Granit Xhaka scored an incredible goal before Switzerland’s implosion (Picture: Getty)Granit Xhaka found the net with a stunning strike for Switzerland before they threw away a three-goal lead in a dramatic Euro 2020 qualifying match with Denmark.
Xhaka is enjoying his most consistent season in an Arsenal shirt following Unai Emery’s arrival in the summer and the midfielder once again displayed his impressive form – this time on the international stage.
Switzerland began their qualification campaign with a convincing 2-0 win away to Georgia at the weekend and got off to the perfect start versus Group D opposition Denmark on Tuesday night.
Remo Freuler put Vladimir Petkovic’s men in front in the 19th minute and Xhaka looked to have wrapped up a comfortable victory with a thunderous strike midway through the second half.
Xhaka, whose confidence levels are clearly sky high, beat Kasper Schmeichel from distance and the Leicester City goalkeeper had no chance.
Not bad for Xhaka’s weaker foot…
Granit Xhaka with a rocket 🚀
What a strike.#SUIDEN #Euro2020 #VMSport pic.twitter.com/BylE1S4Kwf
— Virgin Media Sport (@VMSportIE) March 26, 2019
Breel Embolo extended Switzerland’s lead ten minutes later and Xhaka was substituted in the 79th minute, presumably to be rested.
Switzerland, though, allowed Denmark back into the game and three goals in the final ten minutes secured an incredible 3-3 draw for the away side.
The result means Switzerland and Denmark remain second and third in Group D, with the Republic of Ireland two points clear at the top.
Henrik Dalsgaard’s last-gasp strike rescued a point for Denmark (Picture: Getty)Switzerland manager Petkovic admits his side’s ‘naivety’ allowed Denmark back into the game.
‘We were a little naive when the goals were conceded. We lost some too many contests in the second half and we were punished,’ he said after the final whistle.
‘We started to suffer after their first goal, especially on high balls.
‘With a little more physicality we could have made it.’
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