Switzerland beat world champions France 5-4 on penalties in the eighth final of Euro 2020 after Kylian Mbappe missed a decisive blow in the tiebreak following a thrilling 3-3 draw in Bucharest on Monday. The world champions France failed to qualify for the quarterfinals of the European Championship.
Mario Gavranovic equalized in the 90th minute before Switzerland scored two goals before Yann Sommer saved Mbappe’s penalty to reserve a match for Switzerland in the quarter-finals against Spain.
Haris Seferovic gave Vladimir Petkovic’s Switzerland a 15-minute lead, but Ricardo Rodriguez’s shot was saved by Hugo Lloris at the start of the second half. Karim Benzema, who returned to the French squad for the tournament after five-and-a-half years of international exile, hit a quick double to bring back the Euro 2016 finalists.
Paul Pogba’s sensational curling effort made it 3–1, but Switzerland forced extra time, while Seferovic secured the second half of the game before Gavranovic equalized in the last minute.
The Swiss won a major knockout round for the first time in 83 years, before Sommer converted Mbappe’s shot right before Switzerland converted all five penalties. French coach Didier Deschamps controversially switched to the 3-4-1-2 formation, meant to get the best out of the attacking trio of Benzema, Mbappe, and Antoine Griezmann, but instead Seferovic was the one who gave the Swiss a driving surprise.
Steven Zuber made use of the space provided by Rodriguez’s overlapping escape, cutting into a left cross that Seferovic passed to Lloris after rising slightly above Clement Lenglet. After a disastrous first half in which France failed to test Sommer, Deschamps abandoned the use of a trio at the back, taking out Lenglet and introducing Kingsley Coman, while returning to a more familiar 4-4-2.