Euro 2020 Round-Up: World Cup champions France dumped out on penalties as Spain battle past Croatia

Mon, Jun 28 2021
Alvaro Morata of Spain celebrates after scoring their side's fourth goal during the UEFA Euro 2020 Championship Round of 16 match between Croatia and Spain at Parken Stadium on June 28, 2021 in Copenhagen, Denmark

Alvaro Morata of Spain celebrates after scoring their side's fourth goal during the UEFA Euro 2020 Championship Round of 16 match between Croatia and Spain at Parken Stadium on June 28, 2021 in Copenhagen, Denmark Credit: Photo by Oliver Hardt - UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images

World Cup champions France were knocked out of Euro 2020 after losing on penalties to Switzerland.

Didier Deschamps’ side were seen off on penalties against the Swiss – with PSG forward Kylian Mbappe missing his effort from the spot.

His penalty was batted away by Swiss keeper Yann Sommer to hand Switzerland a famous win in Bucharest.

But that was not the only bit of drama from Romania – with both teams sharing three goals apiece in a pulsating 90 minutes.

Haris Seferovic handed the Swiss a first-half before a brace from Karim Benzema put the French 2-1 up on the hour mark.

Benzema’s brace came shortly after Hugo Lloris denied Ricardo Rodriguez from the spot.

Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba then curled his effort into the top corner to make it 3-1 before a gallant Switzerland fought back.

Seferovic halved the deficit in the 81st minute before Mario Gavranovic then levelled the game in injury time – with penalties the end result on a famous night for the Swiss.

There was just as much drama in Copenhagen as Spain eventually won 5-3 against Croatia.

The Croats in fact took the lead thanks to a scarely believable own-goal, before they would then race into a 3-1 lead with just over ten minutes to play.

But Croatia roared back into the contest – scoring in the 85th and 92nd minute to bring the game to extra-time.

However, Spain would not wilt and they eventually pulled clear thanks to goals from Alvaro Morata and Mikel Oyarzabal to clinch their place in the last-eight.

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