vargas left the field too quickly after a pass from Amdoni, his goal was disallowed for offside and a few minutes later Neuer prevented Xhaka from scoring the decisive goal. A cold shower for the Swiss follows in extra time.

  2. Man of the match

    Niklas Volkrug showed his instincts once again. He was shot down in battle with fifteen minutes to go, but that was all he needed to make a difference. Thanks to his goal in extra time, Germany would qualify for the finals as group winners.

  3. distinct

    Germany finished the group stage with eight goals. This is the last time since the 2006 World Cup, also in Germany, that they scored this many goals in three group matches. It’s not a European Championship record. With 9 goals, this title is still held by France (1984) and the Netherlands (2008).

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Nadoye reveals Germany’s weaknesses

With 6 out of 6, Germany had already secured its ticket to the 1/8 finals, and except for a Scottish miracle spiced with many goals, Switzerland was also certain of the next round. What was still at stake in Frankfurt? The group won.

Germany unsuccessfully appealed for an early penalty after a duel between Schar and Havertz and a few minutes later referee Orsato was not in favor of the Germans again. Sommer was surprised by a long kick from Andrich, but the goal was canceled due to a previous error by Musiala on Aebischer.

In a poor first half with Germany having a lot of possession of the ball, Switzerland suddenly attacked mercilessly after half an hour. Ndoye Tah beat an excellent cross from Freuler and in a short time scored his first goal for La Nati.

Immediately afterwards the Bologna striker almost made it 2-0. He was too quick for Rudiger with an excellent deep pass, but his cross shot went wide. Germany can offer very little in return other than possession.

Volkrug frees Germany in extra time

No Sturm und Drang from Germany at the start of the second half. After a beautiful through ball from Wirtz, Sommer had to respond to a powerful shot from Musiala, who was never able to leave his mark on the game.

Although Germany gently increased its pressure, Switzerland remained on its feet without much difficulty. With just twenty minutes to go, things got heated when Kimmich was brought down from close range. Widmer nipped Pierre’s recovery in the bud. “They ruled incorrectly in Germany, there was no mistake,” Orsato and the VAR said.

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In the final stage, Germany escaped the knockout twice. Vargas had a goal ruled out for offside, while Neuer needed an excellent save on a long shot from Xhaka. In the middle, Havertz’s attempt hit the crossbar from the other side.

It seemed that Switzerland was on its way to a prestigious victory over its big neighbor and winning the group, but everything slipped through their fingers in extra time. The invaders did it for Germany. Raum found Volkrug’s head and led Germany to win the set at the last minute.

“A draw feels like a victory”

  • Granite Xhaka (Switzerland): “If you lose the win in extra time, that is of course very disappointing. We knew it would be very difficult, but we did an excellent job. I’m happy that I was able to help the team today, everyone knows that I always give my all.” We wanted to win this match, but we knew Germany had a very strong team. We had mixed feelings: satisfied with our performance, but also disappointed by the late equalizer. But in the end we have to be happy with one point. “
  • Ilkay Gundogan (Germany): “This draw feels like a victory. With this late equalizer, we can still top the group, which is very important for the momentum and energy in the team. You can also see that in our joy after that goal. But of course this was not the level we wanted to play at.” “This is partly due to the strength of Switzerland. We could have scored a better goal. We had to learn how to deal with these difficulties, a real test. We now have to learn our lessons from this experience. We have confidence, but we also know that there are still things that need to be improved.” .

Stage after stage

In the end, the Germans score! Volkrug heads at 1-1

Füllkrug does it for Germany!

Germany still does it! In overtime jumps to group victory! Substitutes are the ones who do that. Raum finds Volkrug’s head and hits his head unsustainably. Sumer can only watch defeat.

An additional 4 minutes will be added.

Xhaka shows his qualities with a good long shot, but Neuer is also a top player. The German goalkeeper didn’t have to do much tonight, but he made an excellent save.

Great save by Neuer from the ball sent by Xhaka

The ball hits the crossbar through Havertz’s shoulder

Germany escaped with a double deficit, and the Swiss were offside

Germany suddenly approaches an equalizer from a corner kick. Havertz hits the ball with his shoulder and sees his effort end up over the crossbar.

There is no second goal for Switzerland

Vargas suddenly comes up with a single for Neuer and makes it 2-0, but the party doesn’t continue. His goal was rightly disallowed for offside.

Kroos and Sane can’t get the ball

Sommer fires the ball wide from Kroos’ free kick. Sane can hit the drop ball, but his shot misses the right direction.

Comment to Widmer

Widmer drags Raum down and receives a yellow card. This immediately means that he will have to watch on pause during the 1/8 finals.

Time is slowly running out for Germany. Can Sane and Volkrug make a difference? They join Musiala and Wirtz in the squad.