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Euro 2020 Highlights, France vs Switzerland: Mbappe Misses Penalty, Switzerland Knock Out France

UEFA Euro 2020 Football Highlights: France 3-3 (4-5) Switzerland

News18.com | June 29, 2021, 03:19 IST

UEFA Euro 2020 Highlights France vs Switzerland: Switzerland pull off a massive upset against world champions France as they win 5-4 on penalties to make the quarter-finals. Kylian Mbappe missed the fifth French penalty to give Switzerland the win.

Story of the Match: Mbappe missed the fifth penalty after Pogba, Giroud, Thuram and Kimpembe scored for France. For Switzerland, all of Gavranovic, Fabian Schar, Akanji, Vargas and Mehmedi scored. Neither team could score in extra time and we are going into the penalties. Gavranovic’s last-minute equaliser helped Switzerland take the game into extra time against world champions France. What a dramatic second half after Seferovic’s goal was the difference at half time. Rodriguez missed a penalty and the chance to make it 2-0 for Switzerland. Soon after that, Benzema scored a brace to give France the lead. Paul Pogba then scored an absolute stunner to increase France’s lead but Switzerland did not stop fighting. Seferovic scored his second to pull one back for Switzerland. Gavranovic was then flagged offside for a goal but he wasn’t to be denied as he scored in the 90th minute to draw Switzerland level. In the fourth minute of stoppage time, Kingsley Coman’s strike hit the bar and from there, we go on for 30 more minutes.

France and Switzerland played their last 16 fixture at the Arena Nationala in Bucharest, Romania. World Cup holders France were one of the pre-tournament favourites to take the championship.

Jun 29, 2021 03:19 (IST)

Kylian Mbappe misses the fifth French penalty of the shootout as world champions France are knocked out by Switzerland, who make the quarter-finals after putting up a massively gutsy performance.

France 3-3 (4-5) Switzerland

Jun 29, 2021 03:08 (IST)

Switzerland - Gavranovic (Scored), Fabian Schar (Scored), Akanji (Scored), Vargas (Scored), Mehmedi (Scored)

France - Pogba (Scored), Giroud (Scored), Thuram (Scored), Kimpembe (Scored), Mbappe (Miss)

France 3-3 (4-5) Switzerland

Jun 29, 2021 03:03 (IST)

Full Time Extra Time! And we are going to the penalties after neither team could score in the extra time.

France 3-3 Switzerland

Jun 29, 2021 02:45 (IST)

Half Time Extra Time! Neither France not Switzerland could produce anything of note as the scoreline remains tied at 3-3.

France 3-3 Switzerland

Jun 29, 2021 02:42 (IST)

103' - Switzerland are not sitting down. They are taking to the French team and putting the Les Bleus in trouble.

France 3-3 Switzerland

Jun 29, 2021 02:35 (IST)

97' - Lively first half of the extra time with chances falling for both Switzerland and France. The scoreline remains locked at 3-3 though.

France 3-3 Switzerland

Jun 29, 2021 02:28 (IST)

FULL TIME! And that's it, we are going into extra time. Gavranovic's last-minute equaliser has helped Switzerland take the game into extra time against world champions France. What a dramatic second half after Seferovic's goal was the difference at half time. Rodriguez missed a penalty and the chance to make it 2-0 for Switzerland. Soon after that, Benzema scored a brace to give France the lead. Paul Pogba then scored an absolute stunner to increase France's lead but Switzerland did not stop fighting. Seferovic scored his second to pull one back for Switzerland. Gavranovic was then flagged offside for a goal but he wasn't to be denied as he scored in the 90th minute to draw Switzerland level. In the fourth minute of stoppage time, Kingsley Coman's strike hit the bar and from there, we go on for 30 more minutes.

France 3-3 Switzerland

Jun 29, 2021 02:23 (IST)

Off the Bar

90+4' - OFF THE BAR! Kingsley Coman with a fantastic strike but it hits the bar. What a moment it could have been.

France 3-3 Switzerland

Jun 29, 2021 02:21 (IST)

90' - GOAL! Gavranovic finds the back of the net to draw Switzerland level with 10 seconds of normal time remaining. What drama! Excellent pass from Xhaka and Gavranovic makes a brilliant, controlled run to receive the ball and give it a fine finish.

France 3-3 Switzerland

Jun 29, 2021 02:14 (IST)

Offside fro Switzerland

85' - OFFSIDE! Gavranovic with a neat finish but he is flagged offside.

France 3-2 Switzerland

Jun 29, 2021 02:13 (IST)

81' - GOAL! Haris Seferovic pulls one back for Switzerland. France are unable to clear the ball away and the ball is worked well by Mbabu to put in a fantastic cross and Seferovic is at the right place once more to head another one in.

France 3-2 Switzerland

Jun 29, 2021 02:06 (IST)

75' - GOAL! Absolute stunner from Paul Pogba. A beautiful, marvellous curling strike by Pogba from distance and Sommer has absolutely no chance.

France 3-1 Switzerland

Jun 29, 2021 01:58 (IST)

69' - Miscommunication between Sommer and his defender but France's shot was off target and Switzerland stay alive here.

France 2-1 Switzerland

Jun 29, 2021 01:52 (IST)

59' - GOAL! What a turnaround from France! That first goal seems to have livened up the French team. Excellent one-two between Mbappe and Griezmann and the latter takes a shot at goal. Sommer saves Griezmann's shot but the ball loops for Benzema on the far post, who heads it in.

France 2-1 Switzerland

Jun 29, 2021 01:51 (IST)

57' - GOAL! Karim Benzema does extremely well to control the ball and find the back of the net. Mbappe with the pass to him, which is behind Benzema. The Real Madrid man takes the first touch with an outstretched leg and then buries it.

France 1-1 Switzerland

Jun 29, 2021 01:48 (IST)

56' - OFF THE TARGET! Excellent move from France and Mbappe gets the ball but his shot is off the target. Should have done better!

France 0-1 Switzerland

Jun 29, 2021 01:46 (IST)

54' - PENALTY SAVED! Hugo Lloris denies Ricardo Rodriguez from the spot and France survive.

France 0-1 Switzerland

Jun 29, 2021 01:42 (IST)

Penalty to Switzerland

53' - PENALTY! Pavard's challenge was a foul and Switzerland have the chance to go 2-0 up.

France 0-1 Switzerland

Jun 29, 2021 01:39 (IST)

50' - Fantastic work from Embolo on the right of the goalpost as he puts the ball across the face of the goal for unmarked teammates but he misses the ball and France clear it. Lifeline that for the world champions!

France 0-1 Switzerland

Jun 29, 2021 01:36 (IST)

SECOND HALF KICK-OFF! We are underway for the second 45 minutes in Bucharest with Switzerland leading 1-0 against France.

France 0-1 Switzerland

Jun 29, 2021 01:23 (IST)

France have not had a single shot on target in 45 minutes of play in Bucharest.

Jun 29, 2021 01:21 (IST)

HALF TIME! Switzerland lead the world champions France 1-0 after 45 minutes of play in Bucharest. Haris Seferovic put the Swiss in the lead in the 15th minute and France have been unable to produce anything of important in the first half.

France 0-1 Switzerland

Jun 29, 2021 01:11 (IST)

40' - France have failed to threaten the Swiss goal much and Switzerland are happy to play the ball around to half time.

France 0-1 Switzerland

Jun 29, 2021 01:04 (IST)

34' - France are lacking in the final third. There is a certain lack of decisiveness and Switzerland are doing well to hold the ball in the midfield.

France 0-1 Switzerland

Jun 29, 2021 00:52 (IST)

Mbappe Miss

22' - MISS! What a delicious ball from Paul Pogba for Mbappe. Excellent vision from the Manchester United man but Mbappe cannot go for his shot properly and ends up being an easy collect for Sommer.

France 0-1 Switzerland

Jun 29, 2021 00:49 (IST)

15' - GOAL! Haris Seferovic gives Switzerland the lead against the world champions. The vulnerable French defence has been breached! Seferovic takes a shot from afar which is blocked but it falls for Zuber, who puts in a fine cross that Seferovic leaps up to and heads it home.

France 0-1 Switzerland

Jun 29, 2021 00:37 (IST)

6' - Gorgeous ball arrives at Benzema's feet over two Swiss defenders but Benzema can't get the shot away as he is closed down quickly. The rebound fell towards Pogba, who had his attempt blocked.

France 0-0 Switzerland

Jun 29, 2021 00:34 (IST)

4' - Early corner for Switzerland but it's well defended by France.

France 0-0 Switzerland

Jun 29, 2021 00:31 (IST)

KICK-OFF! We are underway at the at the Arena Nationala in Bucharest, Romania as France take on Switzerland.

Jun 29, 2021 00:28 (IST)

The national anthems have been sung and we are just minutes away from the start of France vs Switzerland.

Euro 2020 Highlights, France vs Switzerland: Mbappe Misses Penalty, Switzerland Knock Out France
Gavranovic scored Switzerland's last-minute equaliser that took the game into extra time. (Photo Credit: AP)

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France have so far struggled to find their best form in this competition after following a narrow opening win over Germany with draws against Hungary and Portugal. Kylian Mbappe has not yet found the net and coach Didier Deschamps has been hit by injuries to a number of fringe members of his team, but Les Bleus are still expected to have too much for their Swiss neighbours in the Romanian capital.

Switzerland, who qualified for the last 16 as one of the best third-placed sides, have not won a knockout tie at a major tournament since the 1930s and it would be an enormous shock if they ousted the defending world champions.

A depleted France will draw motivation from the threat of elimination, captain Hugo Lloris said on Sunday. While Ousmane Dembele and Marcus Thuram are unavailable, Deschamps confirmed full backs Jules Kounde and Lucas Digne are also ruled out against the Swiss. Left back Lucas Hernandez, who injured his knee, has a chance to feature.

Speaking at a news conference, goalkeeper Lloris said France — who finished runners-up in 2016 — were accustomed to do-or-die situations and thrived under pressure.

“We can use this as motivation,” Lloris said of the threat of elimination. “We are already a team of competitors. We don’t like to lose and when we know we can be going home, we are even stronger.”

Lloris added that it was essential for France to remain focused against Switzerland.

“We are approaching this like a completely different competition,” the goalkeeper said. “We know we can’t make any mistakes.

“We know the mental aspect (of the game) will play a role. This is certainly the key to our success.”

With Hernandez and Digne both going off injured in their final group game against Portugal, Deschamps said a three-man defence he deployed in the UEFA Nations League last year was also an option but he kept his cards close to his chest.

“This is an option, of course, which may or may not be taken,” he said. “But if I did it … I am not going to tell you now.”

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