Switzerland beat France, qualify for Euro 2020 Q-final [updated]
The Switzerland national team defeated their French counterparts 5-4 in penalty shoot-out to qualify for Euro 2020 quarter-final.
The match ended a thrilling 3-3 at full time paving the way a penalty shoot-out.
Match in brief
Didier Deschamps set up with a three-man defence but his side struggled to adapt to the unfamiliar formation and found themselves behind when Haris Seferović’s towering header beat Hugo Lloris.
The lively Kylian Mbappé and Adrien Rabiot fizzed efforts wide but the Nati were good value for their half-time lead.
Kingsley Coman’s introduction at the break instigated a change of shape for Les Bleus but it was the shift in their fortunes that proved more telling.
Lloris altered the momentum, brilliantly saving Ricardo Rodríguez’s penalty after Benjamin Pavard’s foul on Steven Zuber, and France took full advantage.
Mbappé slipped in Karim Benzema to clip in the equaliser.
The Real Madrid forward nodded in two minutes later after Yann Sommer had parried Antoine Griezmann’s shot.
Two became three courtesy of a stunning curling strike by Paul Pogba.
Switzerland pulled one back late through another Seferović header.
Just when it seemed France had done enough to edge this last-16 thriller, Mario Gavranović rifled a dramatic equaliser from outside the box to force extra time.
Mbappé spurned the best chance of the additional 30 minutes.
Then, after nine successful spot kicks in the shoot-out, it was the Paris striker who was denied by Sommer to seal an unforgettable night for Vladimir Petković’s Nati.