A nerve-shredding penalty shoot-out victory after a shocking common time comeback towards reigning world champions France on Monday noticed Switzerland progress to the quarter-finals for the primary time in 5 Euro appearances. Nonetheless, they’ll begin once more as underdogs right here on the Gazprom Environment in Saint Petersburg, and justifiably so after shedding their earlier three such video games in main match motion (WC 1934, 1938, and 1954).
This will probably be Switzerland and Spain’s fourth assembly at a serious match, however the first-ever at a European Championship. While the Swiss gained the newest (World Cup 2010), if this match goes as broadly anticipated, the primary ‘nail’ in Switzerland’s coffin may very well be fast to reach, as 9 of Switzerland’s earlier 12 aggressive matches (excluding walkovers) witnessed the opening purpose scored inside quarter-hour.
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Spain was concerned in their very own pulsating Spherical of 16 fixture, successful 5-3 after extra-time vs 2018 World Cup runners-up Croatia, changing into the primary workforce in Euro finals historical past to attain over 4.5 workforce targets in consecutive matches. One other win right here would set them on target to turn out to be European champions for the fourth time, particularly as ‘La Roja’ has lifted the trophy each time they’ve gained their quarter-final sport (1964, 2008, and 2012).
Luis Enrique’s males are actually unbeaten in 12 internationals (W5, D7 – 90 minutes) and have conceded simply as soon as earlier than HT of their earlier seven. The H2H historical past makes for constructive studying too, as Spain has misplaced simply one among 22 conferences with Switzerland (W16, D5).
Gamers to look at: Switzerland has scored three targets in every of the final 4 internationals to see Haris Seferović get on the scoresheet. Whereas Pablo Sarabia and Ferran Torres have scored in Spain’s final two Euro outings, no Spanish participant has ever discovered the online in three consecutive video games on this competitor.
Sizzling streak: The three most up-to-date H2Hs all witnessed the opening purpose scored inside half-hour.
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Referee: Oliver M. (Eng), Venue: Gazprom Environment (Saint Petersburg)
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