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France STUNNED by Switzerland as Kylian Mbappe misses the decisive penalty in shootout

Switzerland have done it. They have beaten the world champions.

Switzerland secure the biggest shock of Euro 2020 yet by knocking out the favourites France.

After taking the lead and missing a penalty, Vladimir Petkovic’s team showed incredible courage to come from two goals down to force a flawed France to extra-time.

From there the Swiss held on until Mbappe’s own poor penalty gave them the victory.

It ended 3-3 after extra-time in Bucharest, after 120 minutes of thrilling football.

This is Switzerland’s first ever penalty shootout win in a major tournament after losing their previous two in 2006 and 2016.

They’ll remember this game for a long time. France had 26 shots over the 120 minutes but were made to pay for their profligacy as well as some poor pieces of defending.

They can have no complaints about going out.

Seferovic started the fun when he headed Switzerland into the lead in the 15th minute, capitalising on France’s unfamiliarity with the back-three system deployed by Didier Deschamps in the absence of any natural left-backs.

Steven Zuber used an overlapping run as disguise and clipped the ball into the goalmouth from the left.

Clement Lenglet, making his first appearance of the Euros, got himself into a terrible tangle, seemed to lose the flight of the ball and his perspective on his man, Seferovic, who sprang up and applied a fabulous finish.

In fact, it sparked them into life. Lloris made a splendid save, diving low to his right to deny Ricardo Rodriguez from the spot and inspire an irresistible sequence from the French.

Within three minutes, Benzema levelled. It was an outrageous piece of skill to accept a pass from Mbappe, which arrived a fraction behind him, in a tight situation.

Somehow, with a single touch, Benzema hooked the ball ahead of him and found the net with his second touch, clipping a deft shot over Sommer as the goalkeeper slid from his line.

His second was more routine, a poacher’s goal from a few inches after intricate interplay between Mbappe and Antoinne Griezmann, and a save that pushed the ball up for him to nod over the line.

Six minutes after Zuber was sent tumbling by Pavard and four minutes after the penalty save and Switzerland were trailing. Pogba extended the lead but they fought back to take the tie into extra time.

Seferovic narrowed the deficit to 3-2 with his second header of the game and Gavranovic poked in what he thought was an equaliser, only to be find he was offside.

Then Gavranovic beat Lloris with a low shot in the 90th minute, Coman hit the bar and the tie into extra-time. Olivier Giroud went as close as anyone during the extra half-hour.

But this was destined to go all the way to penalties. Sommer saved from Mbappe at quarter one in Romania.

Switzerland, progressed to their first ever European Championship quarter-final to face Spain. France, meanwhile, have got some fallout coming.

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