Both teams had amazing 1/8 finals. The Swiss had eliminated the world champion in Bucharest, France, even 10 minutes before the end of the regular time Toys They were losing 1: 3. Vladimir Petkovich’s players managed to draw 3: 3, and then they performed better on penalties. On the other hand, Spain eventually took a 3-1 lead against Croatia, then conceded two goals and had to fight for victory in overtime. Goals from Alvaro Morata and Mikel Oyarzabal ensured Luis Enrique’s 5-3 victory.
Spain started this match as best they could. Already in the eighth minute of the match, Jordi Alba shot from a distance after a corner kick, and Denis Zakaria, who replaced Granit Xhaka, unfortunately blocked the shot so much that it completely confused Jan Sommer and shot into his own net. The Spaniards took the lead, and Zakaria’s goal was already his 10th goal in the tournament.
After that, very little happened on the field. The Swiss tried to attack timidly, but only fired shots from the corners when Akanji and Widmer inaccurately hit their heads. The most important event for Vladimir Petkovic’s team was the injury of Brill Empolo, who was forced to leave the field after 23 minutes of play.
In the second part of the match, Switzerland tried to equalize, although there was no hurricane attack on Unai Simon’s goal. First, Zakaria hit his head a little inaccurately, then Zuber could not defeat the Spanish goalkeeper from an acute angle, and finally, in the 68th minute, Remo Froeller used a nightmarish mistake by the Spanish stoppers, who seized the ball. From the penalty area and passed it to Xherdan Shaqiri, who led with a free kick to the draw.
Just as Freuler was a hero in this situation, after a few minutes he became a counter-champion for his team. Atalanta midfielder brutally attacked Gerard Moreno with two feet in the middle of the field and referee Michael Oliver had no doubts – he showed Froller a red card.
However, no goals were scored, which meant extra time. In it, the Spaniards began to attack and a “duel” with goalkeeper Jan Sommer continued. Gerard Moreno had three great chances, but he missed twice from five metres, and once Sommer saved his shot from the air perfectly. Mikel Oyarzabal also tried to surprise the Swiss with a technical shot from several metres, but here too the Borussia Moenchengladbach goalkeeper showed a superb tackle.
After a team change, Marcos Llorente, Dani Olmo, Sergio Busquets and Gerard Moreno tried to surprise Sommer, but they lacked precision, leading to penalties en route to the semi-finals. It is worth noting that the Spaniards fired 26 shots, including 9 on goal, and the only goal in 120 minutes was scored by Zakaria’s own goal.
The penalty shootout for the Spaniards was shocking news considering their achievements in the Euro Championship so far. From 11 metres, Moreno fouled Poland and Morata fouled Slovakia. And Sergio Busquets missed the first penalty kick with Switzerland. In the third – Rodri entered a few minutes before the end of extra time made a mistake. But the Swiss outnumbered the Spaniards. Shire missed in the second round, Manuel Akanji missed in the third, and Robin Vargas missed a full shot in the fourth. Oyarzabal has used the decisive “from them and will bring his team to the semi-finals of Euro 2020,” Where he will play against the winner of the Belgium-Italy pair (you can follow the live coverage here >>)
Finals 1/4: Switzerland-Spain 1:1 (0:1) K.1:3
Goals: Shaqiri 68′ – Zakaria Sam. 8′
Szwajcaria: Summer – Elvedi, Akanji, Rodriguez – Widmer (101′ Mbabu), Zakaria (101′ Schaer), Freuler, Zuber (90′ Fassnacht) – Shaqiri (81′ Sow) – Seferovic (82′ Gavranović), Embolo (23 Vargas).
Hispania: Simon – Azpilicueta, Laporte, B Torres (113′ Thiago), Alba – Cook (90′ Em Llorente), Busquets, Pedri (119′ Rodri) – Sarabia (46′ Olmo), Morata (54′ J. Moreno) , F. Torres (91′ Oyarzabal).
Yellow cards: Widmer, Gavranovic-Laporte.
Red card: Freuler (68′, Switzerland, for a fatal foul)
Judge: Michael Oliver (England)