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FRANKFURT: Niclas Fuellkrug’s stoppage-time header salvaged a 1-1 draw with Switzerland in Frankfurt on Sunday and ensured the Euro visitors topped Group A.

The Swiss took an early lead, Dan Ndoye kicking off the home side’s close range in the 28th minute to stun the hosts.

Germany took a late risk in hopes of an equalizer and veteran striker Fuellkrug headed home in the second minute of stoppage time.

The result means Switzerland, rather than Germany, will face a tougher task in the last 16, where they could face holders Italy or 2018 World Cup finalists Croatia.

The Germans look set to face the runners-up in England’s Group C, which is currently Denmark.

Heading into the game, the hosts were optimistic that they had turned the corner after nearly a decade of disappointment at major tournaments, with two World Cup group stage exits bookending their exit from the last 16 of the Euros.

Germany, led by an experienced midfielder with captain Ilkay Gundogan and Toni Kroos, beat both Scotland and Hungary in their first two games at the Euros, giving the hosts hope of success in the tournament.

However, the hosts were caught off guard by Switzerland’s energy and were unable to carve out many clear-cut chances against a stubborn Swiss defence.

Despite Fuellkrug’s late rescue effort, Germany coach Julian Nagelsmann will have plenty to think about after a difficult performance.

Despite already qualifying for the round of 16, Nagelsmann opted to play the same starting eleven for the third game in a row.

It was a decision he may regret as defender Jonathan Tah saw a yellow, his second of the group stage, meaning he will miss Germany’s first knockout game.

Pushed by an upbeat and partisan home pitch, Germany started brightly and created several half chances after playing long balls through the Swiss midfield.

Robert Andrich could have taken the lead in the 16th minute when Yann Sommer easily beat the goalkeeper and hit only the net.

However, the goal was disallowed when VAR determined that Jamal Musiala had committed a foul in the lead.

The Swiss were on the back foot early, but took the lead in the 28th minute, capitalizing on sloppy play from Musial and Joshua Kimmich.

Musiala lost the ball in his own half and sent Switzerland into a break. Kimmich won but then went into possession which allowed Remo Freuler to find Ndoye who stuck out a leg and kicked the ball into the net.

It was the first time the hosts had lost this tournament and the goal seemed to shake Germany, who were increasingly hesitant to close out the first half.

Germany went on the attack in the second half as Nagelsmann made a number of attacking changes, but the home side had few clear-cut chances against a Swiss side that doggedly protected their lead.

Defender Manuel Akanji stretched out to block Kimmich in the penalty area with 20 minutes remaining.

Nagelsmann brought Fuellkrug off the bench after 14 minutes and the Borussia Dortmund forward came on as a substitute, heading in a cross from David Raum to send Germany back to the top of the group.

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