Spain vs Switzerland Spain vs Switzerland final score Mikel Oyarzabal seals penalty
Spain vs. Switzerland: Time, lineups, TV, streams, odds, prediction … Fri, 02 Jul 2021 10:00:00 -0700-After a 1-1 finish in both regulation and extra time, Spain edged out Switzerland 3-1 in penalties and will be heading to the semifinals.
After 120 minutes of play and a penalty shootout, Spain booked their ticket to the semi finals thanks to coming out ahead 3-1 in penalties. The teams finished deadlocked 1-1 after regular and extra time thanks to goals from Jordi Alba and Xherdan Shaqiri.
Spain got off to an early start when Jordi Alba opened the scoring in the 8th minute with a long-range left footed volley off a corner kick. It was eventually awarded as an own goal since it took a deflection on the way in, but it was a fantastic shot from outside the 18 from Alba.
Switzerland spent the rest of the first half trying to find an equalizer, but were unable to even log a shot on target through four shots overall. Spain also dominated possession, as expected, through the first 45 minutes with an overwhelming 71 percent.
The Swiss were able to pull one back thanks to a goal from Xherdan Shaqiri in the 68th minute after some fantastic team build-up into the attacking third. Shaqiri’s goal brought the game level as they searched for another one to jump on top of the Spanish side.
Midfielder Remo Freuler was shown a red card for a reckless tackle on Gerard Moreno nine minutes later, leaving Switzerland to try and defend Spain’s potent attack for the rest of the match with only 10 men on the field.
Despite the advantage, Spain still couldn’t find the game winner in regular time. Both teams headed to 30 minutes of extra time in hopes of avoiding a penalty shootout.
Spain’s attack didn’t let up in extra time, forcing Switzerland keeper Yann Sommer to essentially stand on his head making save after save trying to keep the Spanish side from taking the lead.
After 120 minutes of play, and with Spain peppering the Swiss goal with shots — 27 total and 10 on target — the game was forced into a penalty shootout as neither team could find the game winner in regular or extra time.
Spain will head to take on the winner of Belgium-Italy in the semifinals as it inches closer toward another Euro final.
Spain vs. Switzerland final score: Mikel Oyarzabal seals penalty … Fri, 02 Jul 2021 10:00:00 -0700-Luis Enrique's Spain side enters the Euro 2021 quarterfinal as favorites against a Switzerland team that pulled off the shocker of the Euros by ousting World Cup …
The Spain vs. Switzerland quarterfinal is a matchup of two teams that didn’t look like they could get to this point when they stumbled out of the gates.
But both sides have improved as the tournament progressed and they’re now playing some of the best soccer of the tournament. Spain, ranked No. 6 in the world, will be the favorite to advance, but No. 13 Switzerland is hitting its stride with its best players producing in big spots.
The winner of this match in St. Petersburg, Russia will have another tough semifinal ahead: The Italy vs. Belgium winner will be the next opponent.
How to watch Spain vs. Switzerland
- Date: Friday, July 2
- Time: 12 pm ET
- TV channel: ESPN
- Streaming: fuboTV , ESPN app, PrendeTV
ESPN will carry the match in English. Fans can also stream it on fuboTV with a free 7-day trial. It will be streamed in Spanish on Univision's PrendeTV.
Spain finally solve scoring woes
The early struggles for Spain weren’t necessarily down to poor play. Luis Enrique’s side hasn’t had issues when it comes to creating scoring chances (a tournament-high 10.6 expected goals). It’s finishing them off that has let them down at key moments.
But with two consecutive five-goal outbursts that have featured a number of different goal scorers, the Spaniards showed that they’re not reliant on any one single attacker to carry them. It will still be a relief that starting center forward Alvaro Morata was able to brush off the critics with a spectacular game-winner against Croatia.
Against a Swiss side that has conceded chances — it has the highest “expected goals against” metric of any of the quarterfinalists by a wide margin (7.5) — Spain can expect that its playmakers and runners will find a way through the Swiss defense. What happens in front of goal could be another story.
How did the Swiss make it this far?
Switzerland hadn’t advanced to the quarterfinals of a major competition since 1938 and it finally got over the hump with a shock ouster of pre-tournament favorites France. Down 3-1 with 15 minutes remaining, that Round of 16 matchup looked like another lost cause for the Swiss, until their improbable comeback.
They’ve arrived to this point on the back of timely goals by an underrated attacking front that has finally put it together: Benfica striker Haris Seferovic, Liverpool’s Xherdan Shaqiri and German Bundesliga players Breel Embolo and Steven Zuber.
Captain and midfield general Granit Xhaka, has also been a major contributor with his tidy passing and tactical nous, but he will miss the match due to suspension. Bundesliga all-terrain midfielders Denis Zakaria or Djibril Sow will be his likely replacement, with the latter probably coming closest to matching Xhaka’s skill set.
Spain vs. Switzerland: Starting Lineups
Spain (4-3-3, left to right): 23-Simon — 18-Alba, 4-P. Torres, 24-Laporte, 2-Azpilicueta — 26-Pedri, 5-Busquets, 8-Koke — 22-Sarabia, 7-Morata, 11-F. Torres
Switzerland (5-3-2, left to right): 1-Sommer — 14-Zuber, 13-Rodriguez, 5-Akanji, 4-Elvedi, 3-Widmer — 8-Freuler, 23-Shaqiri, 6-Zakaria — 7-Embolo, 9-Seferovic
Spain vs. Switzerland: Odds & prediction
The Swiss will feel good about their chances to keep it close based on their recent Nations League matches against Spain: a 1-1 home draw and 1-0 loss in Spain. And if not for an 89th minute equalizer, the Swiss would’ve won that home game.
But the personnel for Spain has changed since those 2020 matchups and the squad is different all over the field. Pedri has emerged as a cog in midfield, Pablo Sarabia has become a reliable winger and Aymeric Laporte and Eric Garcia are now the mainstays in central defense.
Although it may very well turn into another tight affair, it’s unlikely the Swiss can spring a second straight surprise without their captain. The sportsbooks are thinking along those lines based on the odds that are out there.
The best play available involves “Spain to score first and win” but the Asian Handicaps are attractive if you believe this will be a multi-goal win for Spain. If the likely outcome materializes and Spain takes the lead, the match should open up and Spain’s goal-scoring opportunities should increase as a result.
Prediction: Spain 3, Switzerland 1
Odds courtesy of DraftKings
- Switzerland to win (90 mins): +480
- Switzerland to advance: +230
- Draw (90 mins): +285
- Spain to win (90 mins): -157
- Spain to advance: -305
- Spain to score first and win the match: -118
- Spain shots on target spread -2.5 (incl. extra time): -125
- Spain -1.25 Asian Handicap: +150
- Spain -1.5 Asian Handicap: +188
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