Head to Russia and Saint Petersburg for the launch of the quarter-finals of Euro 2020 this Friday. At the Krestovski Stadium, Switzerland and Spain challenged each other for a place in the semi-finals. The Nati, who created the surprise Monday night by turning the situation against the France team (3-3, 5 tab to 4), wanted to pursue his daydream by leaving the Roja, who remained on a success against the Croatia in extra time (5-3). In addition, the Swiss wanted to put an end to Spanish hegemony, they who had only one victory against this selection in 22 confrontations (16 defeats) … Swiss side, Vladimir Petković kept the same 3-4-3 than against the Blues with one exception since Xhaka, suspended, was replaced by Zakaria. Opposite, Luis Enrique changed two defensive players in his 4-3-3: Pau Torres and Jordi Alba replaced Eric Garcia and José Gaya. Faced with enterprising Spaniards with the ball in their feet, the Swiss retreated too quickly at the start of the game and the nets were already shaking after 8 minutes of play. Koke took a corner which came from the other side on Jordi Alba. The Barça player’s recovery was deflected into his own goal by Zakaria (8th, 0-1). And the Nati lived a nightmare at the start of the game since Embolo, hit in the leg, had to give way to Vargas (23rd). Fortunately for the executioners of the France team, Sommer remained in his match by capturing a nice header on target from Azpilicueta in the area (25th).
Completely embarrassed by the game of their opponents, the Swiss sought to create danger on set pieces, in vain, since Unai Simon did not tremble once. And Spain logically led to the break. When we got back from the locker room, we saw the same match with a big recovery from Dani Olmo (46th). But on the other side, Seferovic and his teammates offered a better face and Zakaria was not far from redeeming himself with a head just off (56th). Torres answered (59th) but it was indeed Switzerland who pushed with a rescue of Unai Simon in front of Zuber (64th). But the Spanish goalkeeper ended up breaking down. After a Spanish misunderstanding, Freuler found Shaqiri who equalized (68th, 1-1). Everything had to be done again for La Roja, who would finish in numerical superiority. Author of an uncontrolled tackle, Freuler saw red (77th). But Spain did not take advantage and both teams had to go through extra time. The first period started well for the Spaniards with big chances from Moreno (92nd) and Jordi Alba (96th). Behind, Sommer made the show by multiplying the parades (101st, 103rd, 118th) while Rodriguez saved his family (110th). It was therefore necessary to go through the penalty shootout and in this game, the Spaniards were stronger (1-1, 3 tab to 1) and thus obtained their ticket for the semi-finals!