There is no doubt that the first Euro 2020 quarterfinal game between Spain and Switzerland provided fans with so much excitement. The Spanish team won the encounter 3-1 via penalties after the regulation time ended 1-1 after 90 minutes.
Completesports.com’s AUGUSTINE AKHILOMEN highlights five remarkable observations from the game.
Unai Simon Rising To The Occasion
In the absence of Spain’s number one goalkeeper, David De Gae, Unai has indeed stepped in perfectly to help La Rojas qualify to the semi-finals of Euro 2020.
After making a false start to the competition against Croatia, the Athletic Bilbao goalkeeper made some brilliant saves, most especially against the Swiss. He has definitely proven to be a dependable goalkeeper.
Manuel Akanji, Switzerland’s Mr Rock!
Switzerland may have been eliminated from the competition by Spain, however, Akanji’s role in the team was the reason why the team got to this level. Spain could have easily scored many goals against Switzerland but Akanji’s solid presence in the defence helped the team greatly.
Spain’s Possession Football With Poor Finishing
If possessions could count as goals in a football game, then, Spain would have won some games with ease. Regarded as one of the teams with the highest ball possessions in Euro 2020, Spain have failed to convert it into goals. They have missed many goal-scoring chances that could have sealed victory for them with relative ease.
Against Switzerland, the Spanish team failed to capitalise on some beautiful football that they played thanks to their profligacy in front of goal, which took the game to extra-time, a match they eventually won via penalties.
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Shaqiri Leadership Factor For The Unlucky Switzerland
Shaqiri has truly held the leadership of the team by example despite Switzerland’s ouster from the competition. The Liverpool star piloted some of the team’s attacks against Spain but that was not enough to save the team from defeat.
Pedri, The New Xavi-Iniesta On Stage
At just 18, young Barcelona midfielder, Pedri, has shown so much confidence and zeal to drive the team forward. His brilliant skills and ability to pick up his teammate in a goal-scoring position has likened him to the duo of Xavi and Iniesta.
He was also at his best mettle against the Swiss as he controlled the midfield with ease without been intimidated by the big stage. With age still on his side, Pedri will definitely be the star to watch in the future for both club and country.