France, a strong contender for the European Championship (Euro 2020), was eliminated in the round of 16 after a penalty shootout.
France lost 4-5 on penalties after a 3-3 draw against Switzerland in the round of 16 at the National Arena in Bucharest, Romania on the 29th (Korean time). As a result, France passed Group F, which was considered the ‘group of death’, in the first place in the preliminary round, but was eliminated prematurely by Switzerland, who struggled to reach the round of 16 as a wild card.
On the other hand, Switzerland entered the quarterfinals by beating France for the first time in a major event. Switzerland will face Spain in the quarterfinals on the 3rd of next month. Spain beat Croatia 5-3 in another round of 16.
Switzerland took the lead in the 15th minute, when Harris Seperovic (Benfica) headed a cross from the left flank.
France counterattacked in the second half. In the 12th minute of the second half, Karim Benzema (Real Madrid) exquisitely caught Kylian Mbappe (Paris Saint-Germain)’s penetration pass and pushed it in with his left foot to balance it out. Benzema rushed to the header after an Antoine Griezmann (FC Barcelona) shot was cleared by the keeper two minutes later, and the game was overturned 2-1. In the 30th minute of the second half, Paul Pogba (Manchester United)’s right footed kick made it 3-1. Up until this point, France seemed to advance to the quarterfinals with ease.
However, a miracle happened in the 36th minute of the second half. Switzerland’s Seferović made up for it in the 36th minute of the second half, and Mario Gabranovic (Dinamo Zagreb) scored a dramatic equalizer in the 45th minute of the second half.
After that, the two teams went into a penalty shootout. The only loser in the five-man penalty shootout was France’s last kicker, Mbappe. The unexpected result came when Mbappe’s shot fell into the hands of the Swiss goalkeeper. Mbappe, who was expected to lead the French conquest of Europe for the first time in 21 years, ended the tournament without a goal.
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