This gave Switzerland a 5-4 penalty shootout victory over World Cup champions France on Monday (Tuesday at IST) and a place in the quarterfinals of a major tournament for the first time in 67 years. The match ended 3-3 at the end of extra time. Sommer dove to his right to save the final penalty for young French striker Kylian Mbappe.
Sommer, who flew to Germany after the team’s 3-0 loss to Italy, made the decisive save on the 10th penalty after the previous nine were all successful. “I think we left everything on the pitch,” Sommer said. “I am incredibly proud of this team. It was our chance to finally make it through the round of 16. We played with heart and character. The Swiss will then face Spain in St. Petersburg on Friday. The Switzerland-France match was the third Euro 2020 round of 16 game to go into extra time, but the first to be decided by penalties. Haris Seferovic put Switzerland in the lead with a 15th-minute header as France struggled to settle into the game.
But everything changed at the start of the second half when Switzerland received a penalty. France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, team captain, saved Ricardo Rodriguez’s shot on goal in the 55th minute, which seemed to wake up his teammates.
Forward Karim Benzema scored moments later in the 57th minute and then again in the 59th to give France the early lead. Paul Pogba made it 3-1 in the 75th minute with a superb right-footed shot from 20 yards and it looked like the game was out of reach. But as quickly as France had resumed the match, they let go.
Seferovic scored another header in the 81st minute while substitute Mario Gavranovic made it 3-3 with just a few seconds left in regulation time.
Results: France 3 (Karim Benzema 57 ‘& 59’, Paul Pogba 75 ‘) drew with Switzerland 3 (Haris Seferovic 15’ & 81 ‘, Mario Gavranovic 90’) Switzerland won 5-4 on penalties ; Croatia 3 (Pedri 20 ‘(OG), Mislav Orsic 85’, Mario Pasalic 90 + 2 ‘) lost against Spain 5 (Pablo Sarabia 38’, Cesar Azpilicueta 57 ‘, Ferran Torres 77’, Alvaro Morata 100 ‘, Mikel Oyarzabal 103 ”)