The Swiss beat France in a shootout to reach the Euro 2020 quarter-finals where they will face Spain following a thrilling 3-3 draw after additional time on Monday. Yann Sommer saved Kylian Mbappe’s penalty kick to help Switzerland win 5-4. Switzerland reached the last eight of a tournament for the first time since the 1954 World Cup, which they hosted.
Nati repeatedly beat the odds in this memorable night for Swiss football, coming from behind to force extra time and penalty kicks by scoring two goals in the last five minutes.In the second half, Karim Benzema had twice struck in two minutes for the French.
A header by Haris Seferovic in the first half gave Switzerland the lead, but Mbappe pounced on his through ball on 57 minutes. The French then took control the game after a lacklustre first half, minutes after the Swiss had missed a 55th minute penalty. Benzema added a fourth goal to his tournament tally within two minutes.
A disappointing miss by Hugo Lloris denied Ricardo Rodriguez an opportunity to put Switzerland ahead by two goals at a decisive moment in the match.
It was not widely believed that France’s momentum could change once again after Paul Pogba’s curling goal made it 3-1.
After Seferovic left Lloris beaten in the 90th minute by Mario Gavranovic, who beat the French goalkeeper to snatch the equalizer, and after Kingsley Coman struck the crossbar with a drive, the match moved to extra time.
In coming off the bench, Olivier Giroud twice came close for France, but penalties were required to decide the match, where Swiss goalkeeper Sommer swatted away Mbappe’s spot kick to give Switzerland their first ever win in an international shootout.