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Strong contenders France collapsed in the round of 16. In particular, ‘ace’ Kylian Mbappe lost due to a penalty shootout, which added to the shock.
France lost 4-5 on penalties after a 3-3 draw with Switzerland in overtime in the Euro 2020 round of 16 match held at the National Arena in Bucharest, Romania on the 29th (Korean time). France, who passed 1st place in Group F, which was called ‘Group of Death’, was caught behind by Switzerland, who struggled to enter the tournament with a wild card. After winning the 2018 World Cup in Russia, France’s goal of winning another major event was also in vain.
On the other hand, Switzerland defeated France for the first time in a major tournament and reached the quarterfinals of the major tournament for the first time in 67 years since the World Cup held in their home country in 1954.
The match between the two teams was so exciting that we couldn’t take our eyes off of it.
Switzerland took the lead. In the 15th minute of the first half, Harris Seperovic jumped from the left side of the penalty box in front of the goal and split the net with his head.
France fell 0-1 in the first half, scoring three goals in the middle of the second half and seemed to decide the match. In the 12th minute of the second half, Karim Benzema exquisitely caught Kylian Mbappe’s penetration pass and pushed it in with his left foot to balance it out. Two minutes later, Antoine Griezmann’s shot hit the opposing goalkeeper’s hand and flowed backward, and Benzema scored again with the head. succeeded in France gained momentum and fled 3-1 with Paul Pogba’s powerful mid-range shot in the 30th minute of the second half.
Up until this point, no one doubted the French victory. But the Swiss counterattack was bitter. In the midst of a total offensive, Ceferovic’s save goal in the 36th minute saved the fire, and Mario Gabranovic’s dramatic equalizer came in the 45th minute of the second half.
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The two teams went into a penalty shoot-out after overtime ended without a goal.
The only loser in the five-man penalty shootout was France’s last kicker, Mbappe. Mbappe’s kick fell into the hands of the Swiss goalie, ending the 120-minute bloody battle. Mbappe, who was expected to lead France to the top, did not score a single goal in this competition. Mbappe tweeted after the match, “I’m sorry I couldn’t score. He wanted to help the national team, but failed. I don’t think I can sleep,” he said bitterly.
Meanwhile, in another round of 16, Spain beat Croatia 5-3 after extra time. Spain and Switzerland will face off on the 3rd of next month for tickets to the quarterfinals.
Spain advanced 3-1 in the 40th minute of the second half and allowed a series of goals in extra time to go into overtime. Spain took the lead again with Alvaro Morata’s goal in the 10th minute of extra time, and Mikel Oyarzabal’s additional goal 3 minutes later broke Croatia’s will to pursue.
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