Italy, the Reigning Champion, Seeks to Overcome Slow Start in Euro 2024 Knockout Match Against Switzerland

Reigning Champion, Seeks to Overcome Slow Start (Euro 2024)

On Saturday, reigning champion Italy will face Switzerland in a highly anticipated European Championship knockout match, seeking to extend their dominance over the Swiss and secure a quarterfinal spot.

Italy has a impressive record against Switzerland, with 31 years since their last defeat and only eight losses in 61 meetings. However, Switzerland is unbeaten this year, with their only loss in 2023 coming in their final qualifying match.

Reigning Champion, to face Switzerland at Knockout (Euro 2024)

The match will be played at Berlin’s iconic Olympiastadion, where Italy has fond memories of their 2006 World Cup final victory over France and their 1936 Olympic Games triumph over Austria.

Despite their struggles in Euro 2024, including a narrow win over Albania, a defeat to Spain, and a last-minute draw against Croatia, Italy is determined to regain their momentum.

Switzerland, meanwhile, has had a solid tournament, with a win over Hungary and draws against Scotland and Germany. The two teams have a recent history, having faced each other in World Cup qualifying, with Switzerland finishing top of the group and Italy missing out on qualification.

The match will feature several players familiar with each other, with nine Swiss players having played in Italy’s Serie A, while only one Italian player, Federico Dimarco, has played in Switzerland.

The winner will face either England or Slovakia in the quarterfinals on July 6 in Düsseldorf. With Italy’s experience and Switzerland’s determination, this match promises to be a thrilling encounter.