The Spaniards saw the beginning of sweet dreams in western Russia. A skewed corner kick landed at Jordi Alba’s feet, and her shot ended through Dennis Zakaria’s leg behind a desperate Jan Sommer. Luis Enrique’s team quickly took the lead without creating any real chances.
By the way, it was not so for the Swiss. After only half an hour, the team that participated in the eighth final match seemed to lose a bit. She was more frequent near goalkeeper Unai Simon and collected a handful of corner kicks. From this standpoint, the Swiss players were steadily (well) heading toward the enemy’s target.
After the break, the Swiss got into the match better and Spain escaped with an equaliser twice. First, the unfortunate Zacharias had a header away, while moments later Steven Zuber was unable to climb 1-1 with a clever pass from Ruben Vargas.
A frantic moment in the Spanish defense eventually led to a 1-1 result for Switzerland. Aymeric Laporte hit the ball against teammate Pau Torres, so that the ball ended up at the feet of Remo Froeller. Xherdan served Shaqiri who hit the far corner.
Referee Michael Oliver gave red to the invisible Remo Freuler.
A little later, the Swiss had to continue with ten men, when referee Michael Oliver punished a zip by Freuler in red. After that, Vladimir Petkovic’s team had little left to go beyond the ninety minutes unharmed. It worked, and as a result an extension arrived for the Swiss for the second time in five days.
In that remaining time, Spain was of course the most insistent. However, Enrique’s formation repeatedly bit himself at Sommer, who, among other things, had a great response to a shot from Gerard Moreno. Alba also hit the goalkeeper once on his way, while Dani Olmo was unable to help Spain recover 2-1.
In the necessary penalty shootout, it looked like he was leading the Swiss side again, with Sergio Busquets missing the first Spanish penalty and Mario Gavranovic helping the Swiss to take the lead. But despite the progress, the team couldn’t pull off another trick. At least three Swiss (Fabian Scherr, Manuel Akanji and Ruben Vargas) missed, after which Mikel Oyarzabal eventually fired the Spaniards to Wembley.
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