Striker Niclas Fuellkrug scored a dramatic stoppage time equaliser as hosts Germany rescued a point after a 1-1 draw with Switzerland on Sunday to seal top spot in Group A and maintain their momentum going into the last-16 of Euro 2024.

Swiss forward Dan Ndoye had threatened to spoil the party with a first half opener, but Germany, who had already sealed a knockout place before kickoff, are now on a seven-game unbeaten run stretching back to November and kept plugging away until the equaliser eventually came through Fuellkrug’s header.

The home side had a goal disallowed and several penalty appeals rejected by Italian referee Daniele Orsato, and it looked to be a frustrating night before Fuellkrug finished one of their 18 attempts at goal in a feverish atmosphere in Frankfurt.

It denied the Swiss what would have been a second win over Germany in 22 competitive matches dating back to 1959, but their passage through to the last-16 is also secure.

Germany top the pool with seven points from their three games, two ahead of Switzerland, while Hungary (three points) must wait to see if they will advance as one of the best third-placed teams following a 1-0 win over eliminated Scotland (one).

“Of course, we would have liked to win the game and to play great football,” Germany captain Ilkay Gundogan said. “But I think you also need games like that during a tournament. And that can also be a real strength for the next games, hopefully.”

Germany thought they had the lead on 17 minutes when Robert Andrich’s shot from 30-yards somehow beat Switzerland goalkeeper Yann Sommer at his near post but the latter’s blushes were spared when the goal was ruled out for a foul by Jamal Musiala.

Instead it was the Swiss who scored just before the half-hour mark. Musiala was bundled off the ball in midfield and when Remo Freuler was found on the left-hand side of the box, his low cross was turned into the roof of the net by Ndoye.

The home side created numerous chances as they camped in the Swiss half, but after Kai Havertz had wasted several, Fuellkrug rose highest to head in David Raum’s cross in the 92nd minute and preserve their unbeaten start to their home championship.

“I think when you see the Germans celebrating, we can be proud of ourselves,” Swiss captain Granit Xhaka told SRF. “It’s not easy against a team like that. Nevertheless, the late equaliser hurts.

“Everyone fought for each other and ran for each other. We have to push ourselves to the limit. Then we can beat anyone. We have taken the first step and are now looking forward to the round of 16.”

Germany coach Julian Nagelsmann picked the same starting XI for the third game in a row, but will be forced into at least one change for the last-16 after Jonathan Tah picked up a second yellow card of the group stages and will be suspended.

Whether Havertz did enough to keep his starting place remans to be seen, with Germany looking more threatening when Fuellkrug came on to score his 13th international goal in 19 caps, only six of which he has started.

Hungary suffers as usual in Euro 2024 win over Scotland, says coach

Hungary do not achieve anything in football without suffering greatly and the last-gasp 1-0 Euro 2024 victory over Scotland on Sunday that kept alive their hopes of reaching the last 16 was no exception, Hungary coach Marco Rossi said.

Hungary snatched a 100th-minute winner with almost the last kick of the game thanks to Kevin Csoboth’s breakaway goal to beat Scotland and put themselves in contention for a last-16 spot.

Rossi’s men must now wait to see whether they advance as one of the four best third-placed finishers.

“We never achieved nothing in the past without big, big suffering,” Rossi said after the Group A match at the Stuttgart Arena. “Today was no different.”

“I’m delighted to have gotten my first win in this competition,” the 59-year-old added.

The game was paused for a lengthy period in the 68th minute after a horrible clash between Scotland goalkeeper Angus Gunn and Barnabas Varga.

Varga — who was carried off on a stretcher — appeared to be knocked out and needed urgent treatment as distressed Hungary players erected blankets around him as a screen.

Rossi called it a confusing situation and said the players were worried because of the time it took for doctors to arrive, adding that Varga would require an operation on his face but that he was out of danger.

“He suffered a facial fracture and will require an operation,” Rossi said. “He is under no risk. If we go through the competition, he won’t be part of the competition.”

Scotland had a strong appeal for a penalty dismissed in the 79th minute when substitute Stuart Armstrong ran on to the ball in the box but fell under contact from Orban. Rossi said he did not see it well from the bench but that kind of kind of contact had been allowed during the tournament.

Scotland also had more possession and controlled large parts of the first half in a game in which Hungary created more chances and deserved to win, Rossi said.

“Scotland had a bit more possession, especially in the first half,” Rossi said. “In the second half it was a more up and down match. We could say that it was an equal match in which we had more chances, they had more possession, but overall, I think it was deserved.”