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France 3-3 Switzerland (4-5 on pens) summary: score, goals, highlights, Euro 2020

Soccer Football - Euro 2020 - Round of 16 - France v Switzerland - National Arena Bucharest, Bucharest, Romania - June 29, 2021   France's Kylian Mbappe looks dejected as he leaves the pitch after having his penalty saved in the shoot-out Pool via RE

France 3-3 Switzerland (4-5 on pens): Les Bleus dumped out by the Swiss - as it happened

Goodbye and thanks for reading!

So, it's a historic night for Switzerland, who have ended their decades-long wait for a quarter-final place, and now move on to a date with Spain in St Petersburg on Friday. You'll find more on the Spaniards' win over Croatia, in what was part one of today's bonanza of goals and drama, here.

The last 16 comes to a close tomorrow, as England take on Germany (12pm EDT) and Sweden meet Ukraine (3pm EDT), with the winners of those two ties to face off in the last eight in Rome on Saturday. Good luck following today's act, lads...

"Mega fight"

Swiss tennis legend Roger Federer has lauded the "mega fight" and "heart" shown by Vladimir Petkovic's men in Bucharest, tweeting: "And now quarter-finals".

Xhaka named man of the match

Sommer loving it

Here's a photo, courtesy of UEFA's Euro 2020 Twitter feed, of the moment Sommer wheeled away in celebration, with his Swiss team-mates in hot pursuit.

Neville: "I am absolutely stunned by what I have seen"

Speaking on UK television channel ITV, former England defender Gary Neville has offered this reaction to Switzerland's win: "The Swiss have shocked us all. I am absolutely stunned by what I have seen in the last 120 minutes."

"You just knew as Mbappé was walking up," he said of the France striker's saved penalty. "You thought: 'Oh no'."

(Quotes via the BBC)

France's worst tournament performance since 2010

France have failed to reach the last eight of a major tournament for the first time since their calamitous group-stage exit at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

"What a day. What a Sommer"

France stunned; Swiss end 67-year wait

There's a brief moment of uncertainty as Sommer waits for the thumbs-up from the officials after that save, before he wheels away and is mobbed by his Swiss team-mates!

For the first time since 1954, Switzerland are through to the quarter-finals of a major tournament, where they'll meet Spain in St Petersburg on Friday.

France's bid to become the first team to twice hold the world and European titles simultaneously is at an end.

When Paul Pogba put Les Bleus 3-1 up with a quarter of an hour to go, it seemed likeliest that they'd go on and rattle in another couple. The comeback the Swiss then produced really is scarcely credible; they looked down and out, yet somehow managed to lift themselves.

That's the first time Switzerland have ever beaten France in a competitive match. What a brilliant day of football we've had.

Mbappé for France - SAVED!

Mbappé must score... and doesn't! Sommer parries! The world champions are out!

Mehmedi for Switzerland - SCORES (4-5)

So coolly done! He rolls it into the corner, sending Lloris the wrong way.

Kimpembe for France - SCORES (4-4)

He thumps it into the corner past Sommer, who guesses right but can't get a hand to it.

Vargas for Switzerland - SCORES (3-4)

Lloris goes the right way and gets a hand to it, but Vargas gets too much on it and the keeper can only palm it into the corner.

Thuram for France - SCORES (3-3)

Sommer guesses right, but it's too far into the corner and too powerfully hit!

Akanji for Switzerland - SCORES (2-3)

Akanji cooly rolls it into Lloris' bottom right-hand corner. The keeper is nowhere near.

Giroud for France - SCORES (2-2)

He also sends the keeper the wrong way!

Schär for Switzerland - SCORES (1-2)

Schär dinks it impudently into the right-hand corner, again sending the goalkeeper the wrong way.

Pogba for France - SCORES (1-1)

Pogba also sends the keeper the wrong way, with an almost identical penalty to Gavranovic's!

Gavranovic for Switzerland - SCORES (0-1)

So, Mario Gavranovic is up first for Switzerland as we get Euro 2020's first penalty shoot-out underyway - and he sends Lloris the wrong way!

Gavranovic for Switzerland - SCORES

So, Mario Gavranovic is up first for Switzerland as we get Euro 2020's first penalty shoot-out underyway - and he sends Lloris the wrong way!

The second-most goals ever in a single day of the Euros


And that's the final action of extra time! Penalties it is.


Giroud heads a right-wing cross straight at Sommer, before Gavranovic buys a free-kick off Rabiot about 10 yards outside of the France penalty box.

Xhaka will take... and fires well over.


Pavard crosses from the right, but Elvedi heads away, before finally the Swiss get their foot on the ball and enjoy a period of possession, Xhaka winning a free-kick off Pogba.

With everyone waiting inside the France box, Xhaka takes the free-kick short to Akanji, who tries a hugely ambitious shot from about 45 yards out, and unsurprisingly doesn't succeed with it. A strange choice, that.


Switzerland are starting to look like they're just hanging on for penalties. Again France create a clear shooting chance inside the Swiss area, Thuram squaring from the left for Giroud, who completely mistimes his effort and sends it well wide. There was another beaut of a Pogba pass in the build-up, incidentally.


Marcus Thuram is on for Coman.


There's another chance for Mbappé, and he fluffs it! Pogba releases him behind the Switzerland defence and into the box with a lovely ball - one of those dead straight, defence-splitting passes that Kevin de Bruyne is also a dab hand at - but Mbappé slices wide. And hurts himself in the process. He can be seen limping for a good minute or two after that miss.


Switzerland pump a long ball from left to right to Mbabu, who's in plenty of space on the wing. Lloris scuttles out to claim the ball ahead of the substitute - and is inches away from handling outside of his box.

At the other end, Coman skips past his man before laying it across for Mbappñe, who hooks his shot past Sommer's far post.


Akanji is booked after bringing Pogba's burst across the halfway line to an abrupt end.


Mbappé plays a one-two with Giroud on the edge of the Swiss box, but Xhaka steps in to rob the PSG striker and bring it clear.

Back come France, Mbappé again advancing towards the Switzerland area. He's muscled off the ball again, though, this time by Elvedi.

Peeep! Into the second half of extra time we go.


Peeep peeep peeep! 15 minutes from the first penalty shoot-out of Euro 2020.


One minute of time added on at the end of the first half of extra time.

Sissoko crosses low from the right towards Giroud, but Schär gets there before the Chelsea forward, and Vargas clears.


Mehmedi blasts over from just outside of the France box after an almighty stramash on the edge of the area.

We then have a VAR check for a possible penalty - I'm not sure what for, to be honest - but after a brief wait, Fernando Andrés Rapallini, gets the play back underway.


Kanté leads a France break, feeding the ball wide to Mbappé on the left. He lifts it across the face of the box to Sissoko... who suffers a huge rush of blood to the head and blasts high, wide and handsome.

Xhaka is the latest player to go down with some sort of injury, seemingly suffered in a challenge with Pogba moments earlier. He gets back up, though, and looks like he'll soldier on.


Coman is down and getting medical attention. He looks to have twanged something.

Marcus Thuram is readying himself to come on, but for now Coman is determined to try to continue.


That's a crucial interception by Varane. Mbabu drives to the byline and cuts the ball back across goal, but with three men waiting in the middle, Varane is perfectly placed to clear from underneath the posts.

At the other end, Coman scampers down the left wing and fires into the side-netting.


Switzerland replace Seferovic with defender Fabian Schär, in a bid to restore a bit more balance to the side after the attacking substitutions of the closing stages of the second half.


Great save from Sommer! Pavard controls on the right-hand side of the box before toeing the bouncing ball towards the top corner, but the Swiss goalkeeper does magnificently to turn it over.


Olivier Giroud is on for Benzema, who is absolutely knackered. He seems to be feeling dizzy, indeed.


Vargas whips a corner in to the near post, where Mehmedi turns it towards goal on the volley - but it's right at Lloris.


Pavard is booked for a late, high challenge on Mehmedi. He'll miss the quarter-finals if France make it through.

Xhaka will also be suspended for his earlier booking, by the way.

Peeeep! Extra time is underway.


Peeep peeep peeep! What a second half. Into extra time we go. I really thought Switzerland were dead and buried; that was a truly amazing response from Vladimir Petkovic's men.


You can't take your eyes off this game for a second. Switzerland almost get Mehmedi in behind the France defence and through on Lloris, but the substitute's first touch lets him down and the chance is lost.

At the other end, France then nearly win it: Coman chests down on the left-hand side of the box and fires the bouncing ball against Sommer's crossbar!


Four minutes of time added on at the National Arena Bucharest, by the way.


He got on the end of that one, though! Switzerland are level! It's a lovely goal by Gavranovic, and we look to be heading into extra time! Wow. What a reaction from the Swiss.

Xhaka feeds a pass into Gavranovic, 25 yards out from goal. He turns away from Kimpembe before arrowing a shot low past Lloris' right hand and into the bottom corner!


Xhaka crosses to Mehmedi at the back post. He nods it back into the six-yard box, but Gavranovic can't get on the end of it.


Coman is booked for a wayward elbow.


Both teams make substitutions. Switzerland throw on Admir Mehmedi for Rodríguez, while France bring on Moussa Sissoko for Griezmann.


Blimey, this is some game. Gavranovic has the ball in the net and the Swiss think they've snatched a dramatic equaliser, but the flag is up. Having controlled Rodríguez's low ball into the box, the substitute does so well to turn and poke in past Lloris, but he was offside.


Griezmann lays the ball back to Rabiot, who takes a touch before letting fly from 25 yards, but he sends his effort well off target.


Hold on, maybe Switzerland aren't completely gone! Seferovic head in his second and it's 3-2!

Mbabu whips in a cross from the right that's right on the striker's head, and he makes no mistake from six yards or so out, nodding down and in past Lloris.

Can the Swiss emulate the Croats' late show in Copenhagen and force extra time? We have just under 10 minutes left in Bucharest.


Switzerland make another double change, bringing on Fassnacht and Vargas for Embolo and Zuber.

Xhaka was booked a few minutes ago for giving the referee a little too much lip, by the way.


Coman tries to bend in what's basically a carbon copy of that Pogba goal, but this time it's too close to Sommer, who grabs hold.

This could end up being four or five yet, though. France are in the groove, and Switzerland are completely gone.


Pogba makes it three, and it's a stunner!

Benzema's shot from the edge of the box is blocked, but when the ricochet falls to Pogba, he takes a touch before bending the ball beautifully into Sommer's left-hand top corner.

France vs Spain on Friday, then?


Switzerland make a double change, introducing Mbabu and Gavranovic for Widmer and Shaqiri.


Pogba receives on the edge of the box with space to control and shoot, but it's deflected behind.

At the other end, Zuber plays a low ball into the France area towards Freuler, but it's too far in front of the midfielder. Embolo is down again after being caught late by Pavard earlier in the move, but after a dab of the magic sponge he looks like he'll be OK.


France are attacking with so much more penetration now. Pogba's slide-rule pass very nearly gets Mbappé in behind Akanji, but the defender does very well to hold him off, and Sommer claims.

Moments later, Widmer tries to head Griezmann's hopeful hoof back to Sommer, but nods it past the goalkeeper and - luckily for him - the ball flies out for a corner, rather than into his own net.

Switzerland are absolutely reeling.


Shaqiri sends a delicious free-kick delivery to the back post, where Seferovic and Widmer are both unmarked and succeed only in putting each other off. The whistle goes, anyway, I think for a Seferovic foul on Varane.


Benzema is now level with the Czech Republic's Patrik Schick on four goals. They're both one behind Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo, who obviously can no longer add to his tally.

What a day's play we've had!


Rodríguez is booked for a foul. Not been the most stellar couple of minutes for him.


Incroyable! France lead! Les Bleus look a different side now, and utterly carve Switzerland to ribbons.

Griezmann plays a one-two with Mbappé, advances into the box and has his shot parried by Sommer. However, the loose ball loops straight onto the head of Benzema, who nods into an empty net from a yard out.

France were staring down the barrel of a 2-0 deficit only a few minutes ago. What a turnaround.



Now France are level! It's fine finishing from Benzema. What a couple of minutes!

Mbappé touches it to Benzema at the top of the box, where, with the ball just behind him, the Real Madrid striker produces an expert piece of control and clips it past Sommer and into the net!


And right away the French do carve out a chance of some actual substance. Pogba slips it wide to Mbappé on the left-hand side of the box, where the striker tries to bend the ball past Sommer and into the far corner, but directs his shot just wide!


Rodríguez takes, but Lloris gets down low to save!

France are off the hook... but they'll need to start doing a whole lot more in attack.


Penalty given!


Oh, hold on... The referee is going to the pitchside monitor to look at a possible penalty - but it's not the challenge on Mbappé, it's Pavard's tackle on Zuber!



Zuber drives down the left towards the France box, but Pavard gets back to slide in and tackle him.

At the other end, Mbappé wants a penalty after tumbling in the box, but Señor Rapallini says no.


Mbappé tries to hoodwink Akanji with a flick over the defender's head, but he isn't fooled and brings it clear.

Switzerland then launch a quick break that is worked to Embolo on the right-hand side of the box. He dribbles past Kimpembe and cuts the ball across goal, where Seferovic is waiting at the back stick, but can't turn it goalwards! What a let-off for France.


Pogba does well to stride away from Rodríguez and Akanji on the right wing, but, with Benzema waiting in the middle, the midfielder completely misses his kick. Chance lost.


Griezmann immediately has a dig from range, but his shot dribbles well wide of Sommer's left-hand post.

Peeep! We're back underway at the National Arena Bucharest.

Deschamps has indeed brought on Coman and reverted to a back four, Lenglet making way for the substitute.

Coman to come on

Unsurprisingly, it looks like France boss Didier Deschamps has shuffled his pack at half time, shelving the team's move to a back three and introducing Bayern Munich winger Kingsley Coman.


Peep peep peeeep! Switzerland are the surprise leaders at the break. They're well worth their advantage: in the main they've limited France to speculative shots from range, and have attacked with purpose when they've had the chance.


Switzerland play it about confidently, working it out to the now-recovered Embolo out on the right wing... but his cross is overhit, and drifts behind for a goal kick.


Embolo is down in a heap after a clash of heads with Rabiot, who doesn't appear to have been hurt in the collision.

He's pretty quickly up, though, to warm applause.


Two minutes of time added on in Bucharest. France are yet to truly open Switzerland up; I certainly can't remember them creating a properly clear chance.


That's nice build-up play from France, but Mbappé fires over! Griezmann finds the Paris Saint-Germain striker with a smart backheel, allowing him to advance towards the Swiss box and wind up a shot from 25 yards or so. He gets under it, though, and Sommer watches it fly into the stands.


We're back up and running in Bucharest. Xhaka slips Embolo into the France box with a neat little pass, but before the forward can get his shot away, Varane is quickly across to snuff out the danger. A crucial intervention.


We have an unofficial drinks break when play stops for what I can only assume must be a pitch invader. Unlike in Copenhagen earlier in the tournament, our TV director is as quick as can be in ensuring we see nothing.

Zuber's fourth assist at Euro 2020

Opta note that Steven Zuber's cross for Haris Seferovic's goal was his fourth assist at Euro 2020 - as many as any player has achieved at a European Championship finals since 1980.


Griezmann releases Rabiot into the box with a lovely ball around the corner, only for Rabiot's first touch to let him down. The ball trundles out for a goal kick.

Griezmann was absolutely floored by Elvedi a couple of milliseconds after playing it to Rabiot, and the defender is rightly booked.


Zuber skins Varane on the left and is chopped down by the defender, who is shown a richly deserved yellow card.

Shaqiri sends in the free-kick - and Embolo heads wide! He beat Kimpembe to it, but glanced well off target from 10 yards out.


Pogba pings a low ball to Benzema at the top of the box, where the striker tries to turn away from Akanji and into space to shoot, but is well held off by the Swiss defender.

Moments later, Rabiot lets fly from 25 yards out, but sends his strike just wide. Sommer was scrambling there. Not sure he would have got to it had it been 12 inches to the left.


Freuler is penalised for handball five yards or so outside of the Swiss box, and France have en exceedingly enticing free-kick chance here.

Mbappé and Griezmann stand over it... and the former slaps it into the wall.

The loose ball falls straight back at Mbappé's feet, but his half-volley zips several yards wide of Sommer's left-hand post.


Rabiot gets to the byline and fizzes a ball across goal. Benzema is waiting in the middle, but Rabiot's pass is too powerfully hit and flies over the Real Madrid striker's head and away.


Pogba launches a long ball right into the path of Mbappé, who's suddenly scampering in behind Elvedi, but the Swiss defender does well to recovers and dispossess the forward. And the flag was up.


France have a chance to hit straight back, but Elvedi heads Griezmann's left-wing free-kick clear.


Goal! Seferovic gives Switzerland the lead! Zuber brings the ball forward on the left and clips a cross towards the penalty spot, where Seferovic outjumps Lenglet and heads into the corner!

There's a short VAR check for a possible push by the forward on Lenglet, but the goal stands.

Well, well well... We've already had one surprise in the last 16 - are we about to witness another? A reminder that France haven't lost a competitive match in two years, since going down to Turkey in Euro 2020 qualifying in June 2019.

Griezmann makes France history

Including tonight, Antoine Griezmann has appeared in 23 straight France games at a major tournament finals - a record for Les Bleus.


Mbappé scampers towards a back-pedalling Swiss defence and into the box, before looking to lay it off for Benzema just inside him. His pass isn't quite on the money, though, and Switzerland bring it away.


It's a bright start from both sides. Switzerland enjoy a minute or two of attacking pressure in the France half, Embolo almost slipping Seferovic into shooting space inside the box, before Freuler's powerful right-wing cross is just too far ahead of the Benfica striker.


At one end, Kimpembe's loose first touch almost gives Switzerland a shooting opportunity for Seferovic on the edge of the France box, but Les Bleus get it clear.

At the other, Seferovic is on hand to head Griezmann's corner away.


Back come France, Benzema chesting down a left-wing cross inside the box before having the ball nicked off his toes just he prepares to pull the trigger. The loose ball falls to Pogba on the edge of the area, but his first-time strike is blocked.


It's an end-to-end start in Bucharest. Benzema jinks his way to the left-hand byline before cutting the ball back into the danger area, but Rodríguez sticks out an exceedingly timely leg and Switzerland get it away.


Switzerland respond by winning a corner of their own, which Ricardo Rodríguez swings in from the left. It's right on Elvedi's head, but he can't get a proper connection on it and Pogba brings it clear.


France immediately create a very decent opening, the unmarked Varane rising highest to head Griezmann's corner over the bar. A free header for the Real Madrid defender.

Peeeep! Underway in the Romanian capital.

Our match referee is the Argentine Fernando Andrés Rapallini.

Teams out in Bucharest!

The teams are out at National Arena Bucharest, where it's anthem time. The Marseillaise is so enjoyable.


What the coaches said: Vladimir Petkovic, Switzerland

Swiss need a helping hand from Les Bleus:

"We need to play to our strengths. Against a side like France, if we both play to 100% of our potential, it won't be enough. They'll have to play to 80% of their potential and we'll need to make the most of it if they do."

(Photo: UEFA / AFP)


Spain await in quarters after winning Copenhagen classic

It's all over at Parken Stadium, where Spain have beaten Croatia 5-3 in an absolute thriller of a game. Álvaro Morata and Mikel Oyarzabal's extra-time goals proved the difference.

Luis Enrique's men will face the winners of France vs Switzerland in St Petersburg on Friday.

Follow the reaction to that Spain win here with Kieran.

(Photo: Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)


What the coaches said: Didier Deschamps, France


“They’re a well-organised side and have good attacking potential with Seferovic, Embolo and Shaqiri. We mustn’t underestimate them and it's a knockout game so we’ll have to do everything we can to ensure we’re smiling at the final whistle.”

Paul Pogba's good form:

“Paul is a complete midfielder. He has so many qualities - he can pass vertically, diagonally, all of this is part of his game. Then, of course, we work on the positioning. It’s not only about playing good passes, it's also about the positioning before the pass. His role is quite free, he's not limited in the attacking approach. If there's a need, he can also go back to win the ball behind.”

(Photo: UEFA / AFP)

Rabiot and Griezmann France

Deschamps goes with back three, Switzerland unchanged

As had been rumoured in the build-up to today's game, France boss Didier Deschamps switches to a back three, bringing Barcelona defender Clément Lenglet in alongside regular centre-back partners Raphäel Varane and Presnel Kimpembe.

Benjamin Pavard returns to the France XI at right wing-back, and with Lucas Hernández and Lucas Digne both injured, midfielder Adrien Rabiot deputises at left wing-back.

Meanwhile, Switzerland are unchanged from the side that beat Turkey.


Spain celebrate goal

Spain in charge in extra time in Copenhagen

Over in Denmark, we've had not one but two goals in the first period of extra time - both for Spain, who've produced a remarkable reaction to being pegged back in the final stages of the 90.

First, the oft-criticised Álvaro Morata boshed in a fine finish, before substitute Mikel Oyarzabal turned home from close range. Luis Enrique's men are - for the second time - within touching distance of a quarter-final place.

Follow Spain vs Croatia live with Kieran

(Photo: Jonathan NACKSTRAND / POOL / AFP)

Switzerland team news

Starting line-up: Sommer, Elvedi, Akanji, Rodríguez, Widmer, Freuler, Xhaka, Zuber, Shaqiri, Seferovic, Embolo

France team news

Starting line-up: Lloris, Varane, Lenglet, Kimpembe, Pavard, Pogba, Kanté, Rabiot, Griezmann, Mbappé, Benzema

Croatia vs Spain live online: scores, stats and updates | Euro 2020

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Croatia vs Spain live online: scores, stats and updates | Euro 2020

You can follow Spain vs Croatia live with Kieran right here. 3-3 it remains in the Danish capital.

France vs Switzerland: preamble (ctd)

As for France, who reached the last 16 by topping Group F, the Group of Death, ahead of Portugal, Germany and Hungary, Les Bleus’ boss Didier Deschamps has warned his side not to “underestimate” Switzerland.

After all, despite their good competitive record against the Swiss, the French have been held in four of the sides’ last five meetings in all competitions.

Deschamps has been dealing with a growing injury list, having seen Ousmane Dembélé ruled out of the rest of the Euros after the matchday-two draw with Hungary, before watching both of his left-backs, Lucas Hernández and Lucas Digne, limp out of Wednesday’s stalemate with Portugal.

With Hernández and Digne out, midfielder Adrien Rabiot is to be pressed into service as a makeshift left wing-back today.

The winners in Bucharest will progress to a quarter-final clash with one of Spain or Croatia in St Petersburg on Friday.

That last-16 clash is being played as we speak, and has gone to extra time under dramatic circumstances: the Spaniards were leading 3-1 with just over five minutes to go in Copenhagen, but goals from Mislav Osric and Mario Pasalic have pulled the Croats level.

France vs Switzerland: preamble

Hello! Welcome to our live coverage of today’s second Euro 2020 last-16 tie, as world champions France take on a Swiss side who are looking to reach the quarter-finals of a major tournament for the first time in over six decades.

Switzerland have become regulars in the knockout stages, reaching the last 16 at Euro 2016 and World Cups 2014 and 2018, but not since they hosted the World Cup in 1954 have they made it to the quarters.

If they’re to end that hoodoo, however, they must get past a team they have never beaten in a competitive match.

Vladimir Petkovic’s men qualified from Group A as one of the four best third-place finishers, Xherdan Shaqiri’s two-goal display earning them an all-important 3-1 win over Turkey in their final first-round match.


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