Spain has qualified for the semi-finals of the European Championship after an agonizing match against Switzerland that has shown why it had eliminated a world champion like France. It was not the most colorful game of the Spanish players, but they did pose a serious encounter. They lacked creativity to surprise the rival more. Let’s look at the player notes.
Unai Simon (9): He couldn’t do anything in the conceded goal, and he had two good saves that kept Spain alive. On penalties he stopped two shots. He is a great goalkeeper.
Azpilicueta (6): He did not manage to join the attack as he did against Croatia, and defensively he did not manage to end the few internships that the Swiss had for his band.
Laporte (7): He had a good game, both in pressure and at the start, but he missed the goal by not clearing well and causing a rebound. Still, he is the best defense of the national team.
Pau Torres (4): He was nervous, erratic and badly placed at times, which also does not help the rest of his teammates to concentrate. Spain has a problem with Laporte’s companion.
Jordi Alba (7): had a great role in provoking the first goal for Spain and leaving several centers that could mean a more bulky result. In defense it has also been important.
Busquets (8): It started very well, both in the pressure and the organization of the game, but ended up blurring as the minutes went by. In extra time he revived again and gave a real recital in pressure and filtering passes.
Koke (6): He was not very participatory again, although his sacrifice helped the team to maintain possession and be orderly. He was replaced by Marcos Llorente, to give another air to the selection.
Pedri (7.5): the canary was once again the note of color in a team that was very thick today. He gave several key passes that could have scored goals for the national team, and also left his soul defensively. At 18, Pedri is an exceptional footballer.
Ferran Torres (6.5): At the beginning he was very active trying to overflow, and left good centers, but he ran out of gas and before that he could not make a difference.
Sarabia (5): he was a bit lost and did not find his place in the game, it was one of the first changes.
Morata (7): Sometimes the job of a forward is not to score, and that’s what happened today with Morata. The center forward worked with his back to goal to try to disrupt the orderly Swiss defense and did it phenomenally. He lacked something more quality to turn and shoot or assist but he made a good game.
Dani Olmo (7): he went out and managed to revolutionize the game, although he encountered Sommer and the mistakes of his teammates in front of goal. Dani overflowed, attended and fired.
Gerard Moreno (5): He came in to try to score a goal and failed everything. He had several clear occasions and wasted them. It is true that he tried, but a footballer like him is asked for more success.
Oyarzabal (7): Luis Enrique gave him entry to take advantage of the inferiority of Switzerland and only Sommer’s good saves prevented him from being the hero. He made his own plays and gave Spain confidence when it needed it most.
Marcos Llorente (6): He replaced Koke and gave Spain a bigger tusk, but neither could he demonstrate the football he has played at Atlético.
Thiago Alcantara (S / P)
Rodri (S / P)