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Euro 2020: Switzerland Eliminates France In A Crazy Match

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A shock wave hit the Euro. France, above all, who thought they were untouchable, proud to field a team of stars and certain to sign the World-Euro double. It fell from high, exceedingly high even, against this Switzerland, courageous, rigorous but especially author of a real collective exploit. If some people announced that Les Bleus were launched on the highway to glory, the tricolour mastodon took a violent crash at full speed.

World champions in title, the French team will not realize the double. Pushed in their last entrenchments, Les Bleus were eliminated by Switzerland (3-3, 4-5 tab), this Monday in Bucharest, during the 8th finals of the Euro. A terrible disillusionment for the French team, which was leading by two goals in the last quarter of an hour.

The “small” Switzerland created the sensation by pushing aside France in the last 16 of the Euro. At the end of a physically intense match and the penalty shootout, Mbappé ended the dream of double (World-Euro) tricolore. A slap in the face for a country that was considered the arch favorite.

Leading after a catastrophic first half, the Blues had managed to turn the tide and even led by two goals in the last quarter of an hour. But the defensive errors cost Didier Deschamps’ men dearly, who are out of the game and see the Helvetians join Spain in the next round.

Without energy during the first half and even during the extra time, Didier Deschamps’ players had recovered their certainty in the second half but did not manage to escape the cruel penalty shoot-out. A moment of intense stress, which does no favors to shaky feet and more sensitive minds. At 22 years old, Kylian Mbappé will keep this June 28, 2021 as one of the worst memories of his career, he was the only one of the ten shooters to miss the mark. A shame for the Paris Saint-Germain winger, who is supposed to be on a par with the greatest in his discipline.

The neutral fan must have had a great time, as during the fabulous Croatia-Spain match at the end of the afternoon. The French fan, as well as the Swiss one, went through all his states in a crazy match. After a little more than one period, the French forced a miracle to swallow the Swiss, who were very well in place for 50 minutes. Tension, goals, including a masterpiece from Pogba, a penalty kick, a nice atmosphere, we spent a genuinely nice evening despite the disappointing final.

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