Spain became the first team in the Euro 2020 competition to progress into the Semi-Finals as they beat Switzerland 3-1 on penalties.
Spain’s Jordi Alba helped break the score line, in the eighth minute. The Spaniard made a left footed volley and slotted the ball into the left side of the Swiss goal – but it was deflected in by Swiss, Denis Zakaria.
Xherdan Shaqiri equalised the score line, in the 68th minute, after a mix-up amongst the Spanish defence left the Liverpool player to able to easily slot it into the far post.
Switzerland were to battle it out against Spain in St. Petersburg’s Krestovsky Stadium for their first appearance in the Euros semi-finals.
The Swiss were the first to make an attempt on goal, in the second minute of the match as Shaqiri stole the ball from Sergio Busquets and went alone towards the Spanish goal. However, the attempt was blocked by Spain defender, Aymeric Laporte.
But Spain were the first to break the deadlock with Alba, in the eighth minute. After the Spaniards missed their corner set piece, it was right place, right time for Alba who waited on the edge of the box. With a left footed volley, the ball worked its way through a packed box and it took a deflection of Zakaria on its way into the net.
The Swiss were the first to make a substitution, and an early one, as Ruben Vargas came on to replace Breel Embolo in the 23rd minute.
Switzerland looked to settle themselves back down, after their earlier misfortunes, with a couple of brief chances to threaten the Spanish backline. However, Spain still looked comfortable in possession as they passed the ball around the central area.
At the end of the first half, Spain were the stronger side as the completed the half with 71% of the ball possession – compared to the Swiss’ 29%. Despite having considerably less possession, Switzerland had made more attempts on goal with four shots made, although none were on target. On the other hand, Spain had made three attempts on goal, with two on target.
Spain made their first substitution of the game, after the break, as Dani Olmo came on to replace Pablo Sarabia.
This was followed by another set of substitutions in the 55th minute, for Spain, as Álvaro Morata made way for his fellow Spaniard, Gerard
Zakaria almost gained his redemption for his actions earlier on for the game as the Swiss climbed above Spaniard Ferran Torres and Olmo, in the 56th minute. Rodriguez smashed in a deep cross from the left corner which Zakaria headed goalwards. However, it whizzed by the far post.
Spain’s goalkeeper, Unai Simón, made a great save in the 64th minute as Vargas poked the ball through the legs of César Azpilicueta to Steven Zuber along the left byline and the Swiss player tried to slot it in at the near post. However, Simón was able to dive to the floor to make an important save.
Silvan Widmer became the games first booking, in the 67th minute, after the Swiss international made a slightly late challenge and stepped on the foot of Busquets.
Shaqiri equalised the scoreline in the 68th minute. Laptore and Pau Torres had a bit of a mix up as they tried to clear away the danger and they lost the possession, as a result. The ball bounced into the feet of Remo Freuler and the Swiss picked out Shaqiri in the center of the box, who guided the ball into the bottom far corner.
Freuler was given a straight red card, by Premier League referee Michael Oliver, after he made a made a harsh tackle, with both feet in the air, on Spain’s Gerard. VAR also agreed with Olivers decision.
Switzerland made their second and third substitutions of the game as Djibril Sow and Mario Gavranovic came on to replace Shaqiri and Haris Seferović, respectively, in the 81st minute.
Both Spain and Switzerland made their final substitutions of regular time, in the 92nd minute. Christian Fassnacht came on for Switzerland’s Zuber and Marcos Llorente came on to replace Spain’s Koke.
Laporte became the game’s second booking after he toppled over the back of Switzerland’s Mario Gavranović in the 93rd minute, as the Spaniard attempted to header the ball away.
Full-time: Switzerland 1 v Spain 1
Swiss goalkeeper, Yann Sommer was forced to work as Alba made an attempt on goal from outside the box in the fifth sixth of extra time. As the ball flew through the air, Sommer was able to parry the ball over the crossbar for a Spain corner. However, nothing came from the set piece that followed.
Switzerland made another double substitution, in the 110th minute of extra time, Kevin Mbabu and Fabian Shar came on to replace Widmer and Zakaria, respectively.
Sommer made an amazing save in the 111th minute as Ricardo Rodríguez tried to clear the ball away but it bounced off his shin and landed at the feet of Moreno, who tried to slot it home. Fortunately, the Swiss goalkeeper was able to parry the ball wide of his far post.
Spain made their first substitution of extra time, in the 113rd minute, as Thiago Alcântara came on to replace Pau Torres, in a bid to help their high-pressing efforts in Switzerland’s final third.
In the 129th minute, with a sole minute left of regular extra time, Spain made their final substitution of the match as Rodri came on to replace Pedri.
Despite the lack of time remaining, Gavranovic became the games third booking after he tripped Busquets, in the final added minute of extra time.
End of Extra Time: Switzerland 1 v Spain 1
Spain won the toss, ahead of the penalty shootout and opted to shoot first.
Spain penalties: 3/5
- Sergio Busquets (MISS)
- Dani Olmo (GOAL)
- Rodri (SAVE)
- Gerard Moreno (GOAL)
- Mikel Oyarzabal (GOAL)
Switzerland penalties: 1/4
- Marcos Gavranovis (GOAL)
- Fabian Shar (SAVE)
- Manuel Akanji (SAVE)
- Ruben Vargas (SAVE)
Spain won 3-1 on penalties