Switzerland will send France packaging when Euro 2020 comes to life

If there is one thing we have learned from Euro 2020, it is to expect the unexpected.

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We are not even in the quarterfinals yet and we have already seen Hungary take points from Germany and France, the Czech Republic beat the Netherlands and Croatia take Spain to extra time – despite having drawn 3-1 with six minutes to go.

It seemed as if France had almost turned another shocker against Switzerland on Monday night. Haris Seferovic’s early nod had bled his nose, but Hugo Llori’s penalty kick from Ricardo Rodriguez changed the tide.

Then came a French attack that seemed to re-establish their references as one of the best teams on the planet.

For four minutes, they looked like world champions again when Karim Benzema, Kylian Mbappe and Antoine Griezmann combined to turn the game upside down. Then came Paul Pogba with an absolute screamer who should – should – have killed the game in its tracks.

But on one of the craziest football days the European Championships have ever seen, there was more history to write. Seferovic gave the Swiss a lifeline with another head and then came Mario Gavranovic with one of the most famous goals Switzerland has ever scored.

It came just hours after Croatia had done exactly the same thing against Spain. They had drawn 3-1 in 83 minutes on the clock, but came back into it to take Luis Enricque’s team to extra time in what was eventually the highest scoring euro ever seen.

But where Croatia became flawed against the Spaniards, it would not be heartbreaking for Switzerland. They took it all the way to the penalty, and it was Yann Sommer who proved to be the hero of the shot when he paired Mbappe’s penalty away on the line.

? SUMMER SAVES MBAPPE’S PENALTY AND SWITZERLAND HAS DEFINED FRANCE !!! ?

We repeat: SWITZERLAND HAS BROKEN FRANCE WITHOUT EURO 2020! ? #FRASUI | #ITVFotboll | # Euro2020 pic.twitter.com/iD7BiAeL8l

– ITV Football (@itvfootball) June 28, 2021

It is worth noting that Switzerland had never beaten France in a tournament, nor had they won a knockout game of any description at the World Cup or Euro since 1954. How to do this, after conceding two goals by nine minutes of normal time left, was like nothing Swiss football had ever seen before.

It emphasized the completely wild, chaotic nature of the tournament so far, as it threatens to become the best European championship we have ever seen. We still have two of the last 16 matches left, but we have already seen more goals at Euro 2020 than we saw four years ago.

With nine matches left in the tournament, we have already lost the world champions and the European champions who are defending, and we are guaranteed to lose one of the favorites when England face Germany at Wembley on Tuesday night.

In the 89th minute Switzerland went out of # EURO2020 – They fought back to beat the world champions! ???

Absolute scenes after an incredible game! ? pic.twitter.com/1BMx6zd6Ji

– 90min (@ 90min_Football) 28 June 2021

It’s been a long, hard hit of a season. But we are now rewarded with one of the most chaotic, unpredictable and ridiculously entertaining football tournaments that many of us will ever see, filled with the kind of memorable moments and underdog stories that make us come back for more.

And there is still a long way to go before it is over.

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