Alvaro Morata is set to start for Spain despite criticisms, will he deliver and help La Roja to the semifinals? (Photo credit: Sky Sports)...
|Alvaro Morata is set to start for Spain despite criticisms, will he deliver and help La Roja to the semifinals? (Photo credit: Sky Sports)|
Switzerland vs SpainSt Petersburg. Russia5:00pm
This has to be the most entertaining European Championship ever, weird results, lots of goals and strange penalty misses.
Switzerland shocked France at the round of 16, 3-1 down with less than half an hour to play having lost a goal lead and then missing from the spot to make matters worse, but they rallied late and dust off the World Champions in the penalty shoot out but their opponent of the day has a story to tell too.
Spain were 3-1 up with less than ten minutes to go on the clock, looking very much like they already buried Croatia, but the 2018 World Cup finalists emerged from the shadows of defeat with a sensational five minutes that clawed them back into the context to also end regulation time at 3-3.
While Spain found ways to survive Croatia in the first half of extra time, France couldn’t take their chances, leaving us with a clash between 2008 and 2012 champions Spain and Switzerland.
The Swiss side will have it all to do against an erratic Spain side and the fact that they won’t have Granit Xhaka to call on due to his second yellow against France is a burden they have to shoulder, his leadership in the middle of the pack will be sorely missed.
Let’s face it, Spain are firm favorites, but should this go to the lottery of penalties then you can consider putting your money on Switzerland but ideally, this should end in regulation time; you will however ask what will the Spanish side look like with way Luis Henrique chops his team.
Spain scored ten goals in two matches, no side has managed that in the history of Euros, with France, Netherlands and Germany out of the equation, there might not be stronger teams on paper than Spain to land the trophy, there however will be side eye from Italy and the boys of the Queen.
The last four between these two have been draws and then a sprinkle of 1-0 win for either side, La Roja are again favorites to win this but what if the Swiss side comes into the game with the intent of forcing penalties?
So what if it goes into penalties? Well Spain already missed more than you can count and with Henrique being too stubborn to drop Alvaro Morata, the question will be who will pay the price for La Roja if it goes into spot kicks?