Euro holders France has been kicked out from the ongoing Euro 2020 by Switzerland, who were fairly dark horses in the game. Switzerland beat France on penalties to advance to the quarter-final against Spain on an evening loaded with dramatization in Bucharest.
Didier Deschamps set up with a three-man defense, however his side tried to adjust to the new formation and wound up behind when Haris Seferović’s header beat Hugo Lloris. The exuberant Kylian Mbappé and Adrien Rabiot bubbled efforts wide but the Nati still held on to their half-time lead.
Kingsley Coman’s introduction at the break actuated a difference in shape for France (Les Bleus), yet it was the change in their fortunes that demonstrated really telling.
Lloris changed the energy, splendidly saving Ricardo Rodríguez’s penalty after Benjamin Pavard’s foul on Steven Zuber, and France exploited.
Mbappé sneaked through Karim Benzema to cut in the equalizer and the Real Madrid forward scored shortly later after Yann Sommer had parried Antoine Griezmann’s shot. France got their third goal through a dazzling twisting strike by Paul Pogba.
Switzerland got one back late through another Seferović header and, exactly when it appeared France had done what’s necessary to edge this last-16 spine chiller, Gavranović rifled an emotional equalizer from fresh to force additional time.
Mbappé rejected the most obvious opportunity with regards to the extra 30 minutes and afterward, after nine fruitful spot kicks in the shoot-out, it was the Paris striker who was denied by Sommer to seal a remarkable night for Vladimir Petković’s Nati.
Karim Benzema scored twice for France in the subsequent half but goals were cancelled by the Swiss after an undying fighting spirit from them.
The tension on Mbappé demonstrated a lot toward the end but the shoot-out wasn’t the main problem for France.
Lloris’ penalty save looked like being the defining moment and, subsequent to scoring three speedy goals, it’s absolutely impossible that the French ought to have permitted the Swiss back into the match.
Switzerland played amazingly and taking off Lenglet at half-time was a confirmation from Deschamps that he got his underlying set-up wrong.
Switzerland win their first historic EURO knockout tie and they do it in unimaginable style, beating the title holders. The Swiss were strong at the back, high rhythm in squeezing and going ahead, baffling the France front three and ready to break the stop.
That penalty miss switched the energy but the response was staggering. Switzerland were simply fantastic against France and, eventually, they were there.
The last time Switzerland were successful in a final tournament knockout phase match before this game was back in the 1938 World Cup.