Switzerland have been just as cagey as Denmark at times. The difference is La Nati have also generated some excitement going forward, particularly on the break.
Most of said excitement has come courtesy of Xherdan Shaqiri. The Stoke City winger has been a twisting, turning and accelerating menace through three matches.
Shaqiri netted the late winner in the controversial 2-1 victory over Serbia that all-but put the Swiss in the last 16. It was a goal typical of the way he’s played, as the 26-year-old broke at pace on the left before collecting a slide-rule pass with an immaculate first touch, then sweeping a confident finish into the net.
With Shaqiri around, Switzerland have a great chance to upset Sweden in the next round. Fortunately for coach Vladimir Petkovic, there’s more to his squad than the diminutive wing wizard.
Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka lacks for concentration at times, but can pick a pass with the best of them when focused. He doesn’t just have to aim for Shaqiri, not with rapid 21-year-old Breel Embolo on the other flank.
The drawback to this solid group is the absence of a star striker. Haris Seferovic has struggled to take his chances, while Josip Drmic also fails to inspire confidence.