How Spain Beats Switzerland In The epic Euro 2020 clash
The match between Spain and her opponent, Switzerland was a delight to watch. It was an explosive encounter when the two teams locked horns that ended up in a penalty shoots out in an epic Euro 2020 quarter-final tie on Friday evening.
Switzerland went into the game with high hope looking to pull off another giant-killing after she had knocked France out of the competition earlier this week on penalties, and needed to be at their very best once again to beat Spain. Eventually, it was Spain, who carried the day after the impressive game.
How the action took place?
Jordi Alba fired a long-range shot at a goal post and the ball found the net after deflecting off the unfortunate Dennis Zakaria.
Switzerland cancelled the score within 22 minutes remaining after an embarrassing mix-up in defence by the Spanish.
Aymeric Laporte and Pau Torres got in each other’s way and Switzerland capitalized as Xherdan Shaqiri swept the ball past Unai Simon.
Switzerland would have fancied their chances to score a wining goal in normal stoppage time but their momentum was crushed when they were reduced to 10-men.
Remo Freuler controversially received his marching orders after he axed down Gerard Moreno. It was a strong challenge but a red card was awarded.
Spain had 13 minutes to finished the game as a winner but could not find a way past Yann Sommer as the game went into extra time.
Luis Enrique’s side had multiple chances in extra time but they could not find a way past the inspired Switzerland goalkeeper.
Moreno inexplicably missed the target from just six yards, while Sommer made terrific saves to keep out Alba, Moreno and Mikel Oyarzabal.
Spain continued to throw absolutely everything at Switzerland but they just couldn’t find a winner.
The match ended up in a penalty, which went as follows:
1. MISS – Spain 0-0 Switzerland (Sergio Busquets)
2. GOAL – Spain 0-1 Switzerland (Mario Gavranović)
3. GOAL – Spain 1-1 Switzerland (Dani Olmo)
4. MISS – Spain 1-1 Switzerland (Fabian Schär)
5. MISS – Spain 1-1 Switzerland (Rodri)
6. MISS – Spain 1-1 Switzerland (Manuel Akanji)
7. GOAL – Spain 2-1 Switzerland (Gerard Moreno)
8. MISS – Spain 2-1 Switzerland (Ruben Vargas)
9. GOAL – Spain 3-1 Switzerland (Mikel Oyarzabal)
Switzerland gave in her best, but it was Spain who won on penalties and progressed to the semi-finals.
There is the likelihood that Luis Enrique’s side will now play a semi-final clash against either Belgium or Italy.
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