Switzerland VS Spain LIVE Football Match Score July 2/7/2021
“What a match! What an evening of football,” said goalkeeper Yann Sommer after saving Kylian Mbappé’s penalty to win Switzerland’s round of 16 shoot-out against France; their first win at a knockout tournament since the 1938 FIFA World Cup, and the greatest night in Swiss footballing history. Vladimir Petković’s had apologised for his side’s performance after their 3-0 group stage loss to Italy; after their 3-3 draw against Les Bleus in Bucharest, they can do no wrong.
Spain played with fire in the round of 16, letting a 3-1 lead slip against Croatia before finally finishing off Zlatko Dalić’s side in extra time. Luis Enrique’s squad started off the group stage with two draws, but have hit a stride of sorts, becoming the first side to score five goals in back-to-back EURO finals games. Confidence is building, but Sergio Busquets will remember that when Spain last met the Swiss at a final tournament, they lost 1-0 in their 2010 World Cup opener in Durban.
Haris Seferovic scored his second of the match in the 81st minute, though, before Mario Gavranovic netted in the final minute to level the scores, and Switzerland ultimately won penalties when Kylian Mbappe missed his effort, sparking jubilant scenes among the players, staff and supporters.
La Nati have now reached the quarter-finals of the European Championship for the first time in their history, and they have only needed to win one game in normal time, which came against Turkey in their final group fixture, having opened their tournament with a draw with Wales and a defeat to Italy.
Vladimir Petkovic’s team will be in a confident mood following their success over France, but Switzerland have only won one of their last 22 fixtures with Spain, suffering 16 defeats in the process.
A-Team have now only lost one of their last 11 matches in all competitions, though, and a victory on Friday would represent their best ever performance in a major competition, having previously reached the quarter-finals of the World Cup in 1934, 1938 and 1954.