Mikel Oyarzabal struck the winning penalty after Ruben Vargas fired over the bar as Spain beat Switzerland 3-1 in a shootout following a 1-1 draw in their Euro 2020 quarter-final in Saint Petersburg.
In normal time, Spain took an early lead when Jordi Alba’s shot from outside the box was deflected into his own net by Denis Zakaria. But Xherdan Shaqiri profited from a defensive error to level the score at 1-1, before the Swiss lost midfielder Remo Freuler to a straight red card on 77 minutes.
Not surprisingly given their numerical advantage, Spain dominated extra time and created a host of chances as Switzerland played for penalties, perhaps mindful that their opponents had missed their last five spot-kicks, including two against them in a Nations League game in November.
Either Italy or Belgium will await Spain in the first semi-final at Wembley on Tuesday night.
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Oyarzabal: I told Simon it would be his day
“I knew I couldn’t miss and luckily the ball went in. On the way to the spot many things went through my head but I knew exactly what to do,” said Spain forward Oyarzabal.
“I told Simon it was going to be his day. When Busquets missed I told Simon that he was going to save three.”
Keeper Simon added: “Football has been fair to us as we are the deserved winners.”
That winning feeling
Look at Cesar Azpilicueta!
Oyarzabal to win it… SCORES!
Spain are into the semi-finals
He blasts it over the bar! Horrible penalty
Good penalty. High and Sommer has no chance
Sommer has saved another one!
Simon saves. It was a weak penalty
Emphatic. There’s no saving that
He sends Simon the wrong way. Good penalty
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