Two outstanding goals from Remo Freuler and Ruben Vargas propelled Switzerland to a stunning victory over defending champions Italy, eliminating them from Euro 2024 in the round of 16. Italy's performance under Luciano Spalletti was lackluster and directionless, culminating in a 2-0 loss. Despite solid Swiss defense, Italy's poor passing and decision-making made their task simpler, frequently losing possession in crucial areas and failing to apply pressure effectively.

The match began slowly in the heat of Berlin, with Switzerland nearly taking the lead in the 24th minute when Breel Embolo was through on goal, but Gianluigi Donnarumma thwarted his effort. This was a foreshadowing of Italy's struggles, as they consistently misplaced passes, often finding Swiss players instead of their own. Stephan El Shaaraway was Italy's lone bright spot, creating a chance in the 26th minute, but his shot was blocked, and he was inexplicably substituted at halftime.

The Swiss, appearing more like champions, scored in the 37th minute through a well-coordinated attack. Michel Aebischer's movement into the midfield created an opportunity for Vargas, whose precise pass led to Freuler's powerful finish, giving Switzerland the lead at halftime. Spalletti's halftime speech failed to inspire Italy, who conceded again within a minute of the restart as Vargas's exquisite shot found the top corner, exposing Italy's lethargic defense.

Switzerland nearly gifted Italy a chance to recover in the 51st minute when Fabian Schaer's header confused his goalkeeper, Yann Sommer, but the ball hit the post and was cleared. As time dwindled, Italy's players seemed overwhelmed by the Swiss defense, resorting to ineffective long-range attempts. The woodwork denied Italy again in the 74th minute, but that was their closest chance, and fans began leaving long before the final whistle, dismayed by their team's lackluster display.

Italian coach Spalletti acknowledged the impact of the early second-half goal and the difference in pace, stating, "That goal at the start of the second half cut our legs, we weren't very incisive." Meanwhile, Swiss midfielder Fabian Rieder celebrated the team's spirit and performance, highlighting their collective effort and desire to win.