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Switzerland vs Spain team news LIVE! Fri, 02 Jul 2021 17:00:00 +0100-It appears that Zakaria has now been credited with the opener, which will come as a disappointment for him and Alba alike.

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Switzerland vs Spain, Euro 2020 live: score and latest updates from first quarter-final

July 02, 2021

5:41PM

Steven Zuber gets in behind and is brought down in the box by Aymeric Laporte but, luckily for Spain, he was miles offside.

5:40PM

Switzerland win yet another corner and Shaqiri gets the ball into the danger area.

It sails over Akanji but finds Elvedi behind him. He heads high and wide from a promising position.

5:38PM

Shaqiri wins the Swiss a second corner in quick succession, but overcooks his delivery.

They need to make more of their set pieces if they really want to make things uncomfortable for Spain.

5:34PM

Switzerland win a corner and Akanji rises highest, but can only balloon a header over the crossbar.

5:32PM

It appears that the opener has now been attributed to Zakaria, which will come as a disappointment for him and Alba alike.

5:26PM

Ferran Torres almost finds Morata with a whipped cross, but Nico Elvedi gets his body in the way to deny him a tap-in.

From the ensuing corner, Cesar Azpilicueta rises above Manuel Akanji and gets a bullet header on target. Sommer does well to make the save.

5:24PM

Seferovic almost gets onto a smart through-ball, but Simon comes off his line to gather.

Embolo can't continue and is withdrawn for Ruben Vargas. That's a blow for Switzerland, who rely heavily on his disruptive pace in attack.

5:20PM

Breel Embolo wins a corner from Pau Torres, but it comes to nothing.

Embolo goes down in the aftermath holding his hamstring. Switzerland will have to hope it's just a knock.

5:17PM

Morata wins a free kick from Zakaria right on the edge of the area.

Koke steps up, but curls one just over the crossbar. It was close enough to give Sommer a scare.

5:11PM

Ferran Torres wins the first corner of the game from Ricardo Rodriguez and, after what initially seems like a harmless, overhit delivery, the ball bobbles to Alba on the edge of the area.

He unleashes a shot which takes a wicked deflection off Zakaria, deceives Sommer and hits the back of the net. The goal is credited to Alba, despite some initial uncertainty.

Jordi Alba (right) embraces Alvaro Morata after scoring the opener Credit: AFP

5:07PM

Zakaria charges forwards and exchanges passes with Switzerland right-back Silvan Widmer, but he can't control the return ball and the move fizzles out.

5:02PM

Switzerland win the ball high up the pitch and Xherdan Shaqiri has the first shot of the match, but it's blocked and loops harmlessly into the arms of Spain goalkeeper Unai Simon.

5:00PM

We're underway in St Petersburg.

4:59PM

… are over and done with, which means the first of the quarter-finals is about to begin.

Can Spain secure their place in the semis? Or will Switzerland defy the odds once again? Let's find out.

The two sides line up before kick off Credit: AFP

4:56PM

… and everyone is looking deadly serious.

There's a lot at stake, so it's little wonder really. Relax, lads, it's only one of the biggest games of your international careers.

4:49PM

That face paint will be an absolute nightmare to wash off but, fair play, nobody can question their commitment.

Switzerland supporters pose for a photo in the stands Credit: REUTERS

4:40PM

… with 20 minutes to go until kick off.

Switzerland players pass the ball between each other Credit: AFP

4:38PM

Enrique has reshuffled his defence, bringing in Jordi Alba for Jose Gaya at left-back and Pau Torres for Eric Garcia at centre-back.

While some expected Gerard Moreno to come back into the starting line-up, Enrique has stuck with Pablo Sarabia and Ferran Torres either side of Morata. Both scored against Croatia, in fairness, so it would have been hard to justify dropping them.

4:22PM

“Alvaro Morata has scored 21 goals in 44 appearances for his country. He has won 14 major trophies in club football. He has played for four of the biggest clubs in the world, and he has been transferred between them for a combined total of more than £170 million. If he finds the net against Switzerland on Friday evening, he will become the highest scorer in Spain's European Championship history…”

And yet, for many Spain fans, he's also a cause of near-constant frustration. If you fancy some pre-match reading, here's Sam Dean on the former Chelsea striker's mixed fortunes at Euro 2020 thus far.

Alvaro Morata heads towards the dressing room Credit: GETTY IMAGES

4:11PM

The Swiss will have to make do without captain Granit Xhaka this evening after he picked up his second booking of the tournament against France. Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder Denis Zakaria will come into the team in his place, with the team otherwise unchanged from the last 16.

Asked about Xhaka's absence before the match, Petkovic said: “A player like Granit, we can miss him a lot, but what I want to see against Spain is that everyone gives a little more – not just to replace him – but also to beat Spain.”

Granit Xhaka has been one of Switzerland's most influential performers at Euro 2020 Credit: AP

3:40PM

After watching them inflict a shock defeat on France earlier this week, Spain manager Luis Enrique has promised not to underestimate Switzerland.

Despite going 3-1 down after a lightning-quick brace from Karim Benzema and an absolute screamer from Paul Pogba, the Swiss levelled the score in the last 10 minutes through Haris Seferovic and Mario Gavranovic. Having survived extra time, they beat the world champions on penalties when goalkeeper Yann Sommer saved Kylian Mbappe's effort.

France were firm favourites to win the tournament and, as such, while Switzerland are underdogs going into tonight's quarter-final in St Petersburg, Spain have no room for complacency. Enrique conceded as much in his pre-match press conference, saying: “They're going to be a very tough team to face. 

“I think for the spectator there might not be some big names, but they're a great group of players.

“They're a match for us in terms of the way they press, the way they attack, so it's going to be very difficult for us.”

Switzerland have beaten Spain just once in 22 meetings between the two nations, a 1-0 win in the group stage at the 2010 World Cup which, in light of La Roja winning the tournament, has understandably been memory-holed. 

Enrique has already presided over one win and a draw against the Swiss in the Uefa Nations League, with Spain triumphing 1-0 in Madrid last October before a 1-1 stalemate in Basel the following month.

Having masterminded the biggest upset of the tournament so far, however, Switzerland boss Vladimir Petkovic has his heart set on the semi-finals. “We need to be hungry again, greedy, to make it to the next round,” he said.

“From this point on I can't say I'm satisfied and happy that we made it so far because, for me, the next step is always the most important.

“We want to succeed and make it to the next round. We know that we have to play against one of the strongest teams, Spain, one of the favourites, but we will try to take our chance and make it to the next round.”

After their chaotic 5-3 win against Croatia in the round of 16, Spain look far from infallible. Whoever wins will face one of Belgium or Italy in the semi-finals, depending on which side prevails at the Allianz Arena later on.

Switzerland boss Vladimir Petkovic celebrates with his players after their win against France Credit: SHUTTERSTOCK

5:41PM

Steven Zuber gets in behind and is brought down in the box by Aymeric Laporte but, luckily for Spain, he was miles offside.

5:40PM

Switzerland win yet another corner and Shaqiri gets the ball into the danger area.

It sails over Akanji but finds Elvedi behind him. He heads high and wide from a promising position.

5:38PM

Shaqiri wins the Swiss a second corner in quick succession, but overcooks his delivery.

They need to make more of their set pieces if they really want to make things uncomfortable for Spain.

5:34PM

Switzerland win a corner and Akanji rises highest, but can only balloon a header over the crossbar.

5:32PM

It appears that the opener has now been attributed to Zakaria, which will come as a disappointment for him and Alba alike.

5:26PM

Ferran Torres almost finds Morata with a whipped cross, but Nico Elvedi gets his body in the way to deny him a tap-in.

From the ensuing corner, Cesar Azpilicueta rises above Manuel Akanji and gets a bullet header on target. Sommer does well to make the save.

5:24PM

Seferovic almost gets onto a smart through-ball, but Simon comes off his line to gather.

Embolo can't continue and is withdrawn for Ruben Vargas. That's a blow for Switzerland, who rely heavily on his disruptive pace in attack.

5:20PM

Breel Embolo wins a corner from Pau Torres, but it comes to nothing.

Embolo goes down in the aftermath holding his hamstring. Switzerland will have to hope it's just a knock.

5:17PM

Morata wins a free kick from Zakaria right on the edge of the area.

Koke steps up, but curls one just over the crossbar. It was close enough to give Sommer a scare.

5:11PM

Ferran Torres wins the first corner of the game from Ricardo Rodriguez and, after what initially seems like a harmless, overhit delivery, the ball bobbles to Alba on the edge of the area.

He unleashes a shot which takes a wicked deflection off Zakaria, deceives Sommer and hits the back of the net. The goal is credited to Alba, despite some initial uncertainty.

Jordi Alba (right) embraces Alvaro Morata after scoring the opener Credit: AFP

5:07PM

Zakaria charges forwards and exchanges passes with Switzerland right-back Silvan Widmer, but he can't control the return ball and the move fizzles out.

5:02PM

Switzerland win the ball high up the pitch and Xherdan Shaqiri has the first shot of the match, but it's blocked and loops harmlessly into the arms of Spain goalkeeper Unai Simon.

5:00PM

We're underway in St Petersburg.

4:59PM

… are over and done with, which means the first of the quarter-finals is about to begin.

Can Spain secure their place in the semis? Or will Switzerland defy the odds once again? Let's find out.

The two sides line up before kick off Credit: AFP

4:56PM

… and everyone is looking deadly serious.

There's a lot at stake, so it's little wonder really. Relax, lads, it's only one of the biggest games of your international careers.

4:49PM

That face paint will be an absolute nightmare to wash off but, fair play, nobody can question their commitment.

Switzerland supporters pose for a photo in the stands Credit: REUTERS

4:40PM

… with 20 minutes to go until kick off.

Switzerland players pass the ball between each other Credit: AFP

4:38PM

Enrique has reshuffled his defence, bringing in Jordi Alba for Jose Gaya at left-back and Pau Torres for Eric Garcia at centre-back.

While some expected Gerard Moreno to come back into the starting line-up, Enrique has stuck with Pablo Sarabia and Ferran Torres either side of Morata. Both scored against Croatia, in fairness, so it would have been hard to justify dropping them.

4:22PM

“Alvaro Morata has scored 21 goals in 44 appearances for his country. He has won 14 major trophies in club football. He has played for four of the biggest clubs in the world, and he has been transferred between them for a combined total of more than £170 million. If he finds the net against Switzerland on Friday evening, he will become the highest scorer in Spain's European Championship history…”

And yet, for many Spain fans, he's also a cause of near-constant frustration. If you fancy some pre-match reading, here's Sam Dean on the former Chelsea striker's mixed fortunes at Euro 2020 thus far.

Alvaro Morata heads towards the dressing room Credit: GETTY IMAGES

4:11PM

The Swiss will have to make do without captain Granit Xhaka this evening after he picked up his second booking of the tournament against France. Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder Denis Zakaria will come into the team in his place, with the team otherwise unchanged from the last 16.

Asked about Xhaka's absence before the match, Petkovic said: “A player like Granit, we can miss him a lot, but what I want to see against Spain is that everyone gives a little more – not just to replace him – but also to beat Spain.”

Granit Xhaka has been one of Switzerland's most influential performers at Euro 2020 Credit: AP

3:40PM

After watching them inflict a shock defeat on France earlier this week, Spain manager Luis Enrique has promised not to underestimate Switzerland.

Despite going 3-1 down after a lightning-quick brace from Karim Benzema and an absolute screamer from Paul Pogba, the Swiss levelled the score in the last 10 minutes through Haris Seferovic and Mario Gavranovic. Having survived extra time, they beat the world champions on penalties when goalkeeper Yann Sommer saved Kylian Mbappe's effort.

France were firm favourites to win the tournament and, as such, while Switzerland are underdogs going into tonight's quarter-final in St Petersburg, Spain have no room for complacency. Enrique conceded as much in his pre-match press conference, saying: “They're going to be a very tough team to face. 

“I think for the spectator there might not be some big names, but they're a great group of players.

“They're a match for us in terms of the way they press, the way they attack, so it's going to be very difficult for us.”

Switzerland have beaten Spain just once in 22 meetings between the two nations, a 1-0 win in the group stage at the 2010 World Cup which, in light of La Roja winning the tournament, has understandably been memory-holed. 

Enrique has already presided over one win and a draw against the Swiss in the Uefa Nations League, with Spain triumphing 1-0 in Madrid last October before a 1-1 stalemate in Basel the following month.

Having masterminded the biggest upset of the tournament so far, however, Switzerland boss Vladimir Petkovic has his heart set on the semi-finals. “We need to be hungry again, greedy, to make it to the next round,” he said.

“From this point on I can't say I'm satisfied and happy that we made it so far because, for me, the next step is always the most important.

“We want to succeed and make it to the next round. We know that we have to play against one of the strongest teams, Spain, one of the favourites, but we will try to take our chance and make it to the next round.”

After their chaotic 5-3 win against Croatia in the round of 16, Spain look far from infallible. Whoever wins will face one of Belgium or Italy in the semi-finals, depending on which side prevails at the Allianz Arena later on.

Switzerland boss Vladimir Petkovic celebrates with his players after their win against France Credit: SHUTTERSTOCK


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