Football at its unpredictable best!
Croatia 3 vs. 5 Spain
The first goal came in the 20th minute as Pedri passed it back to Simon who forgot the basics and stared in horror as the ball went past his foot and into the net. Morata had just missed a good opportunity before the goal. Sarabia equalised in the 38th minute for Spain though. Azpilicueta then headed Spain into the lead in the 57th minute. Torres made it 3 for Spain in the 77th minute as it looked like Spain were into the quarter’s. Croatia had other plans as Orsic got one back in the 85th minute after a scramble in front of goal. Pasalic then equalised with a header in the 92nd minute to send the game into extra time. Morata put Spain back into the lead in the 100th minute with a brilliant finish to redeem himself and silence the doubters. Oyarzabal scored the 5th in the 103rd minute. Spain could have scored a few more but 5 was enough as Croatia tried their best but another comeback was not possible. A brilliant game with both teams giving it their all. Croatia bow out while Spain proceed to the quarter’s.
France 3 (4) vs. (5) 3 Switzerland
This game saw the last one and said we can do better. Switzerland had to score first to make this game interesting and that is what they did as Seferovic scored a header in the 15th minute. Switzerland stayed strong for the rest of the half as they played well and managed the game. France had no reply in the 1st half. Swizterland got a penalty early in the 2nd half which Rodriguez saw saved by Lloris. France were encouraged by this as Benzema scored a brilliant goal to equalise in the 57th minute. Benzema made it 2 in the 59th minute to give France the lead. Pogba then scored an absolute world class goal in the 75th minute to make it 3 for France. Again the French probably though it was game over but far from it. Seferovic got one back for Switzerland in the 81st minute. Gavranovic then scored a brilliant goal to equalise for Switzerland in the 90th minute to send another game to extra time. There were no goals in extra time although France went close and Mbappe for sure made some dubious decisions. In penalties both teams scored 4 of their 4 while Switzerland scored their 5th as well. For France’s 5th up stepped Mbappe who saw his penalty saved by Sommer as France were knocked out. France the favourites out in the Round of 16. Switzerland fought hard and were able to show grit and determination and calmness as they book a place in the quarter’s.