Goodbye France, this summer belongs to Jan Somer.
The Swiss goalkeeper, who left in the middle of the group stage of the European Championship to be with his wife for the birth of their second daughter, made the biggest save in his life against one of the best players in the world.
This gave the Swiss a 5-4 penalty shootout victory over French champions France on Monday and a place in the quarterfinals of a major football tournament for the first time in 67 years. The match ends 3-3.
Sommer dived to the right to save the final penalty from Kylian Mbappé, the young French striker who became a superstar at the last World Cup, scoring in the final.
“I think we left everything we had on the field,” Somer said. “I’m incredibly proud of this team, how we did it tonight.”
Sommer, who flew back to Germany after losing the team to Italy 3-0 to return home when his daughter was born on June 16, made the decisive save on the 10th penalty after the previous nine were successful.
“What a football night,” Somer said. “It was our chance to finally get through to the quarterfinals because we had never done it before. It’s amazing. We played with heart and character. It’s amazing.”
The Swiss did not reach the quarterfinals of a major tournament, as they hosted the 1954 World Cup. This team also completed a series of three consecutive appearances in the round of 16. They were knocked out by Poland after losing penalties 5-4 at Euro 2016.
“We went down in history tonight,” said Swiss captain Granit Jaka. “We are all very proud.”
The Swiss will then play Spain in the quarterfinals on Friday in St. Petersburg.
This was the third match of the quarterfinals of Euro 2020, which went into overtime, but the first was decided by penalties.
Harris Seferovic led Switzerland head to head in the 15th minute as France struggled to work alone in the game. But everything changed at the beginning of the second half, when the Swiss were awarded a penalty.
France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, captain of the team, saved the exact shot of Ricardo Rodriguez in the 55th minute and it seemed to wake up his teammates. Karim Benzema scored moments later in the 57th and then again in the 59th to give France the lead for a quick turnaround.
“We went through every possible emotion and honestly, football was what we like,” Loris said. “The two goals we conceded in the last quarter of an hour really hurt us.”
Paul Pogba made it 3-1 in the 75th with a right-footed shot from 20 meters and the game seemed inaccessible. But just as quickly as France had taken the match, they released it again.
Seferovic scored another header in the 81st minute, and reserve Mario Gavranovic made it 3-3, with only seconds left.
France was trying to win major titles for the second time. The French won the World Cup in 1998 and followed with the title of Euro 2000. Five years ago, France lost in the final of Euro 2016, but then won the 2018 World Cup.
Mbape was only 19 when France won the title in Moscow and he became the youngest player from Pele in 1958 to score in the World Cup final.
The Brazilian giants hurried to offer their support after the heartbreaking pass in Bucharest.
“Keep your head up, Kaylian!” Tomorrow is the first day of a new journey, @KMbappe “, the Brazilian giant wrote on Twitter.
France coach Didier Deschamps played on these winning teams more than 20 years ago and is trying to become the first person to achieve the feat both as a player and as a coach.
“It hurts, but we have to accept it,” Deschamps said. “It’s football. Everyone is really disappointed. Everyone is sad in the locker room. But the whole squad is still united in this difficult time. ”