Bucharest –

Spectacular culmination of a wild round of 16 evening at the EM 2021: After Spain’s 5-3 victory over Croatia, France and Switzerland also fought a thrilling fight on Monday evening (June 28), in which the world champion on penalties after a missed shot of his mega -Stars Kylian Mbappé (22) surprisingly got the short straw 4-5.

  • EM 2021: Switzerland defeated France in the round of 16
  • Switzerland throws the world champion out on penalties
  • Later Swiss compensation forces extension

Switzerland went into the break with a deserved 1-0, but missed a penalty after starting again – and was then punished coldly. But even on the interim 1: 3 deficit, the Confederates still had an answer, forcing France with two late goals with the 3: 3 into extra time and then into penalties. Borussia Mönchengladbach’s keeper Yann Sommer (32) became a great hero there.

Yann Sommer’s saved penalty leads Switzerland to victory against France

“To be honest: I’m still standing a bit next to me. It was an incredible evening of football. Today we left everything we had inside of us on the pitch. I’m incredibly proud of this team, ”said Matchwinner Sommer.

Thanks to their goalkeeper, Switzerland made it into the quarter-finals for the first time when they played for the fifth time. In 2016, the “Nati” failed in the 4-5 win against Poland from the point of jumping into the top eight.

EM 2021: Switzerland surprisingly takes the lead against France

The “Nati” counted on five German legionnaires in their starting eleven with Sommer as well as Nico Elvedi (24), Manuel Akanji (25), Steven Zuber (29) and Breel Embolo (24), plus Ricardo Rodríguez, Granit Xhaka (28) , Xherdan Shakiri (29) and Haris Seferovic (29) four other players with Bundesliga experience.

The surprising Swiss lead after a quarter of an hour was accordingly a goal full of Bundesliga power: Frankfurt’s Zuber crossed from the left into the penalty area, there found the former Frankfurt Seferovic, who headed in from eight meters.

Haris Seferovic marked the surprising lead in Switzerland’s European Championship match against Spain on June 28 in Bucharest.

The goal hit the team of coach Didier Deschamps (52) ice cold: France looked shaky in the back despite the newly set up five-man chain. “The start-up behavior is simply bad,” ZDF expert Sandro Wagner (33) criticized the defensive performance of the “Equipe Tricolore”.

But the highly decorated offensive with the storm stars Mbappé, Antoine Griezmann (30) and Karim Benzema (33) didn’t even start rolling until the break and hardly found its way to the goal against well-adjusted Swiss.

Ricardo Rodríguez misses a penalty against France

World champion coach Deschamps reacted at halftime with the offensive substitution of Kingsley Coman (25) for central defender Clément Lenglet (26). But the stormy start was again made by the Swiss: Zuber again hurried to Benjamin Pavard (25), who cleared him from the edge of the box.

Hugo Lloris saves a Ricardo Rodríguez penalty

Brilliant deed! France’s goalkeeper Hugo Lloris parried a penalty from Swiss Ricardo Rodríguez in the 55th minute when the score was 0: 1 – and kept his team in the game against the Swiss in the European Championship round of 16.

After the video referee intervened, Switzerland was awarded a penalty. The very big chance to make it 2-0 in minute 54, but Ricardo Rodríguez showed nerves and failed to France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris (34).

Switzerland misses penalties, France turns the European Championship game at lightning speed

And the left-back’s nervous weakness was punished coldly. Because France had heard the warning shot, turned it up in a flash and suddenly flashed its individual class.

From the possible 0: 2, the favorite made a 2: 1 within a few minutes thanks to a Benzema double strike. First the Real striker pushed in after an outstanding ball acceptance alone before summer (57th), 102 seconds later he completed a strong combination with a header from close range – Rodríguez could no longer butt him at the end.

Karim Benzema heads in France's European Championship game against Switzerland on June 28 to make it 2-1, Ricardo Rodríguez is too late.

Karim Benzema headed 2-1 in France’s European Championship game against Switzerland on June 28, Ricardo Rodríguez came too late.

Switzerland was suddenly challenged for the last half hour, but could not keep up with the strengthened French at first. Paul Pogba (28) made the alleged decision 15 minutes before the end with a fantastic flick from 20 meters into the corner, but then it got dramatic.

Switzerland will force an extension against France

First Seferovic brought new tension into the game with his second goal (81st), then Switzerland cheered in the 90th minute over the 3: 3 by Joker Mario Gavranovic (31), who had scored an offside goal minutes earlier. Renewal!

Mario Gavranovic scores the last minute equalizer in the European Championship round of 16 against France

What a crazy end to the regular 90 minutes: Mario Gavranovic (front) scored the last minute equalizer against France in the 90th minute of the European Championship round of 16 for Switzerland and shot his team into extra time.

Because Switzerland was doing well there too, France’s nerves were on edge. In the first round of extra time, Coman stayed on the grass after finishing the outside netting, grabbing his right thigh. Gladbach’s Marcus Thuram (23) got ready outside. But Coman wanted to continue after a heated dispute with a team supervisor. During the break, Deschamps wanted to know what was going on from the Bayern star. But apparently he couldn’t give his coach a satisfactory answer.

A battle of words ensued, team-mate Paul Pogba (28) even had to intervene! The result of the dispute: Coman continued playing. But in the 111th minute, the French coach had the faxes thick: He brought Coman off the field – and gave Thuram his European Championship debut in the fourth international match.

With the Gladbach player, France pushed the pace once again and absolutely wanted to avoid the penalty shoot-out – in vain. So it went to the decision at the penalty spot.

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Last-minute hero Gavranovic was the first to compete for Switzerland – and nailed the ball in the top left. But Pogba also kept his nerve afterwards, sank also worth seeing in the upper left corner. Fabian Schär was unimpressed and casually slid in to the right. But even the substitute Olivier Giroud could not be disturbed, sank confidently – again on the right.

The next shooter for the Swiss: BVB professional Manuel Akanji. And as a defender he proved really chutzpah, delayed – and hit the bottom left. But again the French had an answer: Thuram also scored 3: 3 at the bottom left. Augsburg professional Ruben Vargas was then lucky: Lloris was on his full shot with his fingertips, but could not prevent the impact – 4: 3.

But defender Presnel Kimpembe also ran – and sank in a strong manner. But no problem for the experienced Wolfsburg professional Admir Mehmedi: he also converted his penalty.

Then Mbappé stepped to the point – and of all people, the Parisian superstar’s nerves failed! Sommer sensed the corner, put out his left paw – and scratched the ball away.

EM 2021: Yann Sommer parries Kylian Mbappé's penalty

The decision in the EM thriller between France and Switzerland: Yann Sommer parries Kylian Mbappé’s penalty and thus throws the world champion out of the tournament.

What a brilliant act by the Gladbach goalkeeper, which brought Switzerland into the EM quarter-finals against Spain in St. Petersburg on Friday (June 2nd).

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