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Switzerland Aims to Break 43-Year Curse Against England in Euro 2024


Sat 06 Jul 2024 | 05:29 PM
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 Switzerland is set to face England at the Düsseldorf Arena at 7 PM on Saturday in the quarterfinals of UEFA Euro 2024, hosted by Germany until July 14.

This encounter marks the fourth meeting between England and Switzerland in a major tournament and the third in the European Championship. Historically, England triumphed 2-0 in the 1954 World Cup, 3-0 in Euro 2004, and drew 1-1 in Euro 1996.

Switzerland is determined to break a 43-year winless streak against England. The Three Lions have lost only once to Switzerland in their last 24 encounters across all competitions, with a 2-1 defeat in the World Cup qualifiers in May 1981. Since then, Switzerland has not managed to secure a victory over England.

Under the leadership of Gareth Southgate, England has reached the quarterfinals in all four of their major tournaments, marking the first time they have achieved this feat in four consecutive editions of both the European Championship and the World Cup. England has advanced from two of their four Euro quarterfinal matches, with three of these encounters decided by penalties.

Switzerland has reached the quarterfinals of a major tournament for the fifth time, including both the World Cup and European Championship. This is their second time reaching this stage in the European Championship, following Euro 2020. However, Switzerland has been eliminated at this stage in all four of their previous attempts, the most of any European nation without reaching a semifinal.