After a difficult start in the Eurocup, Spain straightened course and is measured this Friday against Switzerland, surprising executioner of France, for a place in the semifinals of the continental tournament. The party that opens The quarterfinals will be played this Friday at 1:00 p.m., Argentina time, at the Krestovski Stadium, in Saint Petersburg and it is broadcast on DirecTV Sports and TNT Sports.

Nothing had happened in the game when, after a corner, Jordi Alba invented a shot from the goal of the area. The ball was deflected on Denis Zakaria, replacing the Swiss captain, Granit Xhaka, and dislodged goalkeeper Yann Sommer. Spain, without doing anything, was up on the scoreboard.

The goal of Spain

Spain dominated possession from the start and, of the two, it is the team that proposes the most elaboration. If Luis Enrique’s team makes short passes and triangulations, Petkovic’s Switzerland is vertigo and plays much more direct. Opposite styles. Of course, knowing that they were at a disadvantage, those in red had to leave Sommer’s refuge to seek a tie.

Ten minutes into the second half, that Swiss siege was about to end in a Swiss goal. It was through a stopped ball, his main offensive argument. A rained center by Ricardo Rodríguez ended up on Zakaria’s head. The Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder prowled the goal and his particular redemption after the rebound in the Spanish goal, but the ball was kissing the stick. It was a warning.

Jordi Alba, author of the Spanish goal, fights for the ball with the Swiss Breel Embolo during the match between the two teams for the quarterfinals of Euro 2020 that was played in Saint Petersburg.

Jordi Alba, author of the Spanish goal, fights for the ball with the Swiss Breel Embolo during the match between the two teams for the quarterfinals of Euro 2020 that was played in Saint Petersburg. (Kirill Kudryavtsev /)

Ten minutes later, another alarm: a good play between Vargas (entered from the substitute bench) and Zuber ended in a save by Unai Simón. It was the best collective action of the Swiss team, which by then had lost respect for Spain and was encouraged to attack it.

The team led by Luis Enrique did not understand the lesson. And he delivered the tying goal with a double error from his defense: Laporte and Torres did not understand each other and the ball fell to Freuler inside the area. The Swiss 8 opened his eyes and found Shaqiri in the middle. There was a pass and, also, definition of the right. It was a slap to the Spanish, who had done everything possible to equalize them.




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