Spain Through To Euro 2020 Semis Via Penalties Against 10-Man Switzerland

Spain beat 10-man Switzerland 1-1 (3-1 on penalties) to advance to the Euro 2020 semi-finals.

It was Spain who opened the scoring early on with another own goal, the 10th of Euro 2020.

While Spain enjoyed the lion's share of possession just as they have for the majority of their matches at Euro 2020, they couldn't increase their advantage.

Switzerland was livelier to start the second than they were at any point in the first half with wave after wave of attacking.

They were rewarded for their efforts in the 68th after some miscommunication in the Spanish backline.

Following a mix-up between Pau Torres and Aymeric Laporte in the Spanish area, Remo Freuler pounced on a loose ball and found Xherdan Shaqiri to slot home an equalizer at 1-1.

Switzerland's joy would be short-lived, though, after Freuler was sent off in the 78th, leaving the Swiss on 10 men.

Freuler's dismissal was the sixth of Euro 2020.

The game went on to extra time and the Swiss didn't offer anything going forward, having not had a shot on goal since Freuler's goal.

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On penalties, Unai Simon outdueled Sommer, stopping two efforts with a third clearing the bar. Sommer made one save and Spain captain Sergio Busquets hit the post with the first penalty taken.

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