EURO 2020 Quarter-Final: Spain vs Switzerland Match Preview & Schedule

Spain vs Switzerland euro 2020 quarter- final
Spain vs Switzerland
SCHEDULE
TIME
Match:
Spain vs Switzerland
Tournament:
EURO - Quarter-Final
Date:
Fri, Jul 2 2021
Time:
9:30 p.m. Indian time
Stadium:
Saint Petersburg Stadium
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Match Finished

  Spain | 1 - 1 | Switzerland

Goals:

 8' (OG): Denis Zakaria (Spain)
68': Xherdan Shaqiri (Switzerland)

 Red Card:

77': Remo Freuler (Switzerland)

 Shootout:

Switzerland - 1 ⚽️❌❌❌
 Spain - 3 ❌⚽️❌⚽️⚽️

Spain is through to the semi-finals of EURO2020.

  Lineup
Spain 
Spain XI:  
Simon; Azpilicueta, Laporta, Pau Torres, Alba; Koke, Busquets, Pedri; Sarabia, Morata, Ferran Torres.
 Lineup
Switzerland
Switzerland XI: 
Sommer; Elvedi, Akanji, Rodríguez; Widmer, Freuler, Zakaria, Zuber; Shaqiri; Embolo, Seferovic.
Match Preview

The schedule for the Switzerland vs Spain match in the quarter-finals of the 2020 European Cup or EURO 2020 was launched on Friday (2/7/2021) at the Saint Petersburg Stadium, Russia. The game of the big 8 can be watched via Sony Network live broadcast live streaming starting at 9:30 p.m. Indian time.

The 3-4-1-2 pattern carried by Switzerland is predicted to be served by La Furia Roja with a 4-3-3 scheme. Vladimir Petković as the Swiss coach implemented a strategy of 3 parallel defenders in front of goalkeeper Yann Sommer during his previous 4 matches at Euro 2020.

Facing the sharpness of Spain's front line which scored 5 goals in a row in the last 2 matches, the trio of La Nati defenders is predicted to be filled. Nico Elvedi, Manuel Akanji, and Ricardo Rodriguez.

In the middle, the team that eliminated France via a penalty shootout in the last 16 phases was believed to field 4 midfielders at once. They are Silvan Widmer, Steven Zuber, Remo Freuler, and Denis Zakaria.

Xherdan Shaqiri has the potential to return behind the striker duo of Breel Embolo and Haris Seferovic. The combination of these three players has resulted in 6 goals from Switzerland's total of 7 goals at EURO 2021 and has the opportunity to return to the starting XI for Switzerland against Spain.

"The match against France was very emotional. All the players gave 120 percent of their ability. It was probably one of the best games. We need a similar performance against Spain in the upcoming quarter-finals," said Petković quoted from the UEFA website.

On the other hand, Spain is playing with a 4-3-3 scheme at EURO 2020. Unai Simon has always been the first choice in goal in the previous 4 matches. The Athletic Bilbao goalkeeper set aside MU goalkeeper David de Gea, who has not yet been introduced.

In front of Unai Simon, the 4 defenders who are the pillars of La Furia Roja's backline are Cesar Azpilicueta, Eric Garcia, Aymeric Laporte, and Jordi Alba. 

There is team captain Sergio Busquets in midfield. He has the opportunity to return to the field after playing the full game when Spain beat Croatia 5-3 in their last appearance.

With possession of the ball of 67.2 percent according to Whoscored data when serving Croatia in the round of 16, the midfield has the opportunity to be the target of Spain against Switzerland.

Accompanied by Koke and Pedri, Busquets' slick performance is one of the main keys for Luis Enrique's troops in carrying out the EURO 2020 quarter-final match later. 

Up front, there are Ferran Torres, Pablo Sarabia, and Alvaro Morata who have scored 2 goals each during EURO 2020. That is, 6 of the total 11 goals produced by the owner of the 3 European Cup trophies were the creations of the trio of Torres, Sarabia, and Morata.

"We will not play with long balls, even to appear defensive. We will only defend by controlling the ball and controlling the game," said Enrique, Spain's coach.

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