Euro 2020 Quarter-final Highlights, Switzerland vs Spain: Daniel Zakaria scored an own goal in just the eight-minute of the game to hand Spain the lead as in the 68th minute Xherdan Shaqiri equalised for Switzerland. Remo Freuler was sent off in the 77th minute for his tackle on Gerard Moreno in the Euro 2020 quarter-final at the Saint Petersburg Stadium. Extra Time was needed but with 10-men, Switzerland held Spain to 1-1- but Spain beat Switzerland 3-1 on penalties.
The winner of Switzerland-Spain will take on the winner of Belgium vs Italy.
Penalties needed! Spain and Switzerland are still locked at 1-1 at the end of regulation as well as extra time!
The Swiss got through the extra period of 30 minutes despite playing with 10 men following a red card for midfielder Remo Freuler in the 78th minute.
Switzerland advanced after penalties in the round of 16. The team beat World Cup champion France 5-4 in the shootout.
Switzerland vs Spain
82' - Chances for Switzerland! Xherdan Shaqiri is brought off and in his place comes on Djibril Sow as Haris Seferovic is replaced by Mario Garvanovic.
68' - GOAL! Xherdan Shaqiri brings Switzerland level against Spain!
A mix-up in the Spain defence between Aymeric Laporte and Pau Torres allows Remo Freuler to collect the ball on the edge of the penalty box. He unselfishly set up Shaqiri, who sweeps his low, right-footed effort into the far corner
Switzerland vs Spain
50' - Aymeric Laporte with a beautiful cross-field pass from defence to find Dani Olmo, who in turn, puts in a delightful cross into the middle of the penalty box. Koke gets his head to the ball but it was behind him and thus could not generate much power on his effort as Yann Sommer collects comfortably.
HALF TIME! Denis Zakaria's own goal is the difference as Spain lead Switzerland at the break!
Switzerland midfielder Denis Zakaria’s own-goal is the 10th of the Euro 2020. There have been more own-goals at Euro 2020 than the previous 15 tournaments combined.
Zakaria stuck out his leg and deflected a shot by Spain defender Jordi Alba into the net. The goal was originally awarded to Alba but UEFA later changed it.
Switzerland fans are making some noise inside the half-full Saint Petersburg Stadium by clanking cowbells ahead of their team’s quarterfinal match against Spain at the European Championship.
It is a sound synonymous with Swiss fans in Alpine skiing...
...meanwhile, a familiar face in the crowd!
Spain reached the Euro 2020 semi-finals on Friday after prevailing 3-1 in a nervy penalty shootout against dogged Switzerland who were reduced to ten men by a sending off but still clung to a 1-1 draw after extra-time.
Mikel Oyarzabal struck the decisive spot-kick after Gerard Moreno and Dani Olmo had converted for Spain and Sergio Busquets and Rodri squandered their kicks.
Spain keeper Unai Simon saved from Switzerland‘s Manuel Akanji and Fabian Schar while Ruben Vargas hammered his shot over the bar.
In open play, Spain took an eighth-minute lead when a Jordi Alba strike took a heavy deflection off Daniel Zakaria and went into the net but Switzerland levelled in the 68th when Xherdan Shaqiri cashed in on a mix-up in the Spain defence.
Switzerland‘s cause was then complicated by Remo Freuler being shown a straight red card in the 77th minute, but they held on to force the extra period and somehow survived a Spain onslaught to make it to spot-kicks.
But after beating France 5-4 on penalties in the last 16 by scoring all their kicks, only Mario Gavranovic could beat Simon and the Swiss were left heartbroken, still waiting to win a European Championship quarter-final.
Spain, though, are rewarded with a trip to Wembley to face either Belgium or Italy and are dreaming of a first major final since winning Euro 2012.