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Welcome, Euro 2020 first quarter-final match between Switzerland vs Spain from Sent Petersburg stadium. I am Kyle Snow with you all over the match. You will get updated information as well as on the title bar and on the thumbnail.
The UEFA Euro 2020 Round of 16 is done and dusted, with the next knockout stage upon us. The quarter-finals of the competition kick-off in Sent Petersburg right now, when Switzerland takes on one of the favourites to win the current edition, Spain.
Switzerland produced THE shock result of UEFA Euro 2020 so far, as they came from two goals down to beat France on penalties after their Round of 16 ties had ended in a 3-3 draw. Having only made it to the first knockout round with a win over Turkey on Matchday 3 of the group stage, the result against Les Bleus definitely came as a huge surprise.
Spain, on the other hand, also saw their game go right down to the deep end, as they needed extra time to get the better of Croatia, with the pulsating encounter ending in a 5-3 win for them. The last two performances have been quite promising on the offensive front, although defensively, they did leave a lot to be desired during Croatia’s late onslaught. Otherwise, Spain has been quite solid at the back.
Switzerland and Spain played out a 1-1 draw the last time they faced off against each other, in a UEFA Nations League clash last year, with Remo Freuler and Gerard Moreno on target. Ahead of the latest meeting between the two sides, The Hard Tackle takes a closer look at the encounter.
Vladimir Petkovic has been handed a major blow on the team news front ahead of the UEFA Euro 2020 quarter-finals against Spain. On Friday, the Switzerland head coach will have to make do without captain Granit Xhaka, who is suspended due to an accumulation of yellow cards.
The absence of Xhaka could well hurt Switzerland a fair bit, considering he was the catalyst in their comeback win over France. The Switzerland skipper’s void ought to be filled by Denis Zakaria, who will pair up with Remo Freuler in the middle of the park, while Steven Zuber and Silvan Widmer will likely be the two wing-backs for Switzerland.
Zuber’s presence in the left wing-back slot would mean Ricardo Rodriguez is likely to be deployed in the three-man central defensive unit in place of Fabian Schar. Rodriguez will have Nico Elvedi and Manuel Akanji as his partners at the back, while Yann Sommer will take his place in goal.
Finally, in attack, Xherdan Shaqiri will be the creator-in-chief for Switzerland, playing off of the two strikers, who ought to be Breel Embolo and Haris Seferovic. Both Embolo and Seferovic have been in fine touch at UEFA Euro 2020 and will pose a great deal of threat on the counter.
Lineup (3-4-1-2): Sommer; Elvedi, Akanji, Rodriguez; Widmer, Freuler, Zakaria, Zuber; Shaqiri; Embolo, Seferovic.
Unlike his counterpart in the Switzerland dugout, Luis Enrique does not have any fresh roster issues hampering his preparations ahead of the quarter-final tie. On Friday, the Spain boss will have a full-strength squad at his disposal, although there are a few players walking the suspension tightrope.
David de Gea could be deployed between the sticks by Enrique following the catastrophic error by Unai Simon against Croatia. In front of de Gea, Spain will line up in their usual 4-3-3 formation, with Eric Garcia retaining his spot at the heart of the defence ahead of Pau Torres.
Garcia will have Aymeric Laporte as his central defensive partner, with Cesar Azpilicueta and Jordi Alba being the two full-backs. Alba ought to replace Jose Gaya after getting a bit of a breather last time out versus Croatia.
Up ahead in midfield, there is no looking past Sergio Busquets, Koke and Pedri. Busquets will sit at the base of the three-man unit, getting defensive support from Koke. Meanwhile, Pedri will provide the creative impetus from the middle of the park.
Finally, the attacking trifecta picks itself as well following the exploits versus Croatia. Ferran Torres and Pablo Sarabia were in their elements in the Round of 16 ties while Alvaro Morata played his part in the win and will lead the line for Spain against Switzerland.
Lineup (4-3-3): de Gea; Azpilicueta, Eric Garcia, Laporte, Alba; Koke, Busquets, Pedri; Ferran Torres, Morata, Sarabia.
Switzerland and Spain have previously met each other on 22 different occasions. Switzerland has only managed one win, with Spain claiming 16 wins (D5).
Friday’s encounter will be the first meeting between Switzerland and Spain at the European Championship. The three previous clashes at a major international tournament all came at the World Cup, in 1966, 1994 and 2010 editions, with Spain winning the first two while Switzerland prevailed 11 years ago.