After the 1-1 draw, Unai Simon made two saves in penalty shoot-outs to maintain Spain’s record-setting fourth European championship.
Goalkeeper Unai Simon saved two penalty kicks. Spain defeated 10 Swiss in the penalty shootout 3-1 to ensure a place in the 2020 European Cup semi-finals.
In a 1-1 draw in St. Petersburg on Friday, after the Swiss played 43 minutes solo, Simon made two saves in penalty shoot-outs, helping Spain maintain a record fourth European title.
This is heartbreaking for Switzerland, who participated in the semifinals of a major event for the first time in history.
When Denis Zakaria passed his goal, Spain took the lead early, but the Swiss team has been the better side for a long time, and Granit Xhaka, who was suspended from the bench, was replaced. Captain Xherdan Shaqiri equalized the score in the 68th minute.
However, with 13 minutes remaining in the game, the Swiss was reduced to 10, when midfielder Remo Floyer was controversially fired for a tackle against Gerard Moreno.
Swiss goalkeeper Yann Sommer was the hero who defeated world champion France in the past 16 penalties and made a series of brilliant saves in overtime.
But Simon was rescued from Fabian Scheer and Manuel Akanji, and Ruben Vargas shined with Spain’s intrusion in a tense ending, Mikel Oyazabal Score the winning penalty into the home court.
Spain will enter the semifinals against Belgium or Italy at Wembley on Tuesday.
After scoring 10 goals in the first two games, this is back to Spain’s splurge performance against Sweden and Poland in the first two group games.
But the 2008 and 2012 champions made a fantastic start in this quarter-final, taking the lead with luck in only the 8th minute.
A corner kick was only passed to Jordi Alba, and his left-foot volley was transferred to Summer by Swiss midfielder Zakaria, only to replace Zaka.
This is the 10th own goal in the 2020 European Cup, surpassing the sum of the other 15 versions.
Alvaro Morata was too close to Sommer unmarked, wasting a great opportunity, but then Switzerland began to integrate into the game.
Silvan Widmer scored with a header from a corner kick. Steven Zuber thought he had won a penalty but was sentenced to offside.
Spain coach Luis Enrique replaced Pablo Sarabia with Danny Olmo at the end of halftime. The Leipzig Red Bull was threatened within 60 seconds and saw his low shot being well controlled by Sommer Living.
When his header was narrow, Zakaria painfully approached to make up for his earlier goal.
The Swiss team had a better chance to equalize in the 64th minute, as Shaqiri triggered a quick counterattack. In the end, Spanish goalkeeper Simon reacted well and blocked Zuber’s stabbing at the near post.
But the weak team found the equalizer they deserved four minutes later, as Floyer locked a loose ball after Spain’s defensive chaos and allowed Shaqiri into the far corner and scored his third The game scored.
However, the game’s pattern changed in the 77th minute, when referee Michael Oliver gave Floyer the order to move when he challenged Spain’s substitute Moreno with a sliding challenge.
Switzerland managed to keep Spain out of the gate with relative ease until the end of normal time, but in the third minute of the extra half an hour, Moreno was supposed to regain the lead, only to stagger Alba’s cross from close range.
Switzerland may be lucky that no other man was sent off shortly after Widmer was awarded a second yellow card for his cynicism against Olmo.
Moreno somehow missed another once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Before the goalkeeper of Monchengladbach was saved by Oyazabal, Summer was rejected in a close range.
Sommer made 8 saves in overtime alone, but his saves in Rodri’s penalty shootout were not enough, even though Sergio Busquets also hit the goal post because Switzerland missed four. Three of the penalties.