Fifteen minutes before the end, Switzerland had to carry on with ten men, after sending Remo Frueller into the dressing room with a questionable red card. Spain insisted, but several times faced the exceptionally strong goalkeeper Sommer. The Borussia Monchengladbach goalkeeper came with one save after another and was a thorn in the Spanish side. The Swiss saved at least ten times and also stopped a penalty kick.
However, it turns out that it is not enough. No less than three Swiss (Fabien Scherr, Manuel Akanji and Robin Vargas) missed a penalty, after which Mikel Oyarzabal eventually fired the Spaniards to Wembley. Sumer left disappointed and then fought back in conversation with him SRF against tears.
“I am very proud of the team and the technical staff for our performance in this tournament. We knew we were going to have tough times, especially after the red card. But we did well. Unfortunately we couldn’t finish it in the penalty shootout. The tournament is full of emotions, but I come home proud.”
Spanish goalkeeper Unai Simon also noted that Sommer made a number of great saves. The Spaniard was named Man of the Match by UEFA after the quarter-finals, but felt the honor should indeed go to his Swiss teammate. “I will give the award to Sommer, because he scored great results for 120 minutes. Thanks to him, the match had to be decided from eleven metres.”
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