Switzerland Celebrates Success at Euros
29th June 2021
Last modified on July 3rd, 2021
The alpine ski nation has caused one of the biggest upsets in international football after knocking France out of Euro 2020. France are the current World Champions and were many people’s tournament favourite. Switzerland did it in style and celebrations went on long into the night.
It is the first time Switzerland have progressed in a major tournament knockout game since 1938.
The last time Switzerland were in the quarter-finals of a major football tournament was the 1954 World Cup, that they hosted.
France were tipped to win the 2020 Euros by 12 of 15 BBC pundits – now they are going home.
Switzerland led 1-0 at half time after dominating the first half.
The had a penalty saved that could have made it 2-0 before Karim Benzema scored twice for France within two minutes.
Paul Pogba then put France 3-1 up with one of the goals of the tournament.
With the final whistle approaching the Swiss hero, Seferovic, headed in his second goal of the game for Switzerland.
The substitute Mario Gavranovic hit last-minute equaliser to send the game to extra time and then to penalties.
Switzerland buried five and then Paris St-Germain forward Kylian Mbappe stepped up to take his.
The Swiss keeper, Yann Sommer, pulled off a stunning save and Switzerland went wild.
Switzerland beats France on penalties at #Euro2020.
— AP Sports (@AP_Sports) June 28, 2021
Here was the scene in Montreux:
Switzerland needs to celebrate every block every every thing now man. Common for the sake of football let’s go pic.twitter.com/GJbX4WYCK5
— Aras (@ArasOkhre) June 28, 2021
Switzerland now play Spain in the quarter-final in St Petersburg on Friday.
The Spanish team also won a thriller, 5-3 after extra time against Croatia.
Some are already describing it as Switzerland’s greatest ever sporting performance, but lets not forget the individual heroics of the Swiss skiers over the years – Pirmin Zubriggen, Didier Cuche, Bernhard Russi, Lara Gut and several more….
And the sporting success of a certain Roger Federer who is currently competing at Wimbledon.
We are scratching our heads trying to think of a better team performance from Switzerland, but nothing comes to mind.
Some are already describing as the greatest game in the 60-year history of the Euros.
Celebrations in Switzerland continue….