Tournament favorite France is out of the European Football Championship, and that already in the eighth finals. Fifteen minutes before the end, the world champion had everything under control after a comeback in the second half. Seferovic and Gavranovic gave Switzerland extra extensions, in which no goals were scored. In the decisive penalty shootout, Kylian Mbappé was the only one to miss from the spot.
Seferovic humiliates Lenglet and by extension all of France
World champion and vice-European champion France seemed to be in for a bite with Switzerland. The Swiss could not convince in their group and got 3 to the ears against Italy. A new pandoering seemed in the making, but those French goals weren’t going to make themselves.
Kylian Mbappe was clearly much discussed in the Swiss dressing room. Again and again the Swiss net closed around him. As a result, the danger had to come from someone else, but that was not a Frenchman. On the other side, assist machine Zuber curled the ball perfectly on Seferovic’s marble, who ridiculed Lenglet and nodded the 0-1 on the backboard.
There was no French response. They didn’t get much further than a shot and a cross from Rabiot, and they went wide or far over the head of Benzema. Once Mbappé escaped from Elvedi’s pocket, but the ensuing shot went wide. For example, the French rooster went to rest with a firm tomcat.
The French defense nullifies Pogba and Benzema’s masterclass
The second half was barely five minutes away when the Swiss and the French claimed a penalty. In the end, the VAR penalty went to the Swiss after a wild tackle by Pavard. The last three eleven meters of Switzerland were missed by Rodriguez, but he still went behind the ball. The ball went low to the left corner, but so did Lloris.
In France they realized they had crawled through the eye of the needle and so the accelerator pedal had to be pressed deeply. In two minutes, Benzema kicked the French on and over the Swiss. They seemed to be going 0-2, but were suddenly 2-1 behind. From heaven to hell she was rarely appropriate.
The blue shirts went back into their familiar saving mode and when Pogba put a gem in the square 15 minutes before time, the fate of the Swiss seemed to be settled. Yet the French again showed mercy, because when Mbabu threw the ball in front of goal 5 minutes later, Seferovic was also allowed to head in his second of the evening undisturbed.
That 2-3 fueled the Swiss pilot flame a bit. Had the Swiss seen the Croats’ comeback earlier that evening? Yes of course! And who else but Gavranovic, a half Croat, takes the umpteenth French present in thanks? Xhaka’s pass cut like a knife through butter and Gavranovic easily tricked Lloris.
Godenkind Mbappé is the only one to miss in the penalty shootout
We played football for half an hour longer. It didn’t take long before Sommer was put to work by Pavard and on the other side Varane had to clear Mbabu’s cross with three Swiss at his back. Even Mbappe was too tired to take his chance between the posts and then you know what time it is. The fear of losing outweighed the will to score on both sides, so we went on penalties.
In the penalty series, the level is very high. Only Lloris was half-handed on Vargas’ penalty, but that turned out not to be enough. At 5-4 all the pressure fell on the shoulders of the 22-year-old godchild Mbappé. The ball went to the left, Yann Sommer dived in the same direction and so the fate of the world champion was sealed. Not one of the big favorites, but underdog Switzerland treats itself to a quarterfinal against Spain.