Watch Highlights And Full Match HD: Switzerland vs Spain
Tournament: Euro 2020
Date : 02-July-2021
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Spain see off Swiss in shootout showdown
Mikel Oyarzabal scored the winning penalty that helped Spain to their first victory in the last eight of a European Championship (Euros) since 2012 as they edged past ten-man Switzerland in a nervy quarter-final.
Despite the opposition of the crowd in Saint Petersburg, Spain started the game on the front foot and took the lead after eight minutes. The opener came courtesy of a Denis Zakaria OG – the 10th such goal at the tournament, surpassing all previous European Championships combined (9). Drafted in as a replacement for the suspended Granit Xhaka, Zakaria could only watch as Jordi Alba’s left-footed half-volley struck his leg, before floating past a helpless Yann Sommer.
Playing in their first-ever European Championship quarter-final, Switzerland were largely absent throughout the opening 45 minutes, yet displayed the same grit and determination shown to stun World Champions France in the previous round to get themselves back into the game. Remo Freuler capitalised off a mix-up between centre-back duo Pau Torres and Aymeric Laporte to break into the Spanish penalty area, before squaring to talisman Xherdan Shaqiri who tapped home his third goal of the tournament.
It appeared as if their joy would have been short-lived, after goal-provider Freuler was shown his marching orders following a late tackle on Gerard Moreno 15 minutes from time, yet Spain were unable to break down the red wall of Swiss defenders. Playing in their second period of extra time in five days, Vladimir Petković’s side were able to shake off any tiredness to deny the onslaught of Spanish attacks, with Sommer making a number of crucial saves to send the match to penalties.
Ultimately, it was Spain’s day from the spot, with ‘La Roja’ converting three of their spot kicks to progress to the last four. Mikel Oyarzabal scored the decisive penalty to eliminate the valiant Swiss, as Spain progressed 3-1 on penalties. The three-time winners will now travel to London to face either Belgium or Italy in Tuesday’s semi-final amongst the favourites to go all the way.