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Euro 2020: Spain knock Switzerland out 3-1 on penalties to reach semi-finals

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Luis Enrique’s men will take on either Belgium or Italy, who meet in Munich later Friday, at Wembley on Tuesday
23:09, 2 July 2021

UEFA.COM

Spain became the first team to progress to the semifinals of the UEFA Euro 2020 after beating Switzerland 3-1 on penalties in St Petersburg on Friday.

Spain had taken the lead in the eighth minute when Jordi Alba’s shot from outside the box was deflected by unlucky Denis Zakaria into Yam Sommer's net. But the Swiss equalized when Xherdan Shaqiri took advantage of a defensive mix-up in the 68th.

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The Swiss were reduced to 10 men with 13 minutes remaining, though, when midfielder Remo Freuler was controversially dismissed for a tackle on Gerard Moreno.

Switzerland goalkeeper Yann Sommer, the hero of the penalty shoot-out win over world champions France in the last 16, made a string of fine saves in extra time.

But Simon saved from Fabian Schaer and Manuel Akanji, while Ruben Vargas blazed over in a tense finale as Spain snuck through, with Mikel Oyarzabal smashing home the winning spot-kick.

Luis Enrique’s men will take on either Belgium or Italy, who meet in Munich later Friday, at Wembley on Tuesday.

Related: Quarter-final of Euro 2020: Belgium stands against Italy

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