European Under-21 Championship: Shaqiri stunner sees Switzerland beat Denmark as Belarus leave it late against Iceland

The tournament hosts fall to defeat on the opening day of the tournament after the Basel star's solo effort while goals from Andrei Voronkov and Maksim Skavysh won it for Belarus
Group A

Belarus 2-0 Iceland

Belarus struck two late goals to claim a 2-0 victory against Iceland to move top of Group A in the opening match of the 2011 European Under-21 Championship. The game was scoreless until the 77th minute, when Andrei Voronkov converted a penalty after Aron Gunnarsson was sent off for a foul inside the box.

Substitute Maksim Skavysh sealed the points for the Belarusians in the 87th minute, who now take an early lead in Group A on goal difference. Iceland, meanwhile, sink to last place in the group and face a crucial clash against Switzerland in the second group game on Tuesday.

Denmark 0-1 Switzerland

Hosts Denmark made an unsuccessful start to their European Uunder-21 Championship campaign with a 1-0 reverse against Switzerland. Xherdan Shaqiri’s wonderful solo goal four minutes into the second half was enough for the Swiss to claim all three points from the encounter.

The Basel star picked up a pass from Innocent Emeghara outside the box and carved his way past four defenders before slotting his shot into the far corner.

The Danes had a late injury time goal disallowed when Billie Nielsen latched onto a through ball and rifled his shot past Yann Sommer, but he was adjudged to have been offside, much to the dismay of the striker and the home fans.

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