Switzerland go out on penalties

Granit Xhaka was the only player to miss a spot kick as Poland beat Switzerland on penalties after their round of 16 tie on Saturday afternoon ended 1-1.

  • Switzerland 1-1 Poland (Poland win 5-4 on penalties)
  • Poles dominate proceedings
  • Blaszczykowski opens the scoring
  • Shaqiri nets a stunner
  • Poland win penalty shootout

Match Summary

Poland were in the ascendancy for most of the first half, but it was a counter attack against the run of play that allowed Blaszczykowski to open the scoring in the 39th minute.

Poland backed off in the second half, allowing Switzerland back into the game, and they were made to pay in the 83rd minute when Shaqiri found the back of the net with an incredible bicycle kick to level the scores.

Extra time passed almost without incident and the match was decided on penalties. Xhaka was the unlucky man who missed his spot kick to send Poland into the quarter-finals.

Full Report

Switzerland came within a whisker of conceding inside the first minute when Johan Djourou under-hit a back pass for Yann Sommer. Robert Lewandowski tried and failed to get to the ball but it did fall for Arkadiusz Milik, who flashed his shot mere inches over the crossbar.

Kamil Grosicki then sent a shot from the edge of the box narrowly over the bar before Milik had another great chance from inside the six-yard box but somehow managed to miss the target.

Switzerland's best chance of the first half came through Fabian Schar, who rose well at a corner to send a powerful header goalwards, but it was straight at Lukasz Fabianski and he made an easy save.

The Swiss began to enjoy a spell of extended possession, though it turned out to be their downfall as they pushed too many players up to attack another corner, allowing Poland to poach the ball and begin a brisk counter attack through Grosicki. He burst down the left and rode his luck to beat two defenders before squaring the ball for Blaszczykowski, who finished neatly through Sommer's legs.

Poland burst out of the blocks in the second half with Sommer pulling off a miraculous save to deny Robert Lewandowski early on, before he pulled off another diving stop to deny Blaszczykowski, whose shot looked destined for the top corner.

Poland took their foot off the gas halfway through the second period and Switzerland began to play themselves back into the game.

Haris Seferovic fired a warning shot against the crossbar, which Poland did not heed and seven minutes from the final whistle Shaqiri positioned himself well in the box to get on the end of a Eren Derdiyok cross and execute a sensational bicycle kick to equalise for Switzerland and force the match into extra time.

Poland didn't make a single substitution and it showed with extra time passing almost without incident. However, Fabianski was needed to pull off an incredible reaction save to deny Derdiyok in the 113th minute.

Xhaka was the only person to miss from the spot as Poland scored a perfect five out of five to advance to the quarter-finals of the European Championship.

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