Unai Simón on his mistake vs Croatia and the support from the fans
Unai Simón talked about the mistake he made as Spain faced Croatia in the Euro 2020 Round of 16. The Athletic Club goalkeeper said he had watched the move ‘six or seven times’ and highlighted the support he got from the fans short after conceding. Spain went on to win 5-3 after extra time and Simón made some crucial saves.
Switzerland vs Spain: Line-ups
Switzerland Full of Confidence
The Swiss have now reached the quarter-finals of the European Championship for the first time in their history, and they have only needed to win one game in normal time, which came against Turkey in their final group fixture, having opened their tournament with a draw with Wales and a defeat to Italy.
Vladimir Petkovic’s team will be in a confident mood following their success over France, but Switzerland have only won one of their last 22 fixtures with Spain, suffering 16 defeats in the process. A-Team have now only lost one of their last 11 matches in all competitions, though, and a victory on Friday would represent their best ever performance in a major competition, having previously reached the quarter-finals of the World Cup in 1934, 1938 and 1954.
Spain have not been at their best this summer, drawing their first two fixtures with Sweden and Poland, but they put five goals past Slovakia in their final group match before scoring another five against Croatia, and La Roja must be taken seriously in this competition due to the other sides that have been eliminated.
Spain are bidding to win the European Championship for the fourth time, which would make them the most successful team in the competition, passing Germany’s three trophies; it is nine years since their last European Championship success, but they are now on the verge of reaching the final four once again.
Enrique’s side have actually lost five of their previous eight quarter-finals in this competition, although each time the national team have won their quarter-final, they have gone on to win the trophy, and a win on Friday would see them take on either Italy or Belgium in a mouthwatering semi-final on Tuesday night.
This is a very, very dangerous game for Spain, as Switzerland will be full of confidence following their win over France. La Roja have shown a lot of encouraging signs in their last two fixtures, though, and we fancy Enrique’s side to advance to the final eight courtesy of a 2-1 win, which could come after extra-time.