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PIX: Switzerland beat France on penalties to make Euro last 8

Last updated on: June 29, 2021 04:17 IST
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Switzerland rally from 1-3 down with two goals in the last five minutes to force extra-time and eventually penalties.

Switzerland's players celebrate victory over France in the penalty shoot-out after the Euro 2020 Round of 16 match, at National Arena in Bucharest, Romania, on Monday.

IMAGE: Switzerland's players celebrate victory over France in the penalty shoot-out after the Euro 2020 Round of 16 match, at National Arena in Bucharest, Romania, on Monday. Photograph: Marko Djurica/Getty Images

Goalkeeper Yann Sommer saved France striker Kylian Mbappe's spot-kick to secure a 5-4 shoot-out win for Switzerland over the World champions following a thrilling 3-3 draw after extra-time, in Bucharest, on Monday.

The victory took the Swiss to the Euro 2020 quarter-finals, where they will meet Spain, who beat Croatia 5-3 after extra-time earlier in the evening in Copenhagen, Denmark.

 

It was Switzerland's first knock-out stage victory at a tournament since 1938 and the first time they have made the last eight since the 1954 World Cup which they hosted.

Karim Benzema celebrates after making it 1-1 for France

IMAGE: Karim Benzema celebrates after making it 1-1 for France in normal time. Photograph: Daniel Mihailescu/Getty Images

On a memorable evening for Swiss football, the so-called Nati repeatedly beat the odds, coming from 3-1 down with two goals in the final five minutes to force extra-time and eventually penalties.

Haris Seferovic scores Switzerland's second goal past France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris

IMAGE: Haris Seferovic scores Switzerland's second goal past France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris. Photograph: Mihai Barbu/Getty Images

The French looked to be cruising to victory when Karim Benzema struck twice in two minutes early in the second half.

He latched on to Mbappe's through ball in the 57th minute to cancel out Switzerland's first half lead through Haris Seferovic's header.

Paul Pogba celebrates with teammates after scoring France's third goal

IMAGE: Paul Pogba celebrates with teammates after scoring France's third goal. Photograph: Daniel Mihailescu/Getty Images

Benzema then headed home from near the goal-line two minutes later to take his tournament tally to four as France took control of the game, following a lacklustre first half, minutes after the Swiss had missed a 55th minute penalty.

Hugo Lloris saved Ricardo Rodriguez's spot kick as the Swiss wasted the chance to take a two-goal lead in what looked like a turning point in the match.

Mario Gavranovic scores Switzerland's third goal to take the match to extra-time

IMAGE: Mario Gavranovic scores Switzerland's third goal to take the match to extra-time. Photograph: Mihai Barbu/Getty Images

By the time Paul Pogba scored with a sensational curled shot into the top corner in the 75th minute to make it 3-1 for France, few believed the momentum could shift once more.

But Seferovic headed in his second goal with five minutes to play and substitute Mario Gavranovic beat Lloris to snatch a 90th-minute equaliser and force the extra period after France substitute Kingsley Coman thundered a drive off the bar.

Olivier Giroud twice came close for France having come off the bench but the game was to be resolved on penalties where Sommer swatted Mbappe's spot kick away after five Swiss players had scored to earn their first ever tournament shootout win.

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