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UEFA EURO 2020 Highlights: Spain into semis, beat Switzerland 3-1 on penalties

UEFA EURO 2020, Switzerland vs Spain Highlights: Spain, who beat Switzerland 3-1 on penalties in St. Petersburg, will face either Belgium or Italy in the semifinals.

By: Sports Desk |
Updated: July 3, 2021 12:31:08 am
UEFA EURO 2020, Switzerland vs Spain Highlights.

UEFA EURO 2020, Switzerland vs Spain Highlights: Spain became the first team to progress to the semifinals of the UEFA Euro 2020 after beating Switzerland 3-1 on penalties in St Petersburg on Friday. They were tied 1-1 at the end of extra time.

Luis Enrique’s team got off to a brilliant start after Denis Zakaria deflected the ball into his own net in the eighth minute to give Spain an early lead. Switzerland maintained their shape and pounced on an equalising opportunity in the 68th minute through Xherdan Shaqiri. After the contest was tied at 1-1 after 90 minutes, extra time ensued. Switzerland goalkeeper Yann Sommer came clutch in the final half-hour making a number of vital saves to deny the likes of Dani Olmo, Gerard Moreno and Mikel Oyarzabal. In the penalty shootout, Oyarzabal scored the decisive penalty for Spain after Switzerland missed three penalties through Fabian Schar, Manuel Akanji and Ruben Vargas. Spain will next face either Belgium or Italy in the last four.

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UEFA EURO 2020, Switzerland vs Spain Highlights:

00:12 (IST)03 Jul 2021
SPAIN THROUGH TO SEMI-FINALS!

Oyarzabal scores and sends Spain through to the semi-finals with a 3-1 win on penalties! Elation for Luis Enrique and his men!

00:11 (IST)03 Jul 2021
Penalties: Switzerland 1-2 Spain

Vargas has hoofed it high and it's head in hands moment for Switzerland. Not even on target.

00:11 (IST)03 Jul 2021
Penalties: Switzerland 1-2 Spain

Moreno plants his penalty to the top corner. An emphatic penalty and Spain are in the lead!

00:10 (IST)03 Jul 2021
Penalties: Switzerland 1-1 Spain

Akanji showed too much and his low shot is saved by Simon!

00:09 (IST)03 Jul 2021
Penalties: Switzerland 1-1 Spain

Rodri steps up and his penalty is saved! Sommer repeats the trick!

00:08 (IST)03 Jul 2021
Penalties: Switzerland 1-1 Spain

Schar's tame shot is saved by Simon and Spain have parity.

00:07 (IST)03 Jul 2021
Penalties: Switzerland 1-1 Spain

Olmo fires it into the roof and Spain are on the board. Right in the top corner. 

00:06 (IST)03 Jul 2021
Penalties: Switzerland 1-0 Spain

Gavranovic scores efficiently to the right of Simon. A cool penalty.

00:06 (IST)03 Jul 2021
Penalties: Switzerland 0-0 Spain

MISS! Busquets hits the left post!

00:00 (IST)03 Jul 2021
FT AET: Switzerland 1- 1 Spain

A resilient performance by ten-men Switzerland leads the contest into a penalty shootout. Who will go through?

23:52 (IST)02 Jul 2021
113' Spain continue to be denied

Llorente comes close but his shot is blocked astutely by Rodriguez, and then minutes later, Alba finds Olmo inside the box but the Leipzig forward's left-footed volley is saved by Sommer. Meanwhile, Thiago Alcantara replaces defender Pau Torres.

23:45 (IST)02 Jul 2021
Into the final 15 mins!

All to play for in the second half of the extra time! Can Sommer hold on for 15 more minutes or will Spain score the winner?

23:41 (IST)02 Jul 2021
HT AET: Switzerland 1-1 Spain

Sommer has been in fine song in the first half of the extra time. Three vital saves to deny Alba, Moreno, and Oyarzabal and he has kept Switzerland in the contest. If they hang on for 15 more minutes, they can try to repeat their penalty shootout fairytale again...

23:38 (IST)02 Jul 2021
Roger Federer has some advice...
23:35 (IST)02 Jul 2021
100' Two changes for Switzerland

Kevin Mbabu and Fabian Schar replace Silvan Widmer, who was on a yellow, and Denis Zakaria respectively.

23:31 (IST)02 Jul 2021
96' Moreno, Alba come close to scoring

Spain are expectedly dominating the ball right now with the Swiss down to ten men but they fail again to take the lead as Moreno shoots wide with his left foot. Minutes later, Alba shoots from distance but the effort is tipped upwards by the fingers of Sommer.

23:26 (IST)02 Jul 2021
Here we go again...

The first-half of the extra-time begins! Spain make another change: Oyarzabal replaces F. Torres in the front three.

23:20 (IST)02 Jul 2021
Into extra-time!

Not over yet in St.petersburg as both the teams are tied at 1-1 at the end of 90 minutes! Switzerland pulled themselves back into the contest thanks to Shaqiri's equaliser in the 68th minute before Freuler was sent off. Can the Swiss hold on for penalties?

23:17 (IST)02 Jul 2021
90' Spain desperate for a winner

After Moreno's surging run minutes back, Koke attempts a shot from outside the box but it is safely collected by Sommer. Switzerland are defending deep now. Both the teams opt for changes too: Fassnacht and M. Llorente come on for their teams.

23:08 (IST)02 Jul 2021
81' Shaqiri gets substituted

Switzerland make a tactical change after the red card: Shaqiri is replaced by Djibril Sow. Gavranovic replaces Seferovic.

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