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"Switzerland were a great opponent, it was an entertaining game. We did well, tactically... It's important to have players who can score decisive goals coming on as substitutes. We analyse the opponents in order to pick the starting line-up, and then you can bring in different players from the bench." Switzerland vs Germany


"We fought, we ran a lot, but against such an opponent it's difficult. But I'm happy how we played, it was a huge challenge."

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Nagelsmann, speaking after the match, said: "In the end it's a well-deserved point. Of course, on the counter, you take risks and can concede. We did well to come back. We deserved to equalise.

"Switzerland were a great opponent, it was an entertaining game. We did well, tactically... It's important to have players who can score decisive goals coming on as substitutes. We analyse the opponents in order to pick the starting line-up, and then you can bring in different players from the bench."

Speaking goalscorer Niclas Fullkrug, he added: "He scored again – a good goal. He's important for us. We're happy to have that kind of player we can bring on from the bench."

Up next, post-match quotes from the Germany manager, Julian Nagelsmann, after his side qualified top of Group A.

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Germany goalscorer Niclas Fullkrug, speaking to ZDF after the match, said: "It's a great moment for us as a team and can be decisive. It wasn't a knockout game.

"Normally there won't be any easy opponents. But if you want to become European champions, you have to beat the really good ones.

"Denmark, Slovenia and Serbia in particular are always capable of surpassing themselves. But I think we've already shown what we're capable of in the tournament."

Niclas Fullkrug, 31, of Borussia Dortmund, now has seven goals in 13 substitute appearances for Die Mannschaft, including four in six appearances off the bench at major tournaments.

Overall, he has 13 in 19 for his country.

Super-sub. His goal was Germany's 18th and final attempt of the night, by the way.

Germany captain Gundogan continued: "Today was somehow holding our own. In terms of play, it wasn't at the level we're known for. We perhaps also hit the ball forward too early without being prepared.

"Of course we would have liked to have won the game again and worked our magic. But that can build up our strength for the next few weeks.

"In the end, we won the group. Unfortunately, the result often proves you right in football. It was really good for the spirit."

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Germany captain Ilkay Gundogan, speaking to ZDF post-match, said: "Honestly, I don't think it could have gone any better in the end.

"It was a very tough game for us. We had good chances and equalised very late to win the group. We can also benefit from the importance of the equaliser in the next game."

Germany midfielder Toni Kroos, speaking to Magenta Sport after the match, said: "First of all, we're happy to have made it.

"We've shown once again that we can deal with going behind and that we believe in ourselves all the way until the end."

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Hungary striker Barnabas Varga is stable in hospital after being taken from the field on a stretcher during the Euro 2024 game against Scotland.

Varga, 29, challenged for an aerial ball with Scotland goalkeeper Angus Gunn in the second-half as he attempted to connect with Dominik Szoboszlai’s free kick. Gunn punched the ball with his right arm and Varga’s head appeared to collide with the goalkeeper’s trailing left arm.

The game was paused for six minutes while Varga received treatment on the field with screens erected surrounding him before he was taken off the pitch on a stretcher with sheets continuing to be held up.

The Hungarian football federation went on to confirm that Varga had been immediately taken to a local hospital in Stuttgart where his condition was described as stable.

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Barnabas Varga stable in hospital following injury in Hungary win over Scotland

Got to love the emotion of occasions like this.

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And well deserved, too.

Hosts Germany top the group and qualify as Group A winners.

Switzerland progress automatically to the knockouts in second place.

Hungary finish third after that late, late win, and face an anxious wait to see if they will be one of the eight third-placed teams to progress to the last 16.

Scotland finish rock bottom and are out of the tournament.

This was the night Germany’s party almost fell flat.

The Euro 2024 hosts had looked imperious at this tournament, winning both of their opening games, but Switzerland seemed certain to bring that momentum to a halt in Frankfurt as they led 1-0.

But Niclas Fullkrug’s stoppage-time equaliser ensured a point for Julian Nagelsmann’s side and means they progress to the last 16 as group winners.

Below, The Athletic's writers Sebastian Stafford-Bloor, Liam Tharme and Patrick Boyland break down the match.

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Switzerland 1 Germany 1: Fullkrug is the saviour but hosts look vulnerable

And this wasn't the only match with late drama.

Locked at 0-0 between Scotland and Hungary in the other Group A game tonight, at the same time, Scotland were set to finish third and potentially qualify for the knockout stages.

But after a Scotland corner, Hungary counter-attacked and scored late on via Kevin Csoboth, in the 100th minute. A late winner, and Scotland's 1-0 loss has now been confirmed.

Follow live reaction, analysis, quotes and more at The Athletic's live blog here, run by Ed Mackey.

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The anatomy of a stoppage-time equaliser.

It is loud, loud, loud in Frankfurt.

1-1 was probably a fair result, but the noise this stadium made when Niclas Fullkrug's header found the far corner describes how desperate Germany's cause had become.

Ironically, it helps them top the group and stay on the tough side of the draw, but — more than that — it protected a very precious momentum and kept Nagelsmann's team unbeaten.

That probably matters more right now. Spain, England, France; these are problems for next week and beyond.

Ah, they were so, so good tonight, Switzerland.

They were desperately close to the clean sheet and the win, but Germany stunned them late on.

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Yann Sommer couldn't do a thing it. It was so close to being offside but Manuel Akanji, amazing tonight, was just playing him onside.

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