COLOGNE: Scotland kept alive their hopes of reaching the last 16 at Euro 2024 with a 1-1 draw against Switzerland in a gripping Group A game.

Eager to make up for their 5-1 rout by Germany, Scotland were roared on by thousands of fans and made a dream start when Scott McTominay’s on-target 13th-minute shot was turned in by Swiss defender Fabian Schar.

The lead was short-lived, however, as Switzerland, who would have ensured a top-two spot with victory, levelled in spectacular fashion when recalled forward Xherdan Shaqiri curled a brilliant shot into the top corner following a defensive error.

Switzerland twice had goals disallowed after tight offside decisions – one in the first half by Dan Ndoye and late on by substitute Breel Embolo – but Scotland also went close when Grant Hanley headed against the post.

Scotland captain Andy Robertson said: “Much more like us – aggressive on the front foot, couldn’t have got off to a better start. We had our chances, but so did they, it was an open game, two really good teams going at it.

“It was just about getting back to being us. But I thought it was a lot more like us, you can tell by the people behind the goal there. They were a lot happier with what they’ve seen on the pitch, and we’ve also left absolutely everything out there today and that’s what it takes to play for your country.”

Switzerland are second behind group leaders Germany on four points while Scotland are third with one and must beat Hungary in Stuttgart to advance.