Euro 2008: Switzerland Could Have Performed Much Better

Ben WeixlmannSenior Writer IJune 11, 2008

A touch here, a touch there. That is the story for the Swiss soccer team at Euro 2008. After an unfortunate loss to the Czechs in their first game, they lost tonight against Turkey 2-1 in stoppage time.

After losing top player Alexander Frei for the entire Euro 2008 campaign, the Swiss knew it would be an uphill climb to advance past the group stage, but now that plan is completely foiled as they were eliminated with today's loss.

With the red and white of Switzerland all over the stadium, the Swiss found reason to cheer as they scored first. However, the Turks would fire back with a goal of their own to knot the score up at one a piece.

Two minutes into stoppage time, Arda Turan found the back of the net to send the host Swiss packing.

Euro hosts have not gone out before the final four since Belgium made an early exit in 2000.

However, this match now opens up the door for Turkey to creep into the second round. They must defeat the Czechs, who lost 3-1 to a very talented Portuguese team in other action today.

In a group designed for Portugal's dominance, the final team to get in may put in a scare for an opponent down the road.

Portugal and their star Cristiano Ronaldo will be quarterfinal-bound in their search for a Euro title.