Wednesday , 21 February 2024

France – Switzerland 3:3 (4:5 on penalties). The inglorious departure of the world champions

The world champion and vice-champion of Europe, the French national team, has completed its performance at Euro 2020. “Tricolor” led 3:1 to the 81st minute but did not hold the advantage and lost in a series of 11-meter shots.

Tournament - Multi-sport event

Didier Deschamps ’ players practically did not dominate the National Stadium in Romania in the first half of the meeting. Haris Seferovic put Switzerland ahead in the 15th minute, and this score remained until the break.

In the 54th minute, the underdogs got a chance to break away, but Hugo Lloris dragged a penalty after a Ricardo Rodriguez strike. This moment became a turning point: within the next five minutes, Karim Benzema scored a double, and a little later, Paul Pogba stabbed the winning goal with a beautiful shot.

Paul Pogba - UEFA EURO 2020

But the Swiss, inspired by Croatia’s game a couple of hours earlier, did not give up. In the 81st minute, Seferovich scored a double, and in the 90th, Mario Gavranovich restored the balance — 3:3. Unfortunately, the additional two extra-halves went without scoring goals, so the fate of the quarterfinal ticket was decided in a penalty shootout.

In the series, the players consistently realized nine shots until Kylian Mbappe came to the point. Then, the Frenchman could not beat the goalkeeper, and the “tricolor” were eliminated from the tournament.

UEFA EURO 2020 - Spain national football team

In 1/4, the Swiss will meet with the Spanish national team.

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