Euro 2020 highlights: Switzerland beats France 5-4 in penalty shootout

Switzerland football team. Photo: @Euro2020
Switzerland has knocked the world champions France out of the Euro 2020 as they won their round of 16 match 5-4 in a penalty shootout after the match ended in 3-3 (exra time) tie at the National Arena in Burchest on Tuesday. 

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What a night – or could be said, what a day – of European football. And it all comes to an end with the world champions, who were two goals up with nine minutes to go, being eliminated on penalties by Switzerland. It was an outstanding shoot-out until the very end, when Swiss goalkeeper Sommer saved Mbappe penalty, and the Switzeland fans were estatic in Bucharest. France were dejected, but the Swiss advances to next round, where they face Spain in the quarter-finals on Friday in St Petersburg.

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Croatia came back superbly in the match after going 3-1 down in the second half. But the Croatian side led by captain Luka Modric scored 2 goals in last six minutes of second half to send the match in the extra time. Spain scored two more goals in the first period of extra time to register a place in Euro 2020 quarterfinal.

France vs Switzerland highlights

PENALTY SHOOTOUT: Switzerland 5 | 4 France

Mbappe fails to score: 5-4

Switzerland scores in five out of five of its penalties: 5-4

France scores: 4-4

Switzerland score as goalkeeper almost caught the ball: 4-3

France scores: 3-3

Switzerland scores: 3-2

France converts too: 2-2

Switzerland converts the second penalty: 2-1

France scores: 1-1

Switzerland scores: 1-0

EXTRA TIME: France 3 | 3 Switzerland

Second period of extra time goes goalless

First period of extra time goes goalless

FULL TIME: France 3 | 3 Switzerland

90th minute: Switzerland scores the equalizer

What a great approach to go about it! Gavranovi nicks past Kimpembe with a brilliant piece of skill and then smashes a shot into the bottom corner after a fine pass into him from Xhaka! It's 3-3, and extra time is on the horizon.

81th minute: Switzerland reduces the lead

The ball is played out to Mbabu on the right, who delivers a magnificent cross in, and that man Seferovi rises highest and thumps a header past Lloris for his second of the night.

70h minute: Pogba doubles the lead 

That is outstanding play by the midfielder. Benzema's shot is blocked, but it falls to Pogba, who takes a touch to get the ball out of his feet before curling a beautiful right-footed effort into the top corner. A fantastic way to break a nearly three-year goal drought on the international stage.

59th minute: France takes the lead 

This is a fantastic scene in the play! Griezmann is in the penalty area after quick play from France. He shoots and, despite Sommer's save, the ball loops up for Benzema to nod in. Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo scored two goals in 101 seconds to turn the tie around!

57th minute: France scores the equaliser

What a turnaround in a matter of minutes! It's a goal that's both simple and brilliant at the same time. Mbappe prods the ball through to Benzema, it's behind him but a brilliant first touch opens it up for him and he lifts tha ball over Sommer to score. 

HALF TIME: France 0 | 1 Switzerland

15th minute: Switzerland takes lead 1-0 against World Champions

Seferovi's long-range effort is blocked, but the ball finds its way to Zuber on the left side. He puts in a beautiful cross, and the striker sprints into the box, leaping magnificently to nod past Lloris and put Switzerland ahead in the pre-quarters!

Croatia vs Spain Highlights

FINAL SCORE: Spain 5 | 3 Croatia

EXTRA TIME: Spain 5 | 3 Coatia

103rd: Spain scores again, fifth goal of the match for them.

is doomed!

100th minute: Morata gives Spain 4-3 lead in the extra time

Morata grabs on to a right-wing cross from Olmo that fools Brekalo by swerving over his head and into the far post. The striker takes possession of the ball and then fires his finish into the back of the net.

FULL TIME: Spain 3 | 3 Croatia

90+2nd minute: Croatia levels 3-3 in the stoppage time of second half.

Ori swings in a wonderful cross from the byline on the left flank, catching Spain's centre-backs off guard with a gift of an inswinging pass for Paali, who answers with a thunderous header that leaves Unai Simón no chance.

85th minute: Croatia has pulled back one goal back.

Budimir receives the ball from Brekalo on the right side of the penalty area, and the Osasuna forward cleverly turns to beat Pau Torres, teeing up Modric on the byline to send a low cross into the goalmouth. As Budimir tries to poke the ball over the line, Azpilicueta's frantic clearance strikes Ori and goes in, causing a scramble on the line. 

Spain adds a third goal! Pau Torres lofts a long diagonal pass towards Ferran Torres from around the halfway line on the left, finding his teammate with a large amount of space just outside the penalty area on the opposite side, the bounce of the ball deceiving Gvardiol. The quick-footed livewire races past the defender, leaving his marker stranded as he chests the ball beyond him before taking a touch and blasting past the onrushing Livakovi, who has little chance of stopping the finish. Spain will undoubtedly believe they have qualified for the quarter-finals!

Azpilicueta puts Spain ahead for the first time in the match

Half Time:  Croatia 1 | 1 Spain

38th minute: Spain's Sarabia scores the equaliser in the 38th minute.

Spain equalises due to teamwork and perseverance, which began with swift, precise passing between Koke, Pedri, and Sarabia as they advanced inside the penalty area from the right. Gaya ultimately puts in an angled drive from just outside the danger zone, which Livakovic parries, and Sarabia slams the ball into the net from close range.

Croatia 1 | 0 Spain

26th minute:
Against the run of play Croatia takes lead as Spain scored an own goal.

Spain goalkeeper Unai Simon fails to control a bouncing pass from Sergio Busquets at the centre circle, which bounces past him and into the goal. Those Croatian fans are yelling at the top of their lungs right now at Copenhagan. At the start of play, Spain has been on attack but after the own goal, it is not able to keep the ball.

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