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Spain vs Switzerland Spain beat Switzerland in chaotic penalty shootout to reach Euro

Spain vs Switzerland Spain beat Switzerland in chaotic penalty shootout to reach Euro
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Switzerland vs Spain team news LIVE! Fri, 02 Jul 2021 17:00:00 +0100-It is no wonder Luis Enrique's hair is turning grey at an alarming rate.

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Spain beat Switzerland in chaotic penalty shoot-out to reach Euro 2020 semi-finals

July 02, 2021

7:53PM

It's a cruel end to Switzerland's Euro 2020 campaign given how well they did to survive with 10 men but, compared to their penalties against France, they were erratic from the spot.

Spain were hugely wasteful over 120 minutes and, while they held their nerve, they'll need to sharpen up in front of goal to beat Italy or Belgium in the semi-finals.

Mikel Oyarzabal is mobbed by his teammates after scoring the winning penalty Credit: REUTERS
7:43PM

Oyarzabal steps up and cooly, calmly sends Sommer the wrong way.

Spain go wild. The players pile on top of each other. Enrique punches the air. Switzerland sink down on their haunches. What an end to the game.

7:41PM

Vargas steps up, takes a casual run-up and spoons over the crossbar.

Could that be the end for Switzerland?

7:40PM

It's now 2-1 to Spain, Moreno lifting his penalty into the roof of the net.

7:40PM

What is happening?

Akanji takes a bizarre walk to the spot and, if it was meant to freak out Simon, it doesn't work. He makes another cracking save.

7:39PM

Oh my.

Sommer matches Simon, diving to his left to keep out Rodri.

7:38PM

But wait a minute!

Schar steps up and looks horribly nervous. Simon guesses the right way and pushes his effort wide.

7:37PM

Olmo makes it 1-1, rocketing his penalty into the top corner.

7:36PM

It's 1-0 to Switzerland, with Gavranovic smashing one past Simon.

7:36PM

Busquets tries to stroke his spot kick but, rather than find the far corner, he hits the post.

7:35PM

… and Busquets will take it.

7:35PM

Switzerland have held on with 10 men and, having beaten France on penalties only four days ago, they will fancy their chances.

Having failed to break their opponents down, Spain must feel a small pang of doubt. Can they finally get the better of Sommer, who has frustrated them for the last 120 minutes?

7:31PM

Spain have one last chance, Llorente finding Rodri who heads over the crossbar.

7:31PM

Gavranovic is booked for a tactical foul which means that, should Switzerland make the semi-finals, he'll be suspended.

7:29PM

Enrique is clearly preparing for penalties, hooking teenager Pedri for the more experienced Rodri.

7:28PM

Moreno gets in behind, wiggles and shoots, but Sommer gets down low to stop it.

Whatever happens he's been man of the match, surely.

7:25PM

Spain are throwing everything at Switzerland but they can't find a way through.

From a corner, Busquets gets a downwards header at goal but Sommer is there, impassable, once more. Enrique makes another substitution, bringing on Thiago Alcantara for Pau Torres.

7:23PM

Llorente makes inroads on the right and picks out Olmo but, once again, he fails to score, blasting high and wide.

7:22PM

Olmo gets the ball in the box and pings one on target, but it's straight at Sommer.

Switzerland may be under the cosh, but Spain are running out of time to avoid the anxious prospect of penalties.

7:20PM

Alba gets a cross in to Marcos Llorente and he looks almost certain to score, but Rodriguez gets in to make a vital block.

7:18PM

Switzerland make a rare foray forwards through Mbabu, who tries to draw a foul from Pau Torres.

There'd nothing doing, unfortunately. The Swiss need to relieve the pressure or they're in danger of being overwhelmed here.

7:14PM

… of extra time, with Xhaka stepping in to give a motivational speech to his teammates.

Xhaka rallies the troops Credit: REUTERS
7:09PM

Oyarzabal is the latest Spain player to force a desperate save from Sommer, testing him with a curling effort from distance.

7:08PM

A long ball over the top finds Moreno, who lashes one from five yards out.

Sommer makes an absolutely crucial save. Spain continue to accumulate corners, bombarding the box from every direction.

7:06PM

Spain get a series of corners, squandering several presentable opportunities.

Switzerland make two further changes, Widmer and Zakaria coming off for Kevin Mbabu and Fabian Schar respectively.

7:03PM

Olmo takes a shot from outside the box which hits Moreno and spins narrowly wide.

Sommer was stranded there but, luckily for Switzerland, the deflection sent the ball round the post.

7:01PM

Alba is given time and space on the edge of the area and fizzes a shot on target, forcing Sommer into an improvised, one-handed save.

6:58PM

… and Spain immediately burst forwards.

Alba gets a lovely cross into Moreno from the left, but he can only smash a shot into the advertising boards.

6:57PM

… as Petkovic gives Switzerland a pep talk.

They will need to steel themselves for what could be an exhausting half an hour. Zuber comes off for Christian Fassnacht, while Mikel Oyarzabal is on for Spain in place of Ferran Torres.

6:53PM

Despite pushing and probing, Spain have failed to exploit their one-man advantage.

For the second time this week, these two sides are going to extra time. Switzerland will back themselves in a penalty shoot-out after their heroics against France, but they will have to cling on for another 30 minutes.

6:50PM

… before Laporte is swiftly booked for clattering Gavranovic.

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6:46PM

Koke looks to find Ferran Torres with a ball into the box, but it takes a deflection and trickles through to Sommer instead.

6:42PM

Moreno curls one on target from the edge of the area, but Sommer moves his feet well and makes an easy save.

6:41PM

… with Shaqiri off for Djibril Sow and Seferovic swapping out for Gavranovic.

Sow is certainly a defensively minded change, with Petkovic effectively sacrificing Switzerland's star man for a hard-running, energetic, box-to-box midfielder. The game plan is clearly to battle on to extra time and potentially penalties, which might serve as something of a leveller.

6:36PM

From the ensuing free kick, Moreno gets on the end of Koke's delivery but glances his header wide of the far post.

6:34PM

A game-changing moment, that.

Remo Freuler flies in and catches Moreno late on the shin, inviting referee Michael Oliver to produce a straight red. It was certainly a nasty one but, thankfully, Moreno seems to be okay.

Remo Freuler protests his innocence Credit: REUTERS
6:33PM

Koke gets a cross in from the left which falls to Pau Torres five yards out, but he fails to connect and the ball bounces into Sommer's grateful arms.

6:32PM

Moreno finds Azpilicueta on the overlap and he pings a ball across the face of goal, but nobody gets on the end of it.

Moments later, Olmo gets in behind but Widmer makes an excellent tackle just as he shapes to shoot.

6:30PM

Spain are under pressure now, with Shaqiri and Zuber buzzing menacingly around the box.

Switzerland suddenly look full of confidence. We could be entering upset territory.

6:26PM

Well, well, well.

Laporte and Pau Torres get into a horrible muddle in defence and Shaqiri pounces on the ball, slotting low past Simon to score. Spain didn't seem to be in much danger but, somehow, they've contrived to blow their lead.

Shaqiri celebrates with his teammates Credit: SHUTTERSTOCK
6:24PM

Widmer gets the first caution of the game after catching Busquets slightly late.

Spain move the ball around nicely before Pedri makes a darting run into the area, but Widmer has it covered.

6:21PM

Great save from Simon!

Vargas ducks and weaves his way into the box before picking out Zuber, who lashes a shot at goal from close range. Simon shows fantastic reflexes to push it wide.

Unai Simon makes a diving save to keep out Steven Zuber Credit: REUTERS
6:17PM

Spain win a free kick and Koke floats the ball to Ferran Torres, whose acrobatic effort is deflected wide by Seferovic.

Spain's corner routine goes nowhere. They haven't really found their rhythm since the break, it must be said.

6:13PM

Switzerland win their umpteenth corner and Rodriguez plays it short to Shaqiri, who can't get his cross past the first man.

At their next corner, Zakaria is inches away from atoning for his own goal with a belting header which drifts just wide of the far post. That was much better from the Swiss.

Xherdan Shaqiri (right) looks to dribble past Koke Credit: GETTY IMAGES
6:10PM

Enrique makes another change, bringing on Moreno for Morata.

It was another frustrating showing from the latter, who has been wildly inconsistent at this tournament.

6:08PM

Vargas wins a corner from Sergio Busquets and Shaqiri tries to catch Simon off his line, but can only hit the side netting.

6:07PM

Olmo gets a cross in from the left and finds Koke, but he has to stoop to reach it and glances his header wide.

6:05PM

Alba gives away a corner when he accidentally forces a save from Simon with a misplaced defensive header at the far post.

Akanji gets something on the ball, but can't direct it on target. Switzerland seem to have picked up where they left off in the first half where set pieces are concerned.

6:03PM

Morata scampers forwards and switches the play, finding Olmo charging into the box from the left.

He shoots straight at Sommer, who makes the save. There was an offside in the build-up, regardless.

6:02PM

Olmo immediately sticks one on Vargas, though Switzerland waste their free kick by chipping it straight through to Simon.

6:01PM

… and the second half is about to kick off.

Spain have made one change, with Dani Olmo replacing Sarabia.

5:49PM

Switzerland spend the last five minutes stroking the ball around without really threatening before the half-time whistle goes.

Zakaria's own goal – initially credited to Alba – separates the two sides. There haven't been many quality chances, but Spain seem relatively secure in defence and moderately more incisive in attack.

Switzerland struggled to assert themselves in the first half Credit: REUTERS
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.

Alba's shot deflects off Zakaria and goes in Credit: AFP
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 side 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
7:53PM

It's a cruel end to Switzerland's Euro 2020 campaign given how well they did to survive with 10 men but, compared to their penalties against France, they were erratic from the spot.

Spain were hugely wasteful over 120 minutes and, while they held their nerve, they'll need to sharpen up in front of goal to beat Italy or Belgium in the semi-finals.

Mikel Oyarzabal is mobbed by his teammates after scoring the winning penalty Credit: REUTERS
7:43PM

Oyarzabal steps up and cooly, calmly sends Sommer the wrong way.

Spain go wild. The players pile on top of each other. Enrique punches the air. Switzerland sink down on their haunches. What an end to the game.

7:41PM

Vargas steps up, takes a casual run-up and spoons over the crossbar.

Could that be the end for Switzerland?

7:40PM

It's now 2-1 to Spain, Moreno lifting his penalty into the roof of the net.

7:40PM

What is happening?

Akanji takes a bizarre walk to the spot and, if it was meant to freak out Simon, it doesn't work. He makes another cracking save.

7:39PM

Oh my.

Sommer matches Simon, diving to his left to keep out Rodri.

7:38PM

But wait a minute!

Schar steps up and looks horribly nervous. Simon guesses the right way and pushes his effort wide.

7:37PM

Olmo makes it 1-1, rocketing his penalty into the top corner.

7:36PM

It's 1-0 to Switzerland, with Gavranovic smashing one past Simon.

7:36PM

Busquets tries to stroke his spot kick but, rather than find the far corner, he hits the post.

7:35PM

… and Busquets will take it.

7:35PM

Switzerland have held on with 10 men and, having beaten France on penalties only four days ago, they will fancy their chances.

Having failed to break their opponents down, Spain must feel a small pang of doubt. Can they finally get the better of Sommer, who has frustrated them for the last 120 minutes?

7:31PM

Spain have one last chance, Llorente finding Rodri who heads over the crossbar.

7:31PM

Gavranovic is booked for a tactical foul which means that, should Switzerland make the semi-finals, he'll be suspended.

7:29PM

Enrique is clearly preparing for penalties, hooking teenager Pedri for the more experienced Rodri.

7:28PM

Moreno gets in behind, wiggles and shoots, but Sommer gets down low to stop it.

Whatever happens he's been man of the match, surely.

7:25PM

Spain are throwing everything at Switzerland but they can't find a way through.

From a corner, Busquets gets a downwards header at goal but Sommer is there, impassable, once more. Enrique makes another substitution, bringing on Thiago Alcantara for Pau Torres.

7:23PM

Llorente makes inroads on the right and picks out Olmo but, once again, he fails to score, blasting high and wide.

7:22PM

Olmo gets the ball in the box and pings one on target, but it's straight at Sommer.

Switzerland may be under the cosh, but Spain are running out of time to avoid the anxious prospect of penalties.

7:20PM

Alba gets a cross in to Marcos Llorente and he looks almost certain to score, but Rodriguez gets in to make a vital block.

7:18PM

Switzerland make a rare foray forwards through Mbabu, who tries to draw a foul from Pau Torres.

There'd nothing doing, unfortunately. The Swiss need to relieve the pressure or they're in danger of being overwhelmed here.

7:14PM

… of extra time, with Xhaka stepping in to give a motivational speech to his teammates.

Xhaka rallies the troops Credit: REUTERS
7:09PM

Oyarzabal is the latest Spain player to force a desperate save from Sommer, testing him with a curling effort from distance.

7:08PM

A long ball over the top finds Moreno, who lashes one from five yards out.

Sommer makes an absolutely crucial save. Spain continue to accumulate corners, bombarding the box from every direction.

7:06PM

Spain get a series of corners, squandering several presentable opportunities.

Switzerland make two further changes, Widmer and Zakaria coming off for Kevin Mbabu and Fabian Schar respectively.

7:03PM

Olmo takes a shot from outside the box which hits Moreno and spins narrowly wide.

Sommer was stranded there but, luckily for Switzerland, the deflection sent the ball round the post.

7:01PM

Alba is given time and space on the edge of the area and fizzes a shot on target, forcing Sommer into an improvised, one-handed save.

6:58PM

… and Spain immediately burst forwards.

Alba gets a lovely cross into Moreno from the left, but he can only smash a shot into the advertising boards.

6:57PM

… as Petkovic gives Switzerland a pep talk.

They will need to steel themselves for what could be an exhausting half an hour. Zuber comes off for Christian Fassnacht, while Mikel Oyarzabal is on for Spain in place of Ferran Torres.

6:53PM

Despite pushing and probing, Spain have failed to exploit their one-man advantage.

For the second time this week, these two sides are going to extra time. Switzerland will back themselves in a penalty shoot-out after their heroics against France, but they will have to cling on for another 30 minutes.

6:50PM

… before Laporte is swiftly booked for clattering Gavranovic.


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