Spain vs Switzerland EURO LIVE Football Score 2 Jul 2021
ABOUT THE MATCH
Switzerland is going head to head with Spain starting on 2 Jul 2021 at 16:00 UTC at Gazprom Arena stadium, Saint Petersburg city, Russia. The match is a part of the European Championship, Knockout stage.
Fresh from eliminating tournament favourites France in the round of 16, Switzerland will attempt to advance to the final four of Euro 2020 when they face Spain in St Petersburg on Friday night. Switzerland shocked France on penalties to secure their spot in the quarter-finals, while Spain beat Croatia 5-3 after extra-time to progress to the final eight of this summer’s European Championship.
Switzerland were unquestionably the underdogs heading into their last-16 clash with France, and it did appear that they were heading out when Paul Pogba made it 3-1 to the world champions in the 75th minute.Haris Seferovic scored his second of the match in the 81st minute, though, before Mario Gavranovic netted in the final minute to level the scores, and Switzerland ultimately won penalties when Kylian Mbappe missed his effort, sparking jubilant scenes among the players, staff and supporters.
La Nati have now reached the quarter-finals of the European Championship for the first time in their history, and they have only needed to win one game in normal time, which came against Turkey in their final group fixture, having opened their tournament with a draw with Wales and a defeat to Italy. Vladimir Petkovic’s team will be in a confident mood following their success over France, but Switzerland have only won one of their last 22 fixtures with Spain, suffering 16 defeats in the process.
A-Team have now only lost one of their last 11 matches in all competitions, though, and a victory on Friday would represent their best ever performance in a major competition, having previously reached the quarter-finals of the World Cup in 1934, 1938 and 1954.
Spain, meanwhile, advanced to the quarter-finals courtesy of a 5-3 success over Croatia, and it was another stunning match at the European Championship, with La Roja almost throwing the match away.
Enrique’s side took a 3-1 lead in the 77th minute of the contest when Ferran Torres registered, but Croatia scored twice in the final five minutes to force extra-time; there was no penalty shootout, though, as Alvaro Morata and Mikel Oyarzabal both registered in the additional 30 minutes.
Spain have not been at their best this summer, drawing their first two fixtures with Sweden and Poland, but they put five goals past Slovakia in their final group match before scoring another five against Croatia, and La Roja must be taken seriously in this competition due to the other sides that have been eliminated.
Spain are bidding to win the European Championship for the fourth time, which would make them the most successful team in the competition, passing Germany’s three trophies; it is nine years since their last European Championship success, but they are now on the verge of reaching the final four once again.
Enrique’s side have actually lost five of their previous eight quarter-finals in this competition, although each time the national team have won their quarter-final, they have gone on to win the trophy, and a win on Friday would see them take on either Italy or Belgium in a mouthwatering semi-final on Tuesday night.