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The first quarter-finals will see Switzerland take on Spain. Surprise winners against France, Switzerland will do their best to beat the Spaniards who will be the favourites thanks to their newfound spirit.
Match info, statics and live score
Before the Match: Switzerland – Spain
The Swiss had a tough game against France. However, they came back from 3-1 down and held on during extra time before winning on penalties, thanks to them scoring five out of five and Sommer saving Mbappé’s attempt.
Spain struggled against the valiant Croatian team and they fought through to extra time in order to succeed. However, they must not repeat the same game in the quarter-finals or they will be eliminated. Morata will have to really apply himself to finally score.
Switzerland vs Spain: Match Analysis
Switzerland: The Other Football Country
It was a surprising match but it might have just been the best match we’ve seen during this Euro. A flimsy French side and some poor tactical choices by Deschamps allowed their neighbours to finally achieve the feat they had been waiting for at a major football event.
The Nati could find another boost to excel and aim for an unprecedented semi-final.
Spain: Should we fear the awakening?
The Spaniards seem to be getting stronger as the tournament progresses. If they were mocked for their sterile play against Sweden, that is no longer the case. Luis Enrique’s side won 5-0 against Slovakia in their final group game and have been gaining even more confidence since then.
Against Croatia, they conceded the first goal before recovering to score three. It was thought that they were safe but the Croatians came back to 3-3. It was during extra time that La Roja accelerated and secured their victory against a tired Croatia. This extra time could be a big factor in their next match in the competition.
Last matches between Switzerland and Spain
For the last four matches, the status quo has been one win each and two draws. Only Switzerland has won in competition (Group H in the 2010 World Cup). Statistically, they could be favourites, but Spain is riding a positive wave and seems to have become aware of their talent.
Switzerland and Spain’s Squads
Few players will be absent for this match unless there are injuries.
Probable Line-ups: Switzerland vs Spain
Here are the probable lineups for this Euro 2021 quarter-final match between Switzerland and Spain.
Switzerland’s Probable Composition
- Goalkeeper: Sommer
- Defenders: Elvedi, Akanji, Rodriguez
- Midfielders: Widmer, Freuler, Xhaka, Zuber
- Forwards: Shaqiri – Seferovic, Embolo
Spain’s Probable Composition
- Goalkeepers: Simon
- Defenders: Alba, Garcia, Laporte, Llorente
- Midfielders: Pedri, Thiago, Rodri
- Forwards: Olmo, Morata, Moreno