Euro 2020: France, world champion, bows on penalties against Switzerland
Kylian Mbappe missed the crucial penalty as Switzerland surprised world champions France at Euro 2020 on Monday, winning 5-4 on penalties after their round of 16 game ended in a game exciting 3-3 draw.
Mbappe, the star of France’s 2018 World Cup triumph, saw his penalty kick saved by goalkeeper Yann Sommer as Switzerland won a European Championship knockout match for the very first time and ended up qualifies for a round of 16 against Spain.
Haris Seferovic had put Switzerland ahead in regulation time and a brace from Karim Benzema and a goal from Paul Pogba turned the tide, but another goal from Seferovic and an effort from Mario Gavranovic extended the game in Bucharest.
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Wow. One of the greatest matches in Euro history ends in mind-blowing (well-deserved) glory for Switzerland, utter despair for France … and utter grief for one of the world’s greatest players , poor @KMbappe.
Football eh, BLOODY HELL. #FRASUI
– Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) June 28, 2021
Why has no player from France console Mbappé?
– Matt Law (@Matt_Law_DT) June 28, 2021
France outside. Sommer stops Mbappé. Swiss advance. The greatest day of multi-game football I have ever seen.
– Grant Wahl (@GrantWahl) June 28, 2021
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SPAIN TRIUMPH IN THE EPIC OF EIGHT GOALS
Alvaro Morata and Mikel Oyarzabal scored overtime goals as Spain beat Croatia 5-3 in an epic match in Copenhagen on Monday to secure a spot in the Euro 2020 quarter-finals.
Spain appeared to qualify for the last eight at Parken Stadium in Copenhagen thanks to goals from Pablo Sarabia, Cesar Azpilicueta and Ferran Torres who put Luis Enrique’s side in front 3-1 with 13 minutes to go. regular time.
However, substitute Mislav Orsic struck out a goal following a chaotic run in the 85th minute and then provided the cross from which Mario Pasalic led the level of Croatia in the second minute of the stoppage time for bring the match to the extra half hour.
Spain eventually prevailed – after some scares – in a thrilling contest with a nice finish from striker Morata under fire and Oyarzabal’s breakaway strike giving Luis Enrique’s side the victory as their overall game deserved.
Spain had not won a knockout match in a major tournament since defeating Italy in the Euro 2012 final, but now advance to a quarter-final in St. Petersburg on Friday.
“We have suffered a lot. It’s been a lot of tournaments since we won a knockout match and we managed to do it against the World Cup finalists, ”said Azpilicueta.
Spain should have had a goal clear in the 16th minute when Koke was knocked out by a perfect pass from Pedri, but with the goal at his mercy the Atletico Madrid man could only shoot Dominik directly Livakovic.
Then, three minutes later, Morata, who was selected by Luis Enrique despite poor form in the group stage which led to abuse by Spanish fans of him and his family, saw his face at close range. blocked by Domagoj Vida.
Almost immediately after, disaster hit Spain thanks to home-owning Pedri’s goal, which came after goalkeeper Unai Simon allowed his back pass to bounce off his foot and roll smoothly into the net.
Spain were rocked by the opening goal but quickly recovered to continue to dominate the ball and secured a deserved equalizer seven minutes before the break thanks to enterprising Sarabia, who hit the rebound after the shot from Jose Gaya was well stopped by Livakovic.
The second half started slower, but Croatia continued to offer little and Spain took the lead in the 57th minute thanks to Azpilicueta, who couldn’t miss with his header at close range from the well-stolen cross. by Ferran Torres after an irruption in the region of the impressive Pedri.
And with 13 minutes to go, Torres put Spain in the lead with an elegant finish.
The Manchester City forward read the steal of substitute Pau Torres’ long pass perfectly from near the center line to the edge of Croatia’s surface, and he easily passed Josko Gvardiol before scoring a calm finish.
As the game looked as good as it was over, Orsic rekindled the great Croatian support in the Parken when he returned home following confusion in the Spanish penalty area.
And then, with time running out for Croatia, the stands erupted when Pasalic met his substitute colleague Orsic’s cross to take a game that previously looked dead, in overtime.
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“When you win 3-1 with 10 minutes left, that’s something you have to learn,” said Luis Enrique.
“We don’t have a lot of international experience on the team and maybe these kinds of mistakes are inevitable.” It was Croatia who were initially the most threatening after the recovery, but Morata put Spain back in the lead after nine minutes of extra time when he deftly controlled Dani Olmo’s cross and fired a rocket from a shot ahead. Livakovic.
Oyarzabal then secured Spain’s passage in the quarterfinals three minutes later thanks to another superb cross from Olmo which saw the Real Sociedad player score a finish from close range and end a game for good. exciting.
Originally published under the title “Madness”: World champions go out on a crazy day at Euro