Mikel Olazabal scored the winning penalty as Spain booked a place in the semi-finals of Euro 2020 against Switzerland. Spain will now face Italy in the semifinals at Wembley next Tuesday. Switzerland beat world champions France in a penalty shootout last round but could not repeat the heroics this time around.
Spain got off to the perfect start when Denis Zakaria got a cruel deflection on a Jordi Alba shot to take the ball past Yann Sommer in the Swiss net. Xerdan Shaqiri capitalized on a defensive error from Spain to equalize midway through the second half. Freuler was sent off in the 77th minute but Spain could not break down the stubborn Switzerland defense.
Spain: Simon (7), Azpilicueta (6), Laporte (6), P Torres (6), Alba (7), Koke (6), Busquets (6), Pedri (7), F Torres (7), Sarabia (6), Morata (6).
Subs: Olmo (6), Moreno (5), Llorente (6), Oyarzabal (7), Thiago, (N/A), Rodri (N/A),
Switzerland: Sommer (9), Widmer (6), Elvedi (7), Akanji (7), Rodriguez (7), Zuber (6), Zakaria (6), Freuler (7), Shaqiri (8), Embolo (N/A), Seferovic (6).
Subs: Vargas (6), Schar (N/A), Sow (6), Gavranovic (6), Fassnacht (6), Mbabu (N/A)
Man of the match: Yann Sommer (Switzerland)
Spain boss Luis Enrique: “That was the most tranquil penalty shoot-out I’ve ever been through because we’d done all our homework, all our practice and there was nothing left for the staff and me to do.” Enrique said after Spain beat Switzerland. “We are so proud. It’d be ridiculous to think that we, or any of the semi-finalists, would settle for just getting that far now – all of us want to get to the final and win.”
Switzerland boss Vladimir Petkovic: “I am a positive person. We have to go home taking the positives.” he added. “I have mixed feelings. I have pride – we can all be so proud. We leave here with our heads held high. On the other hand, we were so close to the semi-final, and that doesn’t happen often. I have more positive than negative feelings.”