EURO 2024: Hungary Left Hungry, As Kwadwo Duah Scores in Sweet Swiss Victory

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Switzerland forward of Ghanaian descent, Kwadwo Duah, was on the scoresheet in the Swiss’ opening game of EURO 2024, as they beat Hungary 3-1.

Paired in the same group with the hosts, Germany, this is a good victory for the Swiss, as they may have to battle for second place if they are to make the next round of the competition.

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Given how well Germany have started after their 5-1 thumping of Scotland in the opening game, it will be difficult for any of the other teams in the group to catch them.

Switzerland started the game brightly, taking the lion’s share of the possession in the opening exchanges.

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The Swiss’ pressure paid off when in the twelfth minute, Kwadwo Duah found the net after being put through on goal by Bologna’s Michel Aebischer.

The goal was initially ruled out for offside, but replays showed Kwadwo Duah was well onside; VAR intervened, and the goal was given.

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Kwadwo Duah, who plays for Ludogorets Razgrad in Bulgaria, only made his debut for Switzerland just a few days ago.

This represents a proud moment for the youngster who was born in London to Ghanaian parents but moved to Switzerland at a young age.

Kwadwo Duah is one of 10 players of Ghanaian descent representing European nations at this year’s EUROS.

The others are Benjamin Hendrichs (Germany), Nico Williams (Spain), Kobbie Mainoo (England), Memphis Depay, Brian Brobbey, Jeremie Frimpong, Cody Gakpo (all in the Netherlands squad), Kevin Danso (Austria) and Jeremy Doku (Belgium).

EURO 2024: Hungary Left Hungry, As Kwadwo Duah Scores in Sweet Swiss Victory
Kwadwo Duah was on the scoresheet for Switzerland against Hungary

Kwadwo Duah’s goal was just the lift Switzerland needed as they continued to control proceedings. Hungary appeared to have run out of ideas in the opening exchanges.

The woes of the Hungarians were compounded when they fell 2-0 behind; this time, Michel Aebischer, who assisted the first goal, got Switzerland’s second goal of the game.

The first half ended with the Swiss well on top.

Sensing the difficulty of their task if they allowed Switzerland any more chances in the second half, Hungary upped their game a bit, showing glimpses of what they are made of.

On 66 minutes, they managed to put a chance away after missing quite a few.

The youngest captain of the tournament, Dominik Szoboszlai delivered a pinpoint cross that met the head of Barnabas Varga who beat Yann Sommer in the Switzerland post for the first time in the match.

The goal apparently gave Hungary a lift who fancied their chances of at least snatching a draw.

At this point, the Swiss appeared to have lifted their foot off the paddle, as they struggled to hold on to their 2-1 lead.

After Hungary’s goal, Murat Yakin, the Switzerland coach made changes to his team. Kwadwo Duah was one of the players taken off with Zeki Amdouni replacing him.

In major tournaments like this one, any mistake is swiftly punished.

This was what happened to Hungary, as a poor defensive header in stoppage time allowed substitute, Breel Embolo in on goal.

The youngster calmly slotted the ball over the onrushing Gulácsi to put the game to bed, Switzerland running out 3-1 winners.

Hungary, who, prior to the game had lost just once in 16 matches, were expected to give Switzerland a tough challenge, but it all looked too easy for the Swiss.

It was only in the latter stages of the game that Hungary started to mount a challenge but it was too late.

With Germany and Scotland to come, Hungary face a tough challenge already if they are to make the next stage of the competition.

Switzerland’s next match will be against Scotland, while Hungary take on hosts, Germany. Hungary may well be out of the tournament if they lose their match against Germany.

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