Penalty roulette showed – Switzerland. The Swiss went against France from the top to the bottom, then again to the top and after the penalties won with 5: 4 in the eighth finals of the European Championship.
Switzerland led with 1: 0, then lost with 3: 1, and with the goal of Mario Gavranović in the 90th minute, they won overtime.
The hero of the victory was the goalkeeper Jan Sommer, who defended the penalty to Kilian Mbape in the fifth series.
Drama was also seen in today’s first match – Spain beat Croatia 5: 3 after extra time in Copenhagen.
Spain led 3: 1 until the 85th minute, but Croatia managed to equalize the extra time until the end of the referee’s compensation for the lost time.
Switzerland and Spain will meet in the quarterfinals, and that match is scheduled for July 2 in St. Petersburg.
Turns like in a movie
A few minutes separated the French to solve the match in the regular course – they lost, and reached a two-goal advantage, and then Switzerland equalized at 3: 3 in the 90th, thanks to Marija Gavranović.
Previously, for the French players and fans in the 55th minute, it seemed as if the whole world collapsed, but in the next 240 seconds, everything turned upside down.
Switzerland led with 1: 0, and Ricardo Rodriguez was preparing to take the penalty after a foul in the penalty area.
But then goalkeeper Hugo Loris, like a superhero, pulled on some invisible cloak and became Captain France.
Like a cat, Loris threw himself to the right and stopped Rodriguez’s shot with the utmost effort.
And, suddenly, everything turned around.
Where Loris left off, Karim Benzema continued in front of the opponent’s goal.
The experienced center forward of Real Madrid shook the Swiss net on two occasions in the interval of two minutes, from the 57th to the 59th, and brought a complete turnaround.
As if that wasn’t enough magic for the French tonight, so Paul Pogba decided to brighten up the evening for the fans.
After his shot, when he placed the ball in the fork of the Swiss goal in the 75th minute, the supporters of France could only say “u-la-la”.
Switzerland was completely knocked out, but, despite the shock, they reduced the gap in the 81st minute with the second goal of Haris Seferović.
This player was the best football player in Switzerland tonight, and it was he who scored the goal that started this drama in the 15th minute.
When the Spanish goalkeeper Unaj Simon made a kind of stupidity and allowed the ball to pass under his foot, Croatia took the lead and got the wind in his back to eliminate the great rival.
The big gaffe of the goalkeeper of Athletic Bilbao drove the Spanish fans, the coach Luis Enrique and the Spanish media crazy.
“We conceded the dumbest goal in the EURO! Simone, what did you do? ”Was the headline in the Spanish Mark in the online edition.
One of the most bizarre goals, more precisely the own goals in the tournament attributed to Pedri, who returned the ball to the goalkeeper a little stronger, however, did not freeze the Spaniards and did not tie their legs.
After 18 minutes, Pablo Sarabija equalized. to reach a high 3: 1 advantage in the second half, according to the notes of 21-year-old Ferran Torres.
First, Torres assisted Aspilicueti, who brought the Spaniards to the lead of 2: 1, and then Torres scored a goal in the 77th minute.
The Croats, the world runners-up, seemed to be knocked out.
But Croatia did not give up.
In a real pinball in front of the Spanish goal, Croatia somehow managed to push the ball into the goal in the 85th minute. More precisely, the ball crossed the imaginary goal line after Mislav Oršić snuck in.
And in the last moments of the referee’s compensation, with the assistance of Oršić, Mario Pašalić scored a goal for the great celebration of the Croatian team and fans, but also for the continuation of the drama.
Simon was embarrassed in the 20th minute, but the Spanish goalkeeper redeemed himself in the fifth minute of the first overtime, when he defended Andrej Kramarić’s shot from five meters.
And five minutes later, in the 100th minute, Spain took the lead again.
Dani Olmo was the scorer. Alvaro Morata from the left side knocked the ball into the net.
Only three minutes later, a new goal by Spain – the scorer was Mikel Ojarzabal, assisted by Olmo.
Pairs and results of the round of 16:
Vels – Danish 0: 4
Italy – Austria 2: 1 * after the extra time
Netherlands – Czech Republic 0: 2
Belgium – Portugal 1: 0
Croatia – Spain 5: 3 * after the extra time
France – Switzerland 3: 3, after penalties 5: 4
Sweden – Ukraine
England – Germany
Source: Dnevni list Danas by www.danas.rs.
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