Both of these two sides were involved in a hugely entertaining topsy-turvy affairs on Monday. Spain’s defence had been relatively reliable before their round of 16 tie against Croatia, and they’d allowed the fewest efforts on goal prior to their defensive collapse in Copenhagen.
Nevertheless, Luis Enrique’s side showed that they have the ability to dig deep and there can be little doubt surrounding the collective ‘buy-in’ and effort from the players. La Roja have scored the most goals at the tournament so far (11) and are averaging around 17 shots per game. Pablo Sarabia has quickly become one of the stars of the tournament and is un-droppable, whilst Ferran Torres put in a scintillating display on the right-hand side of the front three.
Switzerland usually bow out at the round of 16 stage, however, they failed to receive the memo and took pre-tournament favourites France all the way to penalties in Bucharest. They managed to keep their composure from the spot and benefitted from the heroics of goalkeeper Yann Sommer.
The Swiss had the chance to win in regular time (missing a penalty) and showed a never-say-die attitude throughout the second half.
They are yet to keep a clean sheet at this tournament and with Spain looking shaky at the back on Monday afternoon, this could be another entertaining 90 minutes.