Hello everyone and welcome along to this live blog for this Monday night’s Euro 2020 last-16 France vs Switzerland match, with the World Cup holders facing a tricky test against Vladimir Petkovic’s side.
France vs Switzerland: 3-3 (4-5 on penalties)
This is the start of our Euro 2020 last-16 live blog for France vs Switzerland. We’ll have build-up right here, before minute-by-minute updates from France vs Switzerland. So, follow along with us!
Switzerland’s shootout hero
Star of the Match: Granit Xhaka
Reactions to France’s Euro 2020 exit
Arsene Wenger on beIN Sports: “I don’t question the team’s spirit. We relied too much on counter-attacking. In this tournament a higher than usual number of goals are being scored in play construction. We showed very little of that all tournament. Switzerland were effective with that.”
Ex-France midfielder Patrick Vieira on ITV: “Missing a penalty, everyone can miss a penalty but tonight we have to give credit to the Swiss team because I strongly believe that the best team won today. The best team deserve to go to the next round and tonight that is the Swiss. It was a poor French national team. There wasn’t any togetherness, there wasn’t any spirit. We didn’t play as a team so we didn’t deserve to go to the next round.”
Bixente Lizerazu on UEFA.com: “We didn’t dominate this game. We totally missed the first half. It was better in the second with Benzema, Mbappe and Griezmann. Credit to the Swiss players, who showed so much mental strength. They remained true to their style. We were not on top physically in this game even though we were a bit fresher in extra time. That was not enough to make a difference. From there it is more of a lottery.”
Roy Keane on ITV: “Switzerland were dead and buried kept fighting, they showed great quality. The French had the game won at 3-1 up. The game was done and dusted. Look at the players celebrating. They have to enjoy these moments. To beat France the world champions. Great night.”
Gary Neville speaking on ITV: “You just knew as Mbappe was walking up. You thought ‘oh no’. He had a couple of moments in Extra Time but its just not gone well for him. He has aspirations of being the best player in the world like Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi but this is a little bump in the road for him. He will come through it. He’s having a tough time in this tournament and its a tough one for him to take as well as his French team. For the Swiss I thought they was the perfect team for France to springboard their assault on this tournament but the Swiss has shocked us all. I am absolutely stunned by what I have seen in the last 120 minutes.”
IT’S OVER: Switzerland are through!
Kylian Mbappe stepped up to take France’s decisive penalty and become the hero, but instead it was Sommer who becomes an instant legend in Switzerland. What a moment for the Swiss. The Euro 2020 favourites are out!
Penalty 10: France… MISS!
Kylian Mbappe stepped up to take France’s decisive penalty, but Yann Sommer is the hero. The Switzerland goalkeeper made a great save to stop the France forward.
Penalty 9: Switzerland… SCORE!
Admir Mehmedi sent Lloris the wrong way. 5-4 to Switzerland. Match point.
Penalty 8: France… SCORE!
Presnel Kimpembe sent his shot into the roof of the netting, with Sommer having no chance. 4-4.
Penalty 7: Switzerland… SCORE!
Ruben Vargas’ effort saw Lloris get a hand on it, but it wasn’t enough. 4-3 to Switzerland.
Penalty 6: France… SCORE!
Marcus Thuram sends it just beyond the reach of Sommer, who guessed the right way. It’s now 3-3.
Penalty 5: Switzerland… SCORE!
Manuel Akanji sends it into the bottom left corner, with Lloris rooted to his post. 3-2 to Switzerland.
Penalty 4: France… SCORE!
Olivier Giroud sends Sommer the wrong way. 2-2.
Penalty 3: Switzerland… SCORE!
Fabian Schar sent Lloris the wrong way, sending it to the right. 2-1 Switzerland.
Penalty 2: France… SCORE!
Paul Pogba sends it into the top left corner, sending Sommer the wrong way. Phenomenal strike.
Penalty 1: Switzerland… SCORE!
Gavranovic sends Lloris the wrong way. Emphatic.
END OF EXTRA TIME: France 3-3 Switzerland
Neither France nor Switzerland were able to find a goal in extra time, so we will go to penalties. It is worth noting that Deschamps has brought off Griezmann and Benzema, who would have been two of the favourites to step up and take a spot-kick.
Minute 29: Sommer stops Giroud
Kimpembe’s floated cross picked out Giroud, whose header was well saved by Sommer. That was a chance for France.
Minute 28: Penalties incoming
It seems like we are going to head to a penalty shootout, unless a hero can step up in these final minutes.
Minute 20: Mbappe misses a great chance
A wonderful pass by Pogba saw Mbappe have a great chance to score as he was basically one on one with Sommer, but the forward allowed it to go across his body and then had a really poor shot with his left foot. After, Mbappe was seen limping.
Minute 19: Mbappe shoots wide
Coman fed the ball back to Mbappe, whose left-footed shot was dragged just wide of Sommer’s goal. The Switzerland goalkeeper could watch it go wide.
Minute 16: The second half is underway
We are into the final 15 minutes of extra time. I wonder if we’ll see a goal…
HALF TIME: France 3-3 Switzerland
There have not been any goals in the first half of extra time. There’s another 15 minutes to go, or otherwise we will go to penalties.
Minute 13: No one wants to lose
France and Switzerland are not creating clear-cut chances, with neither side wanting to lose it at this stage of the match. It will be interesting to see who pushes for a winner in the remainder of extra time.
Minute 4: Sommer prevents Pavard!
Yann Sommer was at his acrobatic best to prevent Pavard, who was free in the box.
Minute 1 (extra time): France kick things off again
Here we go for another 30 minutes. Hopefully it’ll be just as exciting as things were in the Croatia vs Spain match earlier.
FULL TIME: France 3-3 Switzerland
France turned things around in the second half as they went from 1-0 down to 3-1 up, but two late goals from Seferovic and Gavranovic mean that we are going to extra time. What a game!
Minute 90+1: SWITZERLAND EQUALISE!
Christian Fassnacht won the ball back off Pogba as the ball fell to Xhaka, who played a wonderful pass into the path of Gavranovic. He then took one touch, took it away from Kimpembe and fired into the bottom left corner. France 3-3 Switzerland.
Minute 85: Switzerland equalise… but it’s disallowed
Rodriguez’s shot went into the path of Gavranovic, who managed to control it and poke it beyond Lloris, but he was ever so slightly offside. A let off for France.
Minute 81: SWITZERLAND SCORE!
Seferovic was able to get ahead of Varane to head home Mbabu’s cross from the right. Bullet header. France 3-2 Switzerland.
Minute 75: POGBA SCORES FROM DISTANCE!
France worked the ball up towards Switzerland’s box but failed to find a way through, with Benzema’s shot being blocked, but it ended up falling to Paul Pogba, who took a touch before unleashing a wonderful curling effort into the top right corner from 25 yards out. That goal all but secures Les Bleus’ place in the last eight, surely. France 3-1 Switzerland.
Minute 68: Elvedi stops Mbappe
Pogba played a wonderful pass for Mbappe to run on to, but Elvedi did terrifically well to prevent the France forward from getting a shot away at Sommer’s goal.
Minute 59: BENZEMA SCORES AGAIN!
Benzema and France have turned things completely around in a matter of minutes. Griezmann played a one-two with Mbappe just inside the box and then tried to dink Sommer. The Switzerland goalkeeper could only parry the ball to Benzema, who headed home from a yard or so out. France 2-1 Switzerland.
Minute 57: GOAL FOR FRANCE!
Just two minutes and 19 seconds after Rodriguez’s missed penalty, Karim Benzema has equalised for France. Mbappe plays a pass into Benzema, who does a magical first touch before lifting the ball past Sommer. Individual brilliance from Benzema. France 1-1 Switzerland.
Minute 54: Rodriguez’s penalty is saved!
Ricardo Rodriguez aimed his penalty for the bottom left corner, but Hugo Lloris got a strong right hand to it. France are still alive!
Minute 53: The referee points to the spot!
After checking the pitchside VAR monitor, the referee has adjudged that Pavard fouled Zuber. It’s a penalty to Switzerland!
Minute 52: Possible Switzerland penalty
Zuber got away from Pogba and then Pavard, who seemingly fouled the Switzerland wing-back in the area after sliding in, but play has resumed. Presumably VAR will have a look at this.
Minute 49: Varane with goal-saving touch
Embolo got past Kimpembe in the box and fired a cross back across the six-yard box, but Varane was able to get a toe on it to divert the ball away from Seferovic.
Minute 47: Griezmann shoots from distance
Griezmann has looked to test Yann Sommer with a shot from 30 yards out, but it went comfortably wide of the Switzerland goalkeeper’s post. A sign of intent from France, nonetheless.
Minute 46: Change for France ahead of second half
Deschamps has brought off Lenglet, who was at fault for Switzerland’s goal, and replaced him with winger Kinsley Coman. It seems that Rabiot will play at left-back, with Kimpembe joining Varane at centre-back.
HALF TIME: France 0-1 Switzerland
Les Bleus go into the half-time break trailing 1-0 thanks to an excellent Seferovic header, although Lenglet’s defending on the goal was questionable to say the least. Deschamps’ decision to switch to a three-man defence has not freed things up in attack for France either, as Griezmann, Mbappe and Benzema have failed to make their mark on the game. Switzerland, for what it’s worth, have defended very well and have looked threatening from dead-ball situations.
Minute 37: France change formation
France have reverted to a four-man defence, with the back four now consisting of Benjamin Pavard at right-back, Clement Lenglet and Raphael Varane in the middle, and Presnel Kimpembe out of position at left-back. Deschamps’ experiment has not worked.
Minute 31: Embolo doesn’t connect well enough with header
Shaqiri’s free-kick cross from the left landed on the head of Embolo, but the Switzerland forward failed to get a strong enough contact on the ball.
Minute 28: Rabiot shoots just wide
Rabiot tested his range from distance and fired a well-hit left-footed shot which flew just whiskers wide of the right post. France have not been able to carve open Switzerland as much as they would have liked in these opening 28 minutes.
Minute 22: Close chance for France
Rabiot got forward from left wing-back but saw his cross go right across the face of goal, with Mbappe missing it by a matter of inches. France seem quite calm, but they need to go up a gear if they are to get back into this match.
Minute 15: SWITZERLAND TAKE THE LEAD!
Zuber’s floated cross from the left allowed Seferovic to rise above Lenglet and direct his header into the bottom corner. France 0-1 Switzerland.
Minute 12: Switzerland growing into the match
France are continuing to pose plenty of problems when they get forward, but Switzerland are dealing with it well and are creating chances of their own.
Minute 7: All France early on
Switzerland are already struggling somewhat with France’s front two of Karim Benzema and Kylian Mbappe, as well as the late midfield runs of Paul Pogba. It will be interesting to see if they make any alterations.
Minute 1: Switzerland get us underway
The second last-16 tie of the night has begun, with Switzerland kicking things off in Budapest.
20:45 CEST: Who will the winner face?
After Spain’s 5-3 victory against Croatia in extra time, the winner of France vs Switzerland will face La Roja in the last eight.
20:30 CEST: France’s recent record vs Switzerland
France have an impressive recent record against Switzerland and they will be determined to keep that up in their search of a World Cup-European Championship double. Tonight’s match in Bucharest is unlikely to be easy, though.
20:00 CEST: No changes for Switzerland
Vladimir Petkovic has opted for the same starting line-up that saw Switzerland beat Turkey 3-1 in the final group-stage match.
Switzerland’s XI vs France: Yann Sommer; Silvan Widmer, Nico Elvedi, Manuel Akanji, Ricardo Rodriguez, Steven Zuber; Remo Freuler, Granit Xhaka; Xherdan Shaqiri; Haris Seferovic, Breel Embolo.
19:45 CEST: Deschamps changes formation
France’s injury woes at left-back have resulted in Didier Deschamps making a tactical switch, with Adrien Rabiot set to fill in as a left wing-back in a new three/five-man defence system. Clement Lenglet is the player that comes into the side in place of the injured Lucas Hernandez.
France’s XI vs Switzerland: Hugo Lloris; Benjamin Pavard, Raphael Varane, Clement Lenglet, Presnel Kimpembe, Adrien Rabiot; Paul Pogba, N’Golo Kante; Antoine Griezmann; Karim Benzema, Kylian Mbappe.
18:45 CEST: Can France repeat Euro 2004 feat?
France beat Switzerland 3-1 at Euro 2004 in Portugal, with Thierry Henry scoring twice and Zinedine Zidane grabbing the other. Can Karim Benzema or Kylian Mbappe step up for Les Bleus tonight?
18:15 CEST: France vs Switzerland predicted line-ups
There is expected to be a change of formation for France as they switch to a three-man defence and have Karim Benzema and Kylian Mbappe more as a front two, with Antoine Griezmann playing deeper. It is thought that Switzerland will opt for the same shape.
17:45 CEST: How to watch France vs Switzerland
Millions around the world will likely be tuning in to see whether Les Bleus can take another step towards the Euro 2020 final by booking their place in the quarter-finals, but Switzerland will not make it easy for them. If you’re wondering how to watch the France vs Switzerland match, in Spain it is being shown on TeleCinco, in England it is on ITV and in the USA it is on ESPN.