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European Championship | Group Stage
Jun 15, 2024 at 2pm UK

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Varga (66')
Szalai (69'), Bolla (88')
FT(HT: 0-2)
Duah (12'), Aebischer (45'), Embolo (90+3')
Widmer (5'), Freuler (59'), Yakin (88')

Preview: Hungary vs. Switzerland - prediction, team news, lineups

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Sports Mole previews Saturday's European Championship clash between Hungary and Switzerland, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.
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That second goal right on the stroke of half time could be the killer for Hungary.

Both goals have been impressive in their own way - the first coming after an eye-of-the-needle through-ball from Michel Aebischer and the second tucked firmly into the bottom corner from outside the area by the same player - and Hungary cannot really have any complaints about trailing at the interval.

Marco Rossi's side were tipped as dark horses by a lot of people at this tournament, but they have not shown up so far today, managing only one shot on target in that first half.

It will take a huge turnaround - both on the scoresheet and in terms of performance - for Hungary to get anything out of this game now, and with Germany next up they would then be staring down the barrel of the possibility of a must-win finale against Scotland.

Switzerland, meanwhile, have been very good and are well on course for a victory that would already take them a big step towards the last 16.


Hungary and Switzerland will kick-start their Euro 2024 campaigns with a Group A encounter at the RheinEnergieStadion in Koln on Saturday afternoon.

The two nations are joined in Group A by Scotland and hosts Germany, who secured a thumping 5-1 victory over the Tartan Army in Friday's opening fixture to get the tournament underway in emphatic fashion.

Match preview

After failing to escape from the group stage at Euro 2020, there is plenty of optimism around Hungary heading into Euro 2024, with Marco Rossi's side being tipped by many as one of the dark horses for this summer's tournament.

Hungary have only lost one of their last 14 internationals since the beginning of 2023 and they went unbeaten through Euro 2024 qualifying during this run, winning five and drawing three games out of eight to top their group for the very first time.

Ranked 26th in the world by FIFA, Hungary are now gearing up for their third consecutive European Championship appearance and have made the trip to Germany after cruising to a 3-0 victory at home to Israel in their final warm-up match last weekend.

The Magyars raced into a three-goal lead inside the opening 22 minutes courtesy of an 11th-minute opener from Roland Sallai and a brace from Barnabas Varga, before seeing out a comfortable win, providing Rossi's men with a timely boost after suffering a surprise 2-1 friendly loss to the Republic of Ireland just four days earlier.

Hungary will be keen to make a winning start in Group A of Euro 2024, but they come up against a Switzerland outfit who have won six of the last nine meetings between the two nations.

Saturday's encounter will be just the second time that Hungary and Switzerland have butted heads in a major tournament, with the former winning the previous encounter by a 2-0 scoreline at the 1938 World Cup. The Swiss have since come out on top in their last two international meetings, though, scoring eight goals in the process.

Ranked 19th in the world by FIFA, Switzerland endured a challenging Euro 2024 qualification campaign and battled their way to four wins and five draws from 10 matches to finish second in their group behind Romania.

Their unconvincing campaign subsequently piled pressure on manager Murat Yakin towards the end of last year, but the 49-year-old has kept his job and is preparing for his first Euros as Swiss boss, with a four-game unbeaten run since the turn of the year helping his cause.

In preparation for Euro 2024, Switzerland put Estonia to the sword 4-0 in their first of two warm-up matches, four days before playing out a 1-1 draw with Austria last weekend, with Christoph Baumgartner's early opener cancelled out by Silvan Widmer.

The pressure is on Yakin to steer Switzerland into the knockout rounds and follow in the footsteps of his predecessors, as the Swiss have advanced from the group stage in each of the last five European Championships, and memorably reached the quarter-finals at Euro 2020, a feat they wish to replicate this summer.

Hungary form (all competitions):

Switzerland form (all competitions):

Team News

Hungary captain Dominik Szoboszlai was forced off in the friendly win over Israel with a minor hamstring issue, but his withdrawal was merely for precautionary reasons and the Liverpool midfielder is ready to start on Saturday.

Szoboszlai, who contributed with four goals and four assists in eight Euro 2024 qualifiers, is expected to play in an advanced role alongside Roland Sallai, who is set to earn his 50th cap.

Rossi will likely deploy a 3-4-2-1 formation with Adam Lang, Willi Orban and Attila Szalai all lining up in central defence, protecting experienced goalkeeper Peter Gulacsi.

Loic Nego and Bournemouth's Milos Kerkez are set to operate as wing-backs as Adam Nagy and Andras Schafer link arms in midfield, while Barnabas Varga - who scored 29 goals for Ferencvaros last season - should lead the line.

As for Switzerland, Steven Zuber picked up a knock to his calf in the friendly draw with Austria and was only able to take part in an individual training session earlier this week, making him a doubt for Saturday's contest.

However, Monaco duo Breel Embolo and Denis Zakaria have both shaken off injury issues, the former recovering from a hamstring problem, to take part in team training this week and they could be in a position to make the matchday squad against Hungary.

Star names including captain Granit Xhaka, Manuel Akanji and Xherdan Shaqiri are all expected to start, as is Burnley striker Zeki Amdouni, who has scored seven goals in 15 international appearances.

Thirty-two-year-old Chicago Fire star Shaqiri, who is set to operate just behind Amdouni up front, has scored or assisted 46% of Switzerland's 28 major tournament goals (nine goals and four assists) since the 2014 World Cup.

Hungary possible starting lineup:
Gulacsi; Lang, Orban, Szalai; Nego, A. Nagy, Schafer, Kerkez; Szoboszlai, Sallai; Vargas

Switzerland possible starting lineup:
Sommer; Schar, Akanji, Rodriguez; Widmer, Freuler, Xhaka, Ndoye; Shaqiri, Vargas; Amdouni

We say: Hungary 1-1 Switzerland

Both nations know that victory on Saturday would provide them with a huge boost in their quest to qualify for the knockout rounds, but they may opt to take a pragmatic approach to this contest which could result in a closely-fought battle being played out in Koln.

Hungary will fancy their chances of making the net ripple as they have scored in each of their last 11 internationals, but we expect their experienced Swiss counterparts to claim a share of the spoils from their opening group-stage fixture.

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