France are out of Euro 2020 as they have been shocked by Switzerland on penalties within the final 16.
Kylian Mbappe missed the decisive spot-kick because the Swiss received their first knockout match in 83 years in exceptional vogue to ship the world champions and pre-tournament favourites packing.
Haris Seferovic had headed Switzerland forward contained in the opening 15 minutes earlier than they’d a penalty saved ten minutes into the second half.
That miss seemed to show expensive as Karim Benzema netted twice in fast succession earlier than a surprising strike from Paul Pogba appeared to place France out of sight at 3-1.
However Vladimir Petkovic’s valiant Swiss facet got here storming again and remarkably despatched the sport into extra-time with two late objectives.
Mbappe missed the chance to win it for France in extra-time as the sport in Bucharest ended 3-Three after a pulsating 120 minutes.
The Paris Saint-Germain famous person was then the one participant to be denied within the shootout – Yann Sommer pulling off a advantageous cease – as Switzerland sealed the most important win of their historical past.
France had made a brilliant begin and may have taken the lead after solely two minutes however Raphael Varane headed over from Antoine Griezmann’s nook when unmarked.
Didier Deschamps’ facet have been wanting harmful down the left, with Mbappe inflicting Swiss right-back Nico Elvedi issues early on, whereas extra composure from Adrien Rabiot on a few events when in behind the defence might need precipitated the Swiss huge issues.
But it surely was Switzerland who took the lead within the 15th minute when Steven Zuber clipped a beautiful cross into the field from the left and Haris Seferovic jumped early to get above Clement Lenglet and direct his header into the underside nook of the online.
Deschamps made a change at half-time as Kingsley Coman changed Lenglet and Rabiot switched to left-back as France returned to a extra acquainted four-man defence.
A goal-saving contact from Varane prevented Breel Embolo’s pushed cross from being turned in on the far put up by Seferovic, earlier than Switzerland had a golden alternative to take a 2-Zero lead with 55 minutes on the clock.
Benjamin Pavard introduced down Zuber with a senseless sliding problem however the referee needed to be persuaded to go and have a look at the pitchside monitor after permitting play to proceed earlier than awarding the spot-kick.
When he did, Hugo Lloris saved Ricardo Rodriguez’s effort with a powerful proper hand all the way down to his right-hand facet.
It proved the sport’s turning level as 4 minutes later Switzerland discovered themselves behind. First, Benzema managed Mbappe’s cross with an amazing contact regardless that the ball was barely behind him, earlier than clipping a fragile end over the advancing goalkeeper.
Then, within the 59th minute, Benzema scored his second objective to show the sport on its head.
Sommer saved Griezmann’s shot from a decent angle however the ball looped as much as the far put up the place Benzema headed it in from shut vary.
Pogba seemed to have put the seal on it with 15 minutes remaining with an outstanding effort from 25 yards out, curling the ball into the highest nook of the online.
However Seferovic headed his second objective of the sport within the 81st minute to arrange a extra tense finale than France had anticipated.
Switzerland thought they’d equalised two minutes later when Mario Gavranovic managed Rodriguez’s shot and poked the ball previous Lloris, however the flag was accurately up for offside.
Nonetheless, Gavranovic was to not be denied and struck within the ultimate minute to stage issues up, reaching Granit Xhaka’s defence-splitting cross by the center and beating Lloris with a low shot from the sting of the realm.
Coman crashed a shot in opposition to the crossbar proper on the loss of life however the recreation went to further time.
Sommer made a advantageous save to disclaim Pavard within the first half of additional time whereas Mbappe scuffed an effort into the side-netting from 4 yards out after the break when it seemed like he was sure to attain.
Sommer additionally plucked an Olivier Giroud header from the highest nook within the ultimate minute of additional time because the match went to penalties.
Manuel Akanji, Gavranovic, Fabian Schar, Ruben Vargas and Admir Mehmedi all scored for the Swiss within the shoot-out however Mbappe was unable to observe profitable spot-kicks from team-mates Pogba, Giroud, Marcus Thuram and Presnel Kimpembe as Sommer pushed away his effort.
Switzerland will now face Spain within the quarter-finals in St Petersburg on Friday.
Spain had earlier come by an exciting conflict too – beating Croatia 5-Three after extra-time on a day of excessive drama.
Subsequent up on talkSPORT is England vs Germany. Let’s hope for extra of the identical…