Euro 2024: Switzerland v Italy, last 16 – live

Key events

27 min: A low Federico Chiesa shot on Switzerland’s goal is cut out by Manuel Akanji. From the corner, Freuler puts the ball out for another at the near post. Switzerland clear that one as well, with Akanji doing the honours.

24 min: Breel Embolo is played in behind the Italian defence and with only Donnarumma to beat, has his curled effort saved by the onrushing goalkeeper. The Swiss striker really telegraphed his intentions there and I suspect he may have felt he was offside. Italy’s players certainly thought he was … but replays show otherwise. That has to go down as a really bad miss by Embolo.

22 min: With Switzerland pressing and probing around the edge of the Italian penalty area, Fabian Rieder coughs up cheap possession by overhitting a pass and sending the ball trundling out for a goal;-kick. The Swiss are on top here but just lacking a little bit of cutting edge.

20 min: Showing no ill effects from his earlier injury, Barrella clips a free-kick over the Swiss wall, teeing up Di Lorenzo with a shot from a tight angle. The defender misses the ball and is flagged for offside. He had no need to be and with a better timed run and shot, could have put Italy ahead.

17 min: Switzerland break upfield in a four-on-three but Vargas picks the wrong pass. A promising move ends with Embolo curling the ball harmlessly into Donnarumma’s gloves. Ndoye was in a far better position wide on the right, in acres of space screaming for the ball. I don’t think Vargas saw him.

16 min: Chiesa slips Cristante in behind down the inside right and his cross is put out for a corner. Fagioli’s delivery is deep but Rieder and Schar clear between them.

15 min: There’s another break in play as Granit Xhaka goes down for no apparent reason. There’s something wrong with him but I’m not sure what. He quickly returns to his feet and play resumes.

12 min: Now there are two Swiss players on the deck. Vargas is one of them, having been fouled by Di Lorenzo out by the touchline. The Italian is lucky to escape a booking but already looks resigned to a tough day at the office. Aebischer’s free-kick from out wide is poor and the ball sails into the waiting gloves of Donnarumma.

11 min: Barella soldiers on for now, moments before Vargas gets the better of Di Lorenzo down the left again. He can’t pick out a teammate on this occasion either.

9 min: Nicolo Barrella is on the ground, rolling around in pain after a fairly harmless looking coming-together with Remo Freuler. It looks like he might have pulled his hamstring. He’ll be a huge loss for Italy if he has to go off.

7 min: Michel Aebischer and Vargas exchange passes as Switzerland try to advance down the left flank. All 11 Italian players are back in their own half, lined up in a 4-5-1.

7 min: Stephan El Shaarawy gets on the ball in the Swiss penalty area but has his attempt at a cross towards Gianluca Scamacca is blocked.

6 min: Dan Ndoye is penalised for something-or-other out by the touchline near the halfway line. Italy get a free-kick and chance to enjoy some possession.

5 min: Jinking this way and that, Martin Vargas gets the better of Giovanni Di Lorenzo down the left flank and sends in a beauty of a cross. It’s headed clear.

4 min: Ricardo Rodriguez plays a long pass forward for Remo Freuler to chase down the left. There’s too much pace on the ball and it rolls out of play.

2 min: Nicolo Barrella fells Granit Xhaka with an accidental stray arm and the Swiss win a free-kick just inside their own half.

That won’t have pleased these Swiss fans. Photograph: Clemens Bilan/EPA

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1 min: Switzerland get forward immediately with Breel Embolo on the ball. His attempted cross cannons out for a throw-in and from that, the Swiss win the first corner of the match. Gianluca Mancini heads the delivery into the box clear.

Switzerland v Italy is go …

1 min: With Swiss-born, Italian Fifa president Gianni Infantino looking on from the stands alongside his Uefa counterpart Aleksander Ceferin, Switzerland get the ball rolling.

Not long now: Referee Szymon Marciniak and his team of match officials lead the players of both sides out on to the Berlin Olympiastadion sward for the first of the Euro 2024 knockout games.

The Tour de France started in Italy today, and the gruelling first stage has ended just in the nick of time for Italian and Swiss cycling enthusiasts to switch channels and cheer on their national football team. Neither country produced the winner of today’s stage, in which French legend Romain Bardet triumphed. Anyway, let’s get back to the football …


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Italy head coach Luciano Spalletti watches his players warm up in Berlin. Photograph: Claudio Villa/Getty Images for FIGC
Switzerland goalkeeper Yann Sommer warms up. Photograph: Alex Pantling/UEFA/Getty Images

Fun fact: This is Italy’s first match in this city and stadium since they beat France on penalties in the 2006 World Cup final. It would be no great surprise to see this game decided by spot-kicks too.


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Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma warms up ahead of kick-off. Photograph: Lisi Niesner/Reuters
Murat Yakin, head coach of Switzerland, applauds the fans in Berlin. Photograph: Justin Setterfield/Getty Images
Italy fans pose outside the stadium. Photograph: Mohamed Messara/EPA
Switzerland fans make their presence felt at the Berlin Olympiastadion. Photograph: Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP/Getty Images

Round of 16: match-by-match analysis

The first knockout stage has several intriguing matches, including Spain against Georgia and France v Belgium, writes Jonathan Wilson …

Today’s match officials

  • Referee: Szymon Marciniak

  • Referee’s assistants: Tomasz Listkiewicz and Adam Kupsik

  • Fourth official: Facundo Tello

  • Video assistant referee: Facundo Tello

Polish referee Szymon Marciniak leads today’s team of match officials. Photograph: Silas Schueller/DeFodi Images/REX/Shutterstock

Penalty shootouts

Is anyone’s record worse than England’s? Can any team better Germany’s habit of success? Alex Reid looks at the numbers …

Those teams: Crikey. Luciano Spalletti makes no fewer than six changes to the team that left it late against Croatia. Gianluca Mancini comes in for the suspended Riccardo Calafiori, while there are also starts for Stephan El Shaarawy, Gianluca Scamacca, Federico Chiesa, Nicolo Fagioli, and Bryan Cristante.

There’s only one change to the Swiss side that lined up against Germany last time out. Martin Vargas is in for Silvan Widmar, who joins Calafiori on the Uefa Naughty Step.

Switzerland v Italy line-ups

Switzerland: Sommer, Akanji, Rodriguez, Schar, Freuler, Xhaka, Rieder, Aebischer, Embolo, Vargas, Ndoye.

Subs: Stergiou, Elvedi, Zakaria, Okafor, Steffen, Mvogo, Zuber, Zesiger, Sierro, Duah, Kobel, Shaqiri, Jashari, Amdouni.

Italy: Donnarumma; Di Lorenzo, Mancini, Bastoni, Darmian; Barella, Fagioli, Cristante; Chiesa, Scamacca, El Shaarawy

Subs: Buongiorno, Gatti, Frattesi, Jorginho, Pellegrini, Raspadori, Vicario, Bellanova, Retegui, Zaccagni, Cambiaso, Folorunsho, Meret, Dimarco.


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Italy: While many Italians were relieved to squeeze past Croatia, their national team manager Luciano Spalletti still feels he has more to prove at Euro 2024. Nicky Bandini reports …

Early team news

Mainz right-back Silvan Widmar sits this one out through suspension and Swiss manager Murat Yakin is likely to call on Leonidas Stergiou, who plies his trade with Stuttgart, in his place.

Booked twice during the group stages, Liverpool target Riccardo Calafiori misses out for Italy, with Gianluca Mancini likely to step up in his absence. Left-back Federico Dimarco is out with a calf injury and could be replaced by Matteo Darmian, who featured in all three of Italy’s group games.

Leonidas Stergiou

Round of 16: Switzerland v Italy

Berlin Olympiastadion is the venue for the first of the Round of 16 games between Switzerland and Italy, who meet for the third time since the holders swatted the Swiss aside in the group stages en route to winning the last Euros. Reporting on that match for the Guardian, Jonathan Liew said “this Italy team has been the revelation of the tournament so far” but four years on the current iteration of the Azzurri has been comparatively unimpressive. They have not, however, lost against Switzerland in any of their past 11 meetings in all competitions.

The Swiss emerged from Group A unbeaten but had to settle for second place behind Germany after Niclas Fullkrug’s late equaliser denied them victory against the Euro 2024 hosts. Having drawn twice with Italy in qualification for the last World Cup and largely impressed so far in this tournament, they will fancy their chances of notching a rare victory over Luciano Spalletti’s side today. Kick-off in Berlin is at 5pm (BST) but we’ll have plenty of team news and build-up in the meantime.

Manuel Locatelli celebrates scoring for Italy against Switzerland at Euro 2020 in Rome. Photograph: Valerio Pennicino/Uefa/Getty Images

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