EURO 2020 Round Of 16: The French Fall, The Spanish Rise and The Victorious Swiss

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Croatia vs Spain: Pablo Sarabia delivered more than what was expected from him in the group stages and is continuing that form. He is owned by 6% of the managers and as he is delivering for the past two games he undoubtedly will be an integral part of the Spanish side for the rest of the tournament as he is lethal in front of the goal and is great at creating chances.

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Alvaro Morata finally scored at the Euros, which would be a sigh of relief for Luis Enrique as pressure was mounting upon him. Morata’s price is 9.1 million, and as he is an influential attacker in the Spanish side, he would not be dropped. He had an xG of 0.7 goals against Croatia and is only owned by 3% of the managers, and thus could be worth taking a punt against Switzerland who might be leaky at the back.

France vs Switzerland: Seferovic has finally arrived at the Euros and did so in great style, scoring two goals against the World Champions. Priced at 8.7 million, he can be a splendid differential against Spain as his ownership is at 0%. He has already scored three goals at the Euros until now, and now as we have seen Switzerland can be a dangerous side when they turn up.

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social media moments of the day

Coca Cola Strikes Again

The Coca Cola saga continued at the Euros when the players of Switzerland were seen drinking the aerated drink right before the penalties. It seems that the players did this to further fire up the drama as this was the first time a team was seen drinking Coca Cola before taking the penalties in the Euros.

Tournament of Oopsies

Another historical day yet again at the Euros as a total of nine own goals has been scored at the Euro 2020, and it is a bit outrageous to see that since the 1960s, only nine own goals scored were scored in total.

The game between France and Switzerland had it all, as we witnessed Paul Pogba score a screamer from outside the box and ruled the midfield. Even though the French team lost the game, they displayed their extraordinary talent in front of the goal, from Benzema’s touch to Paul Pogba’s through balls.

The game was a joy to watch as everyone tried to give their best and we were able to witness a midfield masterclass from Granit Xhaka who bossed the game and was finally rewarded with the Man of the Match award.

game of the day

A day that was full of drama and filled with joy for many but also sadness for a few. The day began with the game between Spain and Croatia, which ended up in an eight-goal thriller going into the extra time. Though Croatia led by one goal against the run of play, it didn’t take Spain long enough to make a deserved comeback in the game and continued to put pressure and kept Croatia back at the bay.

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The game came to life when Croatia somehow managed to equalize in the last ten minutes or so. Spain put up a great show in the end 30 minutes as they scored two goals and were undoubtedly the better team. The game could have been more of goals galore if Spain could have been clinical in front of goal by a fraction. Although Croatia managed to score goals, their performance in the extra time showed that they lacked depth in the squad and struggle with the pace at the back.

Disappointment of the day

It’s a shame to see one of the strongest teams in the world go out of the Euros at such an early stage. No one could have ever predicted that the team fabled as the favourites coming into the tournament could be eliminated by Switzerland. Even though France played well and were substantially good in front of goal, they never looked the same as they were in the World Cup.

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Also, Kylian Mbappe who was under immense pressure, was yet again not able to turn his fortunes around, as he was denied by Yann Sommer in the penalty shootout. A lot of questions arise for Didier Deschamps as his selection has come under the microscope, and the defense is not as dominant as it used to be which is proven by the fact that France had conceded three goals in Euro knockout match since 1960 (4-5 versus Yugoslavia).  

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