Huge disillusionment in Bucharest! The French team, the reigning world champion, was eliminated from Euro 2021 by Switzerland, after a completely crazy match and a penalty shootout.
The Blues, battered by the score (0-1), had yet equalized, before taking control of the meeting thanks to a double from Benzema and a superb skylight from Paul Pogba (3-1).
But the Nati came back to equality just before the end of regulation time (3-3) and pushed France into overtime. Before beating her on penalties (4-5).
The highlights of the meeting
15 ‘Switzerland opens the scoring!
What passivity in the French defense. The Swiss want more at the start of the match and are logically rewarded. On the left side, Zuber overflows and sends a good cross towards Seferovic. The Swiss striker wins his duel against Lenglet and opens the scoring with a crossed header.
54’Lloris stops the penalty!
We came close to the disaster and hope that the captain shows the way for his teammates. On his right, Lloris relaxes perfectly and stops the penalty. Magnificent.
Hugo Lloris stopped Switzerland’s penalty. © FRANCK FIFE / AFP
Incredible, the match has turned out completely. Griezmann finds Mbappé who serves Karim Benzema in the axis. The ball goes a little behind the Real Madrid striker’s back but he still manages to take it away. He then superbly stings his ball and equalizes for the Blues.
59 ‘Incredible Benzema!
Two minutes after the blue equalizer, and the stoppage of Lloris, Benzema once again found the fault: after an attempt by Griezmann which failed on the goalkeeper’s gloves, the tricolor striker flipped his head into the net and s offer a double, saving for the France team!
What a strike from Pogboum! He had tried against Portugal but it was hit against an exceptional Rui Patricio. This time, the shot is even more precise and it ends up in Sommer’s skylight, who can do absolutely nothing. Magnificent !
Midfielder Paul Pogba scored the Blues’ 3rd goal. © MARKO DJURICA / AFP
81 ‘Switzerland comes back to the score!
While we thought it was lost, Switzerland returned to the score. On the right side, Mbabu has plenty of time to cross and find Seferovic in the box who takes the best of Varane. His header doesn’t leave Lloris a chance.
90 ‘Switzerland equalizes!
Unbelievable. Since the goal of Paul Pogba, the Blues have fallen asleep. Pogba loses the ball in midfield and Gavranovic is served full axis. He hooks Kimpembé and places an unstoppable cross strike.
90 ‘+ 6 Direction overtime!
Drawn in Bucharest at the end of regulation time. French and Swiss will have to go through the extension to decide. In a completely crazy second half, we thought that the French had done the hard part by scoring three goals. But that was without counting on the character of the Swiss who returned.
120 ‘Go to the penalty shoot-out
It’s over in Bucharest. The France team and Switzerland will have to decide between themselves via the penalty shoot-out. The Blues will have achieved a good second half of extra time but lacked realism, and juice.
The France team is eliminated!
Terrible disillusionment for the French football team. The Blues will be able to feed regrets. Not on the penalty shootout, but before, because the Blues have not mastered this meeting. Close to the correctional before the penalty saved by Lloris, the reaction was beautiful. But Karim Benzema’s teammates then perhaps showed complacency and let the Swiss come back. Bravo to the latter who qualify for the first time in their history in the quarter-finals of the Euro.