Spain defeats Switzerland in the “long breath” match
Mikel Oyarzabal scored the decisive kick after Ruben Vargas missed his kick over the bar as Spain beat Switzerland 3-1 on penalties and qualified for the European Championship semi-finals, following a 1-1 draw, Friday. Spain advanced early after Jordi Alba hit a ball from outside the penalty area, which changed direction, after colliding with Dennis Zakaria, to slip into the Switzerland net by mistake. But Xherdan Shaqiri took advantage of a defensive error to give Switzerland a equalizer, before his colleague Remo Froeller received a direct red card in the 77th minute. Spain dominated in the extra time, taking advantage of the numerical superiority, but Switzerland held out and achieved its goal of reaching the penalty shootout, considering that the opponent missed the last 5 penalties, including two against Switzerland in the European Nations League last November. In the semi-final scheduled in London on Tuesday, Spain will meet the winner of the Italy-Belgium match, which will be held later on Friday in Munich.