Switzerland vs Italy LIVE! Euro 2024 result, match stream and latest updates today

Switzerland vs Italy LIVE! Euro 2024 result, match stream and latest updates today

Switzerland vs Italy - LIVE!

Defending champions Italy were knocked out of Euro 2024 as Switzerland produced a superb performance to ease into the quarter-finals with a 2-0 win in Berlin. Switzerland impressive in the group-stage, denied top spot in Group A only by a last-gasp Germany equaliser, and they quickly established control in this last-16 match, pinning a dismal Italy back and dominating possession.

It was no surprise, then, when the opening goal came, as Remo Freuler made the run into the box and fired past Gianluigi Donnarumma with the help of a slight deflection. Italy needed a strong response to a dreadful first-half but they instead conceded within 30 seconds of the restart, having kicked off themselves. Nicolo Fagioli gave the ball away and he was ruthlessly punished, with Ruben Vargas curling a stunning finish into the top corner.

The Azzurri twice went close to getting themselves back into it, Fabian Schar heading against his own post and Gianluca Scamacca flicking an effort off the woodwork from close range, but a lacklustre Italian side did not sufficiently improve. Switzerland sealed their place in the quarter-finals of the Euros for just the second time, and they will next face either England or Slovakia.

Switzerland vs Italy latest updates

  • FT: Switzerland ease into quarter-finals

  • GOAL! Vargas doubles advantage

  • GOAL! Freuler puts Switzerland in front

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19:58 , Matt Verri

So, Switzerland the first side through to the quarter-finals at Euro 2024.

They will face England or Slovakia next - will fancy themselves against either after this performance.

More knockout action tonight as hosts Germany take on Denmark, with that match just about to get underway.

You can follow that live here!

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Superb finish!

19:11 , Matt Verri

Not sure it’s the best of the tournament, but it was a lovely strike.

Came inside 30 seconds of the second-half... after Italy kicked off. Doubt that was in the team talk.

FT: Switzerland 2-0 Italy

18:54 , Matt Verri

Switzerland through to the quarter-finals!

Thoroughly deserved, they were the better side by a mile.

Italy... dreadful. The holders have crashed out.

Switzerland 2-0 Italy

18:51 , Matt Verri

90 mins: Two minutes added on!

Fourth official has seen enough too.

Switzerland 2-0 Italy

18:48 , Matt Verri

87 mins: Half-hearted appeals for a penalty from Italy, as the ball bobbles around at the back post. Stergiou it was, but played waved on.

Still painfully slow from Italy.

Switzerland 2-0 Italy

18:46 , Matt Verri

85 mins: Pellegrini from 20 yards out, bit of space but it’s a wild effort. Sliced miles wide.

Italy don’t really have the look of a team that believe they’re going to score twice in five minutes.

Which is fair enough, I don’t believe it either.

Switzerland 2-0 Italy

18:44 , Matt Verri

82 mins: Italy dominating possession, as you’d expect. Creating chances a real problem, though.

They’re just lobbing crosses into the box for now, and Akanji is winning everything.

Switzerland 2-0 Italy

18:41 , Matt Verri

80 mins: Switzerland very nearly away on the break, as Italy push forward.

Duah up against Bastoni, who does really well to poke the ball away from the striker.

Switzerland 2-0 Italy

18:38 , Matt Verri

77 mins: Embolo and Ndoye off for Switzerland, both really impressive again.

Sierro and Duah are on for the final 15 minutes or so.

Switzerland 2-0 Italy

18:35 , Matt Verri

74 mins: Off the post!

Big, big moment. Scamacca should have scored.

Ball in, flicked header falls for Scamacca and he pokes the ball against the woodwork from close range.

Switzerland 2-0 Italy

18:34 , Matt Verri

73 mins: Cristante fires a ball into Retegui, who swivels on the edge of the box and sends a tame shot straight at Sommer.

Italy are at least playing this match in the right part of the pitch now. Small progress.

Switzerland 2-0 Italy

18:30 , Matt Verri

69 mins: Chiesa remains the only apparent hope for Italy. Drives forward on the right, wins his side a corner.

Terrible ball in, sails over everyone. We’ve got 20 minutes to go and it would be something resembling a miracle if Italy aren’t knocked out.

Switzerland 2-0 Italy

18:27 , Matt Verri

66 mins: Another late challenge, this time from Fagioli. Switzerland ticking the minutes away incredibly easily.

Rieder swings the free-kick in, over everyone and straight out for a goal-kick.

Switzerland 2-0 Italy

18:24 , Matt Verri

63 mins: Darmian playing on the left a lot like Trippier. Comes to him out wide, fairly obvious that he’s going to chop onto his right foot and pass back inside.

Chiesa looks like Italy’s best bet, trying to make things happen. Reverse pass through to Scamacca - striker can’t get there.

Switzerland 2-0 Italy

18:20 , Matt Verri

59 mins: Italy’s best hope of getting the ball back is waiting for Switzerland to lose it.

Comfortable Swiss possession, so much time and space. Ndoye then fires an effort wide from a long way out, just what Italy needed.

Switzerland 2-0 Italy

18:18 , Matt Verri

57 mins: A classic effort from Mancini, sliding in to make a needless foul and then stays down claiming he’s injured.

Referee stands over him, waits for him to get up and then shows the yellow card.

Switzerland 2-0 Italy

18:16 , Matt Verri

55 mins: Switzerland back to controlling things, really secure in possession. Italy can’t keep hold of it, Scamacca offering less than nothing.

There is plenty of space out there now, could be more goals in this for Switzerland.

Switzerland 2-0 Italy

18:14 , Matt Verri

53 mins: Italian corner. A bit of pressure at last.

Cleared to the edge of the box, Chiesa tries his luck and the shot is immediately charged down.

Switzerland 2-0 Italy

18:12 , Matt Verri

51 mins: Italy trying to press higher up the pitch, but they are just giving away cheap fouls now. Some very frustrated players out there.

But they very nearly have one back!

Poor ball into the box, Schar loops a header off his own post. Inches away from an Italian goal.

Switzerland 2-0 Italy

18:09 , Matt Verri

49 mins: Almost impressive to concede that soon into a half when you kick off. Shambolic from Italy.

They win a free-kick now in the Swiss half. Need a swift response or this is going to get away from them.

Chiesa... out of play.

GOAL! Switzerland 2-0 Italy | Ruben Vargas 46'

18:07 , Matt Verri


Switzerland score within 30 seconds of the restart... and Italy kicked off.

Vargas from the edge of the box, curls a sensational finish into the top corner.

Back underway!

18:06 , Matt Verri

Up and running again.

Zaccagni on for Italy, replacing El Shaarawy.

Watch: Switzerland take the lead

17:58 , Matt Verri

Italy deep, no pressure on the ball... a pattern throughout the first-half.

A Switzerland goal felt inevitable and it was no surprise when it came. Great run from midfield, Donnarumma left with no chance.

HT: Switzerland 1-0 Italy

17:50 , Matt Verri

That’s half-time.

Switzerland have been superb, they have the lead they deserve. Freuler with the goa

Italy have offered very, very little. Need something drastically different in the second-half or they are going out.

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Switzerland 1-0 Italy

17:48 , Matt Verri

45+1 mins: Reider whips a free-kick towards the near post from a tight angle, Donnarumma has to scramble across.

Gets his fingertips on it, jamming the ball against the post. Just about kept out.

Switzerland 1-0 Italy

17:47 , Matt Verri

45 mins: Schar strides forward, frustrated challenge from El Shaarawy. That was really high - yellow card.

Three minutes added on. Italy need half-time.

Switzerland 1-0 Italy

17:46 , Matt Verri

44 mins: Di Lorenzo back on, so we’ll go for the former.

Switzerland continue to look much the better side on the ball, full of confidence as Italy still sit off.

Switzerland 1-0 Italy

17:44 , Matt Verri

42 mins: Di Lorenzo slips, falls over and the ball rolls past him and out for a Switzerland throw-in.

Comical few seconds, and he stays down. Not sure if that’s embarrassment or pain.

Switzerland 1-0 Italy

17:41 , Matt Verri

39 mins: Italy need to change plans now.

Have sat back, offering basically nothing for most of this first-half. Have to find a way to get on the front foot.

GOAL! Switzerland 1-0 Italy | Remo Freuler 37'

17:39 , Matt Verri


Freuler with a great run into the box, one touch to take the pass in his path and a second to fire a shot into the bottom corner... with the help of a slight deflection.

Switzerland 0-0 Italy

17:37 , Matt Verri

35 mins: Italy content to slow things down and just knock the ball around for now, as they try and turn the momentum.

But they lost it and Switzerland can break, with Barella booked as he trips Rieder.

Switzerland 0-0 Italy

17:33 , Matt Verri

32 mins: Pressure building on Italy, they are being pinned right back in their own box.

That is until Rodriguez decides to take matters into his own hands from 30 yards out. Smashed over the bar.

Switzerland 0-0 Italy

17:30 , Matt Verri

28 mins: Ndoye in space on the right, fires the ball across the face of goal but nobody there in a red shirt.

Switzerland definitely look the more dangerous in attack, they’ll be happy with how the first half an hour or so has gone.

Switzerland 0-0 Italy

17:28 , Matt Verri

27 mins: Chiesa drifts over to the left side and almost an immediate impact.

Shifts inside onto his right foot, curls a low effort towards the far corner and it’s a great block from Akanji to clear. Corner.

Fired to the near post, turned behind for another corner. Take two... Akanji there again.

Switzerland 0-0 Italy

17:26 , Matt Verri

24 mins: Embolo clean through on goal, Donnarumma forced into a big save!

A couple more shots from long distance come in, Italians convinced the offside flag is going to go up.

It doesn’t. Embolo was on. Huge chance for the opening goal.

Switzerland 0-0 Italy

17:24 , Matt Verri

22 mins: Switzerland very patient on the ball - maybe a bit too patient.

Rieder on the edge of the box, tries a very cute pass but there’s no space for it and the ball trickles out for a goal-kick.

Switzerland 0-0 Italy

17:21 , Matt Verri

19 mins: El Shaarawy with nobody up in support, has to go all by himself. Does a really good job, running from deep in his own half to within 25 yards of the Switzerland goal, and wins a free-kick as Xhaka sticks a leg out.

It’s a clever move, dinked over the top and Di Lorenzo scuffs the volley wide.

Offside flag up anyway.

Switzerland 0-0 Italy

17:18 , Matt Verri

17 mins: Much better from Italy, their first attack and it’s a dangerous one.

Cristante played in down the side, low cross is deflected behind for an Italian corner.

Fagioli with the out-swinger, very deep and El Shaarawy’s volley is a weak one.

Switzerland 0-0 Italy

17:17 , Matt Verri

15 mins: Now Xhaka gives Switzerland a scare, taking a seat off the ball.

He’s back up without any treatment, not sure what that was about. It’s very hot, so gives his team-mates a chance to get a drink.

Switzerland 0-0 Italy

17:14 , Matt Verri

13 mins: Italy have made a terrible start to this match, barely had a kick.

Another free-kick coming up for Switzerland, as Di Lorenzo catches Vargas high and late.

Switzerland 0-0 Italy

17:12 , Matt Verri

11 mins: He looks to be holding his thigh as he limps to the touchline. Going to try and carry on.

Italy with ten men as they defend a wide free-kick. Switzerland take it short and it’s a poor ball when it eventually goes into the box.

Switzerland 0-0 Italy

17:11 , Matt Verri

9 mins: Switzerland getting a fair bit of joy down their left, Xhaka drifting over there and Rodriguez getting well forward.

Concern for Italy - Barella has gone down. Last thing they need.

Switzerland 0-0 Italy

17:06 , Matt Verri

5 mins: Freuler launches himself to the ground in the penalty box, Embolo follows his lead seconds later.

Referee couldn’t care less either time.

Switzerland 0-0 Italy

17:05 , Matt Verri

4 mins: Ndoye has started at wing back for Switzerland, who continue to play on the front foot.

They are keen to go long pretty early whenever they get the chance, knowing the pace in behind is there with Embolo.

Switzerland 0-0 Italy

17:03 , Matt Verri

2 mins: Switzerland with a fast start, winning a corner in the opening seconds. Italy immediately under pressure.

Swung into the six-yard box, Italians do well to clear the danger and get up the pitch for the first time.


17:02 , Matt Verri

Underway in Berlin!

16:56 , Matt Verri

Yann Sommer hugging every Italian player in sight. Hope Roy Keane isn’t watching and having his evening ruined.

Players are out into the sunshine - time for the anthems.

Here we go...

16:55 , Matt Verri

Teams are in the tunnel in Berlin.

Italy are the slight favourites in terms of the betting odds, but on performances at Euro 2024 so far, you’d probably have to give Switzerland the edge.

Could be going all the way!

16:49 , Matt Verri

Here’s a stat for you, from BBC Sport.

Of Italy’s last 26 knockout matches at major international tournaments, 15 have gone to extra time. That includes four of their last five.

Get comfortable, it could be a long evening.

Not long now...

16:43 , Matt Verri

Warm-ups coming to an end, kick-off just 15 minutes away.

Reminder that the winner of this match will face either England or Slovakia in the quarter-finals.

It is, on paper at least, the easier side of the draw, with Spain, Portugal, France and Germany all out of the way until the final.

Azzurri back in Berlin!

16:35 , Matt Verri

This is Italy’s first match in Berlin since the 2006 World Cup final.

It went all the way to penalties that night, as Italy edged out France to lift the World Cup trophy for the fourth time.

Fingers crossed everyone keeps their head this evening...

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Italy to deliver again?

16:27 , Matt Verri

Switzerland have only once made it beyond the last-16 at the Euros. That was three years ago, when they were narrowly beaten on penalties by Spain in the quarter-finals.

As for Italy, the defending champions, they have plenty of experience on the big stage.

Only once since 2000 have they failed to make it to at least the quarter-finals. The Azzurri have appeared in three of the last six finals - pretty decent record!


Swiss fans making the noise

16:18 , Matt Verri

It’s another glorious day in Berlin and the Switzerland fans are taking full advantage.

Taking their time on the march to the stadium, streets of Berlin are a sea of red.

I dare say there’s a fair bit of blue around, too...

Both sides forced into changes

16:12 , Matt Verri

Switzerland make just the one change, as Vargas comes into the side for the suspended Widmer.

Looks like that means Rieder could be filling in on the left wing.

For Italy, Mancini as expected replaces Califiori, who is also suspended.

Cristiante is preferred to Jorginho and El Shaaraway is a surprise inclusion in the starting lineup.

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Italy team news

16:02 , Matt Verri

Starting XI: Donnarumma, Di Lorenzo, Mancini, Bastoni, Darmian, Cristante, Fagioli, Barella, Chiesa, Scamacca, El Shaarawy

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

Switzerland team news

15:59 , Matt Verri

Starting XI: Sommer, Schar, Akanji, Rodriguez, Aebischer, Freuler, Xhaka, Rieder, Vargas, Ndoye, Embolo

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

"Going home empty-handed is a terrible feeling"

15:54 , Matt Verri

Fabio Capello has been giving his thoughts ahead of kick-off.

If Italy win this match and England beat Slovakia tomorrow, we’ll have the Capello Derby in the quarter-finals...

Xhaka leads Switzerland charge

15:44 , Matt Verri

Marco Verratti’s decision last September to leave Paris Saint-Germain for Qatari club Al-Arabi immediately spelt the end of his Italy career.

While the defending European champions have been deprived of an elite, all-action midfielder, their opponents in the last 16 have no such problem.

Switzerland captain Granit Xhaka is the heartbeat of a team that is into the knockout stage for a sixth tournament in a row.

The ex-Arsenal man will be pivotal to his side’s chances against Italy, coming off the back of a brilliant season with Bundesliga winners Bayer Leverkusen.

Xhaka is now 31, approaching 130 caps, and only Andres Iniesta and Cristiano Ronaldo have more European Championship man-of-the-match awards since Euro 96.

Read our full preview here!

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Yakin: We don't worry about Italy

15:30 , Matt Verri

Switzerland boss Murat Yakin has urged his side to take confidence from their recent draw with Germany, as he insisted they do not need to fear Italy.

“We can’t say we’re favourites, because we’re facing Italy, but the draw against Germany has given us great confidence,” he said.

“We followed Italy’s match carefully, analysing tactics and strategy, we will delve deeper in these days. We honestly can’t wait. They are unpredictable, but we are prepared. Even from a mental point of view, we have enough quality to survive a match like this.

“In reality we don’t want to worry too much about Italy. In fact I think the opposite is true because things are working well for us.”

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Drama for Italy!

15:15 , Matt Verri

Croatia were heading into the last-16, Italy’s qualification hopes were in the balance...

And then Mattia Zaccagni stepped up in stoppage-time.

His equaliser earned Italy the point they needed, and left Croatia booking an early flight home.

Stage is set!

15:04 , Matt Verri

All eyes on Berlin this evening, for the first last-16 match, before hosts Germany then take on Denmark in Dortmund later tonight.

It’s good to have the Euros back!

Standard Sport prediction

14:57 , Matt Verri

Italy’s struggles in front of goal may be exposed by a well-drilled Switzerland side which should have confidence against the big boys after a result against Germany.

This knockout tie might be a bit of a chess game... expect it to be tight!

Switzerland to win, 1-0.

Italy team news

14:50 , Matt Verri

Italy will be without key defender Riccardo Calafiori, in a significant blow.

The Bologna centre-back has so far carried his impressive Serie A form into the European Championship but two bookings have landed him with an automatic one-game suspension as the knockout phase begins.

Italy have a number of options to replace Calafiori, with Roma’s Gianluca Mancini the most likely candidate ahead of Juventus’ Federico Gatti and Torino defender Alessandro Buongiorno.

Azzurri boss Luciano Spalletti must also decide whether to stick with the 3-5-2 formation used in the last-gasp draw against Croatia, which would also match up with Switzerland’s set-up, or return to the 4-2-3-1 system from earlier in the tournament.

In midfield, Davide Frattesi could be a more forward-thinking option than either Lorenzo Pellegrini or Jorginho. Left-back Federico Dimarco is out with a calf injury.

Predicted Italy XI: Donnarumma; Darmian, Bastoni, Mancini; Chiesa, Frattesi, Jorginho, Barella, Dimarco; Retegui, Zaccagni

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Switzerland team news

14:41 , Matt Verri

Switzerland will be missing Silvan Widmer as they battle Italy in the last 16 at Euro 2024 today.

Mainz right-back Widmer picked up his second booking of the tournament so far in the 1-1 draw against hosts Germany in the finale of Group A last week so will be absent in Berlin.

Leonidas Stergiou of Stuttgart is expected to deputise at right wing-back instead, with the impressive Michel Aebischer on the opposite flank.

Breel Embolo started his first game of the tournament against Germany, having only recently returned from a knee injury, so should start again tonight if fully fit.

Ruben Vargas and Dan Ndoye should complete the front three with Burnley’s Zeki Amdouni coming off the bench.

Predicted Switzerland XI: Sommer; Schar, Akanji, Rodriguez; Stergiou, Xhaka, Freuler, Aebischer; Ndoye, Embolo, Vargas


How to watch Switzerland vs Italy

14:35 , Matt Verri

TV channel: In the UK, today’s game will be televised live and free-to-air on BBC One, with coverage beginning at 4:30pm BST ahead of a 5pm kick-off.

Live stream: Fans can also catch the contest live online for free via the BBC Sport and BBC iPlayer app and website.

Live blog: You can follow all the action right here with us!

Good afternoon!

14:29 , Matt Verri

Euro 2024 is back!

It’s been a long two days without football, but the tournament returns and the knockout stages are here.

Switzerland vs Italy kicks the last-16 off - tough to pick a winner.

We’ll have all the latest updates, build-up and team news ahead of kick-off in Berlin, which comes at 5pm BST.

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