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France 3-3 Switzerland -4 on penalties: Player ratings as world champions exit Euro 2020

A Kylian Mbappe penalty shootout miss saw Switzerland win a knockout tie at a major tournament for the first time since 1954, sending world champions France packing at the round of 16 stage.

Didier Deschamps’ team were abject in the first half, failing to adjust to a back three system and leaving plenty of space in behind for the Swiss to attack. Haris Seferovic struck first, overpowering Clement Lenglet and sending a wonderful header beyond Hugo Lloris.

Deschamps changed the shape to something more familiar at half-time, but it didn’t work immediately. Benjamin Pavard’s rash challenge gave Ricardo Rodriguez the chance to send France packing, but Hugo Lloris met it and the French had a lifeline.

They used it well too. All of a sudden, the world champions sprung into life, with Kylian Mbappe, Karim Benzema and Antoine Griezmann putting the Swiss to the sword. The three combined wonderfully, and a four-minute double-salvo from Benzema turned the game on its head.

Paul Pogba then got in on the act with a glorious strike from distance, and it seemed as if it would all be plain-sailing from there. But you just can’t take anything for granted at Euro 2020, can you?

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Seferovic came to the fore again with another header that threw the Swiss a life raft of their own, and with one wonderful strike from substitute Mario Gavranovic, they jumped right on it and sent a pulsating game into extra-time.

A couple of great stops from either keeper meant penalties awaited, and after nine successive spot-kicks were converted, it was Mbappe of all people who saw his kick saved by Yann Sommer as Switzerland came up with one of the shocks of the tournament.

Here’s how the players rated.

1. Goalkeeper & Defenders


Lloris saves from the spot / FRANCK FIFE/Getty Images

N'Golo Kante, Haris Seferovic

Kante battles with Haris Seferovic / Marko Djurica – Pool/Getty Images

3. Forwards

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Kevin Mbabu, Kingsley Coman

Coman emerged from the bench / Mihai Barbu – Pool/Getty Images

Switzerland player ratings


Scenes. / DANIEL MIHAILESCU/Getty Images

6. Midfielders & Wing-backs

Kylian Mbappe, Granit Xhaka

Xhaka gets a foot in on Mbappe / Marcio Machado/Getty Images

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8. Substitutes

Mario Gavranovic

Gavranovic celebrates his famous equaliser / Justin Setterfield/Getty Images

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